Category: Learn about LED

Want to get your head around LEDs or lighting? It’s tricky, but here we’ll teach you everything we know and help you make an informed decision about your lighting choices.

HOW TO: LED Strip Installation Guidelines

We’re often asked about how to install LED strip light systems, and what the maximum runs are from one transformer, how to dim LED strip and other various queries about LED strips. We’ve spent a bit of time creating a 16 page downloadable installation guide for you to make sure you’re getting the most out of your LED strip installation.

Click here to download the Lighting Matters 12V Strip Installation Guide

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LED lights change the way we use our 4wd Spot lights

Have LED’s finished off the traditional Spotlight?

For decades 4wd enthusiasts have been mounting the biggest and brightest spotlights they can find on the front of their 4wd’s, the question is with the introduction and advancement of LED lights are the days of the traditional Spotty numbered?

LED lights are now illuminating the way, coming in a wide variety of shapes, colours, beam widths and sizes to suit any need, budget and ego. Whilst logic would dictate that we buy after market lights for our cars to be able to see better in the bush or darken roads, the 4wd magazine hype will have us feeling inadequate if our 4wd does not front up with the latest bling on our rigs.

The difference between halogen headlights and LED lights is like day and night.

LED Lights used on 4wd

Now there are two ways to measure Lumens, potential and actual. The potential Lumens is often a figure direct from the globe, or diode manufacturer, and is always the highest number – think perfect conditions. Unfortunately in the real world things like lens design and manufacturing inefficiencies mean we rarely see anywhere close to the boasted figures.

Lumens, and light output in general work exactly the same.

The colour of the emitted LED lights is also as important as the light’s output. The colour temperature is rated in Degrees Kelvin. 4000K-5500K is equivalent of sunlight, which is the most visible to the human eye. Led lights on 4wd

The abundance of traditional halogens headlights and their ease of production still make them inexpensive, but comes with a  trade-off for fuel efficiency, battery strain and durability as halogens only produce light from around 5% of the electrical input to the globe, with the other 95% shed as heat up to 400 degrees Celsius hot enough to cook your dinner.

While LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights have been around for many years, and has really started to get a strangle hold in our homes, it is now transitioning in a big way into the motor vehicle industry.

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SMD vs. COB downlights

VIDEO: LED Downlight Comparison – SMD vs. COB Style

A question thats becoming all too common these days is the simple query; which is better… the SMD or COB style LED downlight?

Well, each has their own application, but this video will explain a little more in depth about the main pros and cons of each type.


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LED road lights improve accident black spots

How long before Australia follows the UK and starts replacing the traditional Cats eye on our roads with solar powered LED lights?LED lights, LED Cats eyes, Lighting Matters, LED Lighting

The new generation of road lights can be seen up to 1,000 meters ahead, 10 times further than traditional cats eyes, and capable of working for up to 10 days with just four hours of charge, and cost the same amount over the course of their life as traditional cats eyes.

Advances in technology have led to the development of studs that include LED light emitting diodes, hardwired in tunnels and solar powered elsewhere.

To date, the LED road lights have been used in about 400 accident black spots, including along stretches of the M40 in the Midlands and the A20 in Kent, the question is has the Australian authorities looked ahead and also LED lighting as an alternative way to make accident black spot areas saver for all road users.

Motorists in the UK have applauded to move, saying that it is much less stressful driving when the road studs are used because drivers can see rther ahead. They have also been proven to improve road discipline.

LED lights, LED Cats eyes, Lighting Matters, LED LightingThe lights have a battery which is capable of storing up to 200 hours worth of charge, which means they work even on days when there is little light.

The LED road lights are cost effective and last for between eight and 10 years. By contrast cats eyes cost around 1/3 of the price however only last for between two and three years before they need replacing.

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LED racing to new lengths

If you thought LED lighting had only limited uses then think again, a recent 6 week trial using LED lighting,  in the UK with two racehorses have shown improvements in condition and attitude.

led lighting, lighting matters, led lights in racing stables, led technologyUsing LED Full Spectrum lights, which were introduced to two stable boxes at Phil’s Sharpehill Stables in Middleham, North Yorkshire, following a suggestion by Keith Foster, owner of horticultural and seed specialists, Exhibition Seeds, and Stephen Fry, commercial sales manager for Coventry-based hydroponic manufacturers and wholesalers, HydroGarden. 

According to sources quoted in the article, LED therapy stimulates the release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a major carrier of energy to all cells that provides the energy driving the chemical reaction of the cell. 

Increases in ATP allow cells to use nutrients faster as well as get rid of waste products faster by increasing the energy level in the cell. Recent studies in Singapore and Italy using LED lights to heal strains and wounds showed encouraging results.


The LED lights, connected to timers to control the LED lights and to ensure the horses had adequate sleep, we strategically place 1 metre above each horse’s head in the middle of the stable in order to create a balanced spread of light and creating a sense of longer daylight hours.

After two weeks under the LED lights, both horses needed to have their daily food ration increased, which in turn resulted in improvements in their skin and general appearance compared to the horse in the adjacent stable boxes who were not supplied with the LED Lights

During the six-week trial, Kirby noted that the horses which had the LED therapy “developed excellent muscle tone and their generally improved wellbeing was very evident on their daily gallops”. Kirby is intends to continue the trial introducing the LED Full Spectrum lights trial on two more horses as the days start to shorten again in autumn.

At Lighting Matters we are excited by the many uses that LED lighting has, If you have a unique project you want to try, give us a call on 1300 565 337 to talk about how we can help you.

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White Light Prism Experiment

What is the colour of white?

What is the colour of white?

Although this reads like a zen question, lighting design types are at-hand with a long answer:
“What we call white light is actually a blend of colours from the visible spectrum. When substances heat up, they emit light. This aspect of thermal radiation is called incandescence. As an incandescing substance becomes hotter, the colour of the light blend shifts from red to blue. Colour temperature is measured in degrees Kelvin with low colour temperatures being characterised by red hues and high colour temperatures by blue hues. You’ve heard people using the terms ‘Warm White’ and ‘Cool White’. Well, these are just descriptions lighting companies apply to relatively lower (warmer) and higher (cooler) colour temperatures.
But LED’s aren’t incandescing. Mostly we are firing high-powered blue light into phosphors to produce photons in the form of white light. Decent quality LED colour appearance is critically reliant on the consistent quality of the phosphors used in manufacturing, the goal being to match the correlated colour temperature shift of a theoretically ideal incandescing object – known as a Planckian black body radiator.”
It’s reasonably complex so be sure to ask your LED salesperson the following question: “Who makes the LED chip in that lamp?” If they can answer the question, it’s a really good start. Then ask them why it’s well made, and if they can answer that well enough, then you should be in pretty good stead.
Remember, Lighting Matters. Do it properly.
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RGB LED Strip Light

Easy to use LED ribbons

LED ribbons and strips are available by the roll where they are just unrolled, stuck into place and power applied.  These are ideal for hidden lighting above cupboards and pelmets.

The other advantage with LED ribbons is that they are a DIY solution.  Because they run from extra-low voltage DC, such as 12 or 24 volts, you can install them yourself and power them from a suitable mains power supply or plugpack, which are readily available from electronics stores.

LED strips are also available in complete kits precut to shorter lengths, say 300mm or 500mm. They usually have short leads with plugs and sockets already fitted and you simply stick them in place, plug them together and plug them into the matching power supply supplied in the kit.

–  Excerpt from ReNew magazine


Click here to see Lighting Matters range of strip lighting


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