LED Lighting Control Systems

LED Lighting Control Systems.

Save Energy
LED’s are extremely efficient which means they are capable of outputting 5 times as much light (lumens) per watt than halogen lights and as much as 10 times that of conventional GLS bulbs.

Save Money
You will save money on 2 fronts:

  • Electrical running costs – Your electrical costs relating to lighting will be cut by up to 90%.
  • Replacement costs – Good quality LEDs have lamp-lives of 30,000-100,000 hours which means that if used for 8 hours a day, the average good quality LED lamp will last for about 10 years. This compares with: Compact Fluorescent ~10,000 hours; Longlife Halogen ~ 6000 hours; Standard Halogen ~2000 hours; Incandscent <2000 hours

Environmentally Friendlier
In addition to reducing carbon footprint, LED’s do not contain any heavy metals such as those found in CFL energy efficient alternatives.

Light Quality
The latest high-power LED’s can now offer a quality of light to match that we have become accustomed to with low voltage halogen lamps. The light produced has equivalent (colour temperatures) and (colour rendering) which means that our surroundings can be lit with warm, natural light with out resorting to halogen lighting which was the only realistic alternative in the past.

Safer
LEDs generate little heat compared to halogen & incandescent which means that there is reduced fire-risk if downlights for example come in to contact with insulation in attics.

Dimmable
LED’s can now be dimmed whereas the latest dimmable CFL bulbs require warm-up periods and dim poorly.

Aesthetics
LED lighting is available in a huge number of shapes and sizes meaning there will be an appropriate fitting or lamp to meet your physical requirements.

OK, but CFL’s are cheaper
Compact fluorescent is the most readily available lighting option for energy conscious consumers but there are a number of compelling reasons why LED is the way forward:

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    • Even the best CFLs do not produce light that is well suited to the residential aesthetic. Good quality LED produces superior light quality which is more akin to low voltage halogen.
    • No heavy metals such as mercury which is contained in CFLs.
    • Longer lamp life
    • No warm-up period
    • Completely silent
    • CFLs are designed to be left on for long periods of time; switching reduces operational life.

Lighting Control & LED
LEDs run on low voltage direct current (between 12-50VDC) and therefore need an interface called a driver to connect them to mains voltage (230VAC) switches & dimmers. Some drivers are built-in (retrofit products) but for more demanding applications the LED fitting usually has an external driver. Our lighting control systems can control & dim LED lighting in the following ways:

Mains dimmed via digital TRIAC.

  • TRIAC dimmers are the type found in lighting control systems. These are a more efficient, digital version of the common rotary dimmers found in most homes and are capable of controlling the low loads that LEDs present.

DMX (colour changing)

  • DMX is a control standard that has been used in the entertainment industry for many years for controlling stage lighting and effects and was adopted as the control system for colour changing LED. Our lighting systems can be designed to incorporate DMX interfaces which can provide subtle control of colour to suit your mood in addition to more obvious applications such as colour chase sequences etc.

DALI, 0-10V, etc control (commercial).

  • These control systems are historically used in commercial fluorescent tube lighting applications but can have applications with LED.

LED Lighting Supply
Intelligent Living Systems has diversified and now supplies LED lighting to compliment our home automation systems; more information about LED lighting can be found at  or alternatively for more information.