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COB LED vs. SMD LED: Which One Shines Brighter?

Posted by MItchell Elworthy on
You love your LED lights, as they have long lifespans and are more efficient than your old-school fluorescent bulbs. Plus, these bulbs are safer and feature lower maintenance costs. However, not all LED lights are alike. The reality is, there are two kinds of LED downlights: the chip on board, or COB, LED and the surface mount diode, or SMD, LED. Both...
COB LED vs. SMD LED: Which One Shines Brighter?

Warm White Vs Cool White Lighting

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Choosing the most suitable colour temperature for lighting is crucial. The colour temperature of your lights can help create the perfect atmosphere or mood for your desired area, whether it’s your home, office, or store. This blog will explore the differences between the colour temperatures, the impact they can have on a room or area, as well as suggested applications...
Warm White Vs Cool White Lighting

Floor Lamp Ideas (A Room by Room Guide)

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The right lighting can make all the difference in your home. It can balance out a room that is North-facing and dim or make a too-large space feel intimate and cozy. Some lights are practically a work of art on their own. You'll need to use a number of different lamps to achieve the right effect, and the right floor...
Floor Lamp Ideas (A Room by Room Guide)

9 Reasons You Need to Invest in Solar Lights

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The Benefits of Using Solar Powered Lighting Solar lighting is reaching a mainstream tipping point for good reason. This form of illumination is environmentally-friendly, affordable, mobile and effective. Opt for solar powered lighting and you will never go back to regular lights. Here's why. The magic of solar lights If you were to take a look at the rooftops of...
9 Reasons You Need to Invest in Solar Lights

What is IP Rating?

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IP CHART An IP (Ingress Protection) Chart is an international protection rating chart that informs us how resistant a product is to solids and liquids.The First digit is the indication for the protection rating a product has against solids. This ranges from protection level 1 - 6 and indicates from 50mm solid penetration to dust particle penetration.The Second digit indicates...
What is IP Rating?

Best Outdoor Heaters Australia 2019

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As you are starting to feel them late afternoon winter breezes flowing by, it's now time to plan on being ready for when winter fully kicks in and staying warm.  I know in the past I've been guilty of finishing up for the day then staying indoors every evening until spring hits again, but now with advanced technologies in outdoor...
Best Outdoor Heaters Australia 2019

Tips For Kitchen Pendant Lighting

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Kitchen pendant lighting ideas to consider. How many times have you heard 'home is where the heart is'? Your kitchen needs the most love when it comes to lighting, after all they are the central point of homes today. There are 1000's of different pendant lights online you can get for practical use but why not go the extra mile selecting...
Tips For Kitchen Pendant Lighting

3 in 1 Bathroom Heater Review - Our Best 3 in 1 Bathroom Heaters 2020

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What is a 3 in 1 bathroom heater? 3 in 1 bathroom heaters are a compact all in 1 unit, they will consist of a light, an extraction fan and heat unit.  What are the benefits of 3 in 1 bathroom heater? Having a 3 in 1 bathroom heaters are crucial for ventilation. Having adequate ventilation is paramount for removing stale air...
3 in 1 Bathroom Heater Review - Our Best 3 in 1 Bathroom Heaters 2020

Everything You Need to Know About Ceiling Fans

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We are now right into summer! However, along with the endless happy days of warm sunshine comes a rise in temperature that some may find a little hot to handle. This blog aims to be your definitive guide to choosing, installing and maintaining your ceiling fan, but first a little about why the humble ceiling fan is the best method for...
Everything You Need to Know About Ceiling Fans

How To Choose The Right LED Downlight

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What are Downlights? Downlights are one of the most common lighting fixtures you will see in any modern home. They're extremely popular because they provide warm general lighting that's unobtrusive compared to a traditional light fixture. However, there are lots of considerations when shopping for the perfect one. Should you choose LED or halogen bulbs? What's the ideal wattage and spacing?...
How To Choose The Right LED Downlight

The Lighting Outlets Top 10 Downlights 2020

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The Lighting Outlets Top 10 Downlights In this blog, we will go over our best downlights and explain why. We will be looking at overall value, performance and design. We will have 2 separate top 5 lists. One for the best value LED downlights and one for our high-end downlights. When purchasing LED downlights people underestimate how they can change...
The Lighting Outlets Top 10 Downlights 2020

The Complete Expert Buyers Guide to LED Strip Lights in 2019

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We love LED strip lights, as they're so versatile with unlimited designs and applications. You are able to let your imagination go free and create your dream space. In this blog, we will go through how to choose the best LED strip lights for your application, as they're are many options to chose from. One of the best things about shopping for...
The Complete Expert Buyers Guide to LED Strip Lights in 2019

How to Decorate With LED Strip Lighting

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LED strip lighting is becoming an immensely popular modern decorating style that a lot of people are now enjoying. If you'd like your lights to look professional and really elevate the mood and tone of a room, read on. In this blog, we explore the popular trend and how you can successfully implement LED strip lights in your home. In...
How to Decorate With LED Strip Lighting

LED Battens - Everything You Need To Know

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LED battens have come along way in the last few years with the technology of LED, now batten lights have loads of different options as oppose to every batten being 2 x 36 fluorescent battens. LED battens now are much more streamlined with a slim and minimalist look but yet still put out the same brightness, this is great because...
LED Battens - Everything You Need To Know

