When using Energy Efficient lamps, it can get a little confusing to make sense of the wattage. Therefore, we've included a comparative table to simplify matters.
Low Energy Bulbs
8 - 10 Watts
11 - 14 Watts
18 - 22 Watts
23 - 27 Watts
Dimmer devices are lighting controls used to alter the brightness of the light. Fittings using incandescent bulbs are dimmable and fluorescent lamps can be dimmed where specialist gear is fitted.
When using dimmers, it is useful to note that they will produce some level of buzzing at either the dimmer switch or actual light fitting. This does not indicate a fault unless there is excessive noise which may indicate an incorrect dimmer choice.
Many products come complete with a dimmer, making them a versatile choice for setting the mood, adjusting the atmosphere to suit the activity, conserving energy and increasing lamp life. You may be able to fit a dimmer to products not sold as dimmable, so it's worth your while to check.
The type of switch a fitting has would indicate the method apparent to activate the light. Many fittings such as wall lights and over mirror lights come complete with their own integral switch, so they can be turned on/off individually without operating other lights. Other products are wired up to a switch in the room, usually wall mounted.
Integral switches usually come as either on/off push buttons, toggle, dimmers or pull cords.
The photocell sensor switch works by using light sensitive cells which automatically switches on lights at nightfall and switches off at daybreak. This function is otherwise known as 'Dusk to Dawn' and is used in a range of exterior lights for security, convenience and aesthetics.
Passive Infrared Sensors play a vital role in security lighting. They are incorporated in a range of exterior lights to serve the purpose of motion detectors.
Manual Overide Facility:
This facility is found in some exterior lighting with integral photocell sensor switches and PIR Sensors and provides user control to switch the light on and off when required or alternatively keep the fitting switched on as a constant light source.
Transformers are used as a device to change the voltage of electricity. You will find indication on the product description as to whether it is necessary to purchase these separately.