Our goal is to deliver the very best value and the best performance products to our customers and that means adopting the latest business practices. To remain agile, our product range is constantly evolving and updating to keep up with the rapid pace of development in the LED industry. We have a core range of products for all occasions, from 200w High Bays to 5w MR16's, in different colour temperatures, lumins and beam angles, covering all the main residential and commercial applications.
We have a number of factories manufacturing products for us to Australian Standards, so no matter what you need, we can get it from a trusted partner with a proven track record and with a local guarantee from BPL. Whatever your LED lighting requirements the team at BPL can find you the right product for the job, so you can relax in the knowledge it’s the best value and performance on the market today. With energy efficient lighting evolving at a rapid pace, new products are constantly entering the market, more efficient, more powerful and advanced than their predecessor. As your LED Lighting partner we are there to keep you informed of the latest trends and models available and that is reflected in the products we offer you.
Not all LEDs are created equal and not all are made for extended operating hours typical in common area lighting! When undertaking lighting upgrades BPL carefully matches the needs of its customers with the quality atributes of the lamps to ensure best fit at best pricing. There are cheaper products out there but they fall short of our quality products.
All our products meet Australian Safety and EMC standards and are backed up by our comprehensive warranty.
LED Globes come in many shapes and sizes and can help transform your living, office or shop space in the colour of your choice. LED light globes can offer you unlimited lighting opportunities and at Best Practice Lighting we will ensure you get the optimum lighting effect. Where ever possible Best Practice Lighting will recommend retro fitting with an LED lamp rather than incurring the expense of replacing the fitting as well.
Step 1 - Figure out what type of LED lighting you need. The first step is to figure out what type of luminaires you need. If you’re just replacing a globe it's likely to be an obvious choice (and you can skip this step), but if you’re planning a new lighting scheme, you’ll need to understand a bit about good lighting design, and what you want the light to achieve. Is it task lighting for a specific job? Or is it general lighting to light up a room? Perhaps accent lighting to show off a particular architectural feature or artwork? Different lamps will fulfil these purposes in different ways. In most cases, you’ll need to choose either:
A downlight - directional, good for general, task and accent lighting
A general purpose globe - omnidirectional, good for general / ambient lighting
Step 2 - Choose or identify the mounting type. Different bulbs mount in different ways. Here's a guide to the common types of mounting options you’ll most likely need to choose from:
General purpose household lighting:
Edison screw mount -typically E27 or E14 (‘E’ stands for Edison, either 27mm or 14mm screw diameter)
Bayonet mount – typically B22 or B15 (‘B’ for bayonet, 22mm or 15mm diameter)
GU10 – This has two thick, nubby heads, and is twisted into place. Downlight lamps with this type of mount are 240V lamps, and don’t require an additional transformer.
MR16 – This mounting has two narrow, nail-like pins, and runs on 12V power – which means lamps of this type require a driver or transformer. The driver will need to be designed specifically for use with LED lights - it's not a good idea to try and reuse existing drivers from a halogen dichroic downlight setup.
Step 3 - Choose the right beam angle (downlights)
General purpose household globes will cast light in every direction like a traditional incandescent (or 'GLS') globe would, so if that's what you're after you can skip this step. If you’re buying downlights, it’s important to understand that they’re 'directional' - and that you’ll need to choose downlights with the correct beam angle for your purposes. The ‘beam angle’ determines the width of the beam coming from the globe. For a 2400mm ceiling, a 60 degree beam angle should be fine, but you may want to test to be sure. Lower ceilings are likely to require wider beam angles (e.g. 100-120 degrees), and higher ceilings are likely to require a narrower beam angle. If you’re after a reasonably consistent coverage on the floor, the beams should intersect at about 1100mm (a bit over a metre) above the floor surface. For a 2400mm ceiling with 60 degree beam angles, this means you'd need to space the lights out at about 1200mm intervals.
Step 4 - Decide on the lumen intensity
It used to be that you could get a clear enough idea of how intense a bulb would be from its wattage. A 100W incandescent bulb would be bright, and 40W bulb would be dim. This kind of logic doesn’t apply to LED lighting though. As the technology improves, the power LED lamps use to create an equivalent amount of light is going down - and it varies from model to model.
What you’ll need to look for when deciding on the intensity of your LEDs is the lumen output (e.g. 250lm).
Below is a guide outlining what you should probably be looking for in terms of lumen outputs:
Incandescent WattageLED lumen output / luminous flux
40W = 470lm
60W = 806lm
75W = 1055lm
100W = 1521lm
150W = 2452lm
Step 5 - Choose a colour temperature
You might have noticed that some lights are yellowish, and some are bright white or even bluish - this is because of the ‘colour temperature’ they’re designed to produce. If you hadn’t given it much thought, chances are you’ll notice it everywhere from now on...
Without going into all the psychology behind colour temperatures (it makes a surprising difference), as a rule of thumb you’ll want ‘warmer’, more yellowish colour temperatures in living areas to make them feel more comfortable, and cooler colour temperatures in the parts of your house where you need to be alert and see what you’re doing. Below’s a basic guide to the colour temperatures that are usually appropriate for different parts of your home:
Living areas - warm white (2700K)
Work areas - cool white (4100K) to daylight (6500K)
Step 6 - Compare wattages
It's likely that many LED lamps will have different lumen outputs for similar wattages. 'Lumens per watt' is a good way to think about how efficient an LED globe is. If there are two otherwise identical bulbs and one has a significantly lower wattage for the same lumen output, it may be worth thinking about how much money that’ll save over decades of use. If the price isn’t that much more to begin with, paying extra for a lower wattage globe could easily be worth the difference.
Step 7 - Look at the rated lifespan
The rated lifespan for an LED globe isn’t actually a guess about when it'll die. LEDs probably won't die for decades, unless they’re badly built or improperly installed. Instead, the amount of light they produce slowly fades over time. The generally accepted measure for the lifespan of an LED globe is when it’s lost 30% of its original intensity – this is known as its L70 rating. Many modern LED bulbs claim to have an L70 lifespan of about 50,000 to 60,000 hours. In real terms, that would mean that you could probably expect about 50 years worth of use out of an LED globe with this L70 rating if it was used for a few hours a day. In reality, these ratings are often an educated guess (or in the worst of cases a bit of a marketing gimmick). A lot of manufacturers don't test the lifespans of their LEDs under transparent, standardised laboratory conditions.