Everything You Need To Know Before Buying Step Lights

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When buying step lights it can quickly become very confusing as there are loads of different types and considerations to make before buying. LED step lights are very under used in my opinion, when done right can majorly enhance the application, not to mention offer a safe light for stepping. LED stepping lights are very energy efficient with most being...
Everything You Need To Know Before Buying Step Lights

Everything You Need To Know About LED Panel Lights

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In recent years we have seen LED panels really take off. From the old troffer lights, typically only used and found in offices, to now seen in commercial and residential applications, used in a decorative touch. LED panel lights are extremely practical with its wide angle light output, and low glare effect.    LED panel lighting can also be used to imitate the look...
Everything You Need To Know About LED Panel Lights

Why to buy 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel Lighting

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Why to buy 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel Lights When buying lighting, particularly exterior lighting, there are many things to consider and the main one is - is the material right for your application? In this lighting blog, we will run through the points on why you should buy 316 marine grade stainless steel lighting over 304 stainless and aluminium...
Why to buy 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel Lighting

The Best LED Dimmers To Buy

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There are many different dimmers on the market so how do you know which one to choose?   There a few things to look at before simply buying any dimmer. Manufacturer - If you stick with the same brand dimmer as the brand light, you are sure to know it has been tested on this product and will be compatible. Quality - Always...
The Best LED Dimmers To Buy

Brand Spotlight: Havit Lighting

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This month we are excited to feature one of the top manufacturers in Australia, and also one of our premium brands, Havit Lighting. Havit Lighting are known for their extremely proficient quality. This can be seen in their clean-cut, silky packaging, all the way to their professional and personal service. However, it is the quality of their products that hold...
Brand Spotlight: Havit Lighting

How Do You Choose The Right Light Globe?

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There are many factors to consider when selecting which globe to purchase and suit your application. First things first, always choose LED, you will save on up to 90% on electricity and will last typically 50 times longer than halogen. LEDs also instantly start, have a wider range of colour temperatures, and are much more environmentally friendly. Are there any downsides to LEDs?...
How Do You Choose The Right Light Globe?
The Lighting Outlet has long had a successful relationship with Lighting Inspirations and D’Epoca brands, both of which are owned by Lode International. In this interview, to find out more about the brains behind the business(es), we sat down with Greg Harburg! Buyer for Lode International. Read on to discover which light style is everyone's favourite, how to choose a quality...
An Interview with Greg Harburg of Lighting Inspirations & D'Epoca

Why To Buy Brilliant Lighting Products

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The Lighting Outlet is excited to feature one of our favourite and long-term suppliers, Brilliant Lighting. In this blog we’ll run through what Brilliant Lighting offers The Lighting Outlet, and most importantly our customers. As a wholesaler, Brilliant Lighting is one of the leaders in Australia, letting both The Lighting Outlet and our customers know that every time their logo...
Why To Buy Brilliant Lighting Products

How to Choose the Right Spike Light

Posted by Charmine @thelightingoutlet.com.au on
How do you choose the right spike light? Spike lights are very underrated into what they can achieve in practical light output but also in ambience. The best way to give your garden a face lift is to use spike lights, this is because they are fairly cheap and that they are DIY low voltage.  If you look at the...
How to Choose the Right Spike Light

How to Position Pendants Perfectly

Posted by MItchell Elworthy on
With the application of lighting playing such an important role in modern interior design it is no surprise that pendant lights have become a prominent and essential component when creating a harmonious atmosphere.    But how do we achieve this? Of course, style matching is fundamental when choosing your pendant. However, when positioning a pendant there are a few tips...
How to Position Pendants Perfectly

7 Tips for Styling Your Bedside Table

Posted by Charmine @thelightingoutlet.com.au on
We’ve seen them on Instagram and Pinterest, beautiful bedside tables styled to perfection. Warmly lit lamps adding to the glow of the room’s corner, magazines flawlessly spread, and a beautiful bedside lamp that matches the bed's frame and quilt cover easily. We’ve seen it, perfection is possible, but in reality, it’s hard to achieve. How can you style one of the...
7 Tips for Styling Your Bedside Table

Get Glowing! How to Decorate With Festoon Lighting

Posted by Charmine @thelightingoutlet.com.au on
Have you ever seen string lights in someone else's home and felt a magical, glowy feeling just by looking at them? Yep, it's pretty common, we call this the 'festoon lighting effect'. Bright, festive and cheerful, these lights are an easy and cost-effective way to add some happiness to your life. An added benefit is, the polished look of festoon lighting...
Get Glowing! How to Decorate With Festoon Lighting

How to Use Track Lighting for Commercial or Residential Spaces

Posted by Charmine @thelightingoutlet.com.au on
Track lighting is the latest lighting installation craze that’s sweeping across trendy cafes, stores and residential homes. Simple, functional and versatile, track lighting can be a discreet, minimalist way to strategically spotlight particular areas or make a high-end, modern statement. In this blog, The Lighting Outlet examines how track lights have been used in commercial and residential settings to maximum effect. Discover...
How to Use Track Lighting for Commercial or Residential Spaces
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