Business Continuity – COVID-19

COVID-19 Article

Updated April 23, 2020

Dear Customer

As a Company our family extends across the globe to our Customers and Suppliers in many European and Asian countries and we know that many people have already been impacted.

 

We are therefore continuing to take the utmost care to protect our teams, as well as our Customers and Suppliers. We are adapting our working environment and many of our staff who can work from home are now doing so.

 

Meanwhile our main warehouse in the UK remains open. However, we are taking the strongest safeguards to ensure hygiene and social distancing is continued to be observed amongst our warehouse team. As part of this we have split our teams into two whilst ensuring all members are always wearing gloves and masks  and everyone has their own sanitiser.

 

Due to the high demand we are experiencing we have temporarily moved the cut-off time for our Express 1-2 Day Delivery Service to 5pm on Monday through to Friday. Also, there will temporarily be no Express Delivery orders dispatched on Sunday.

 

Furthermore, due to the high demand being experienced in the home delivery network we are aware of possible delays to deliveries in some areas. We and our courier partners are doing all we can to get your order to you at the expected time, but please bear with us if there are any delays.

 

We remain available for you to place orders online 24/7 at lyco.co.uk . We have also increased the level of support we are offering via our Live Chat service extending both into the evenings as well as at weekends. Please bear in mind that all our teams are working remotely so the speed of their response may vary depending on how busy they are helping other Customers.

 

We have experienced a surge in demand for our products. This has resulted in our Supply Chain team working tirelessly to replenish stocks as quickly as we can. We are continuing to update our website with the latest information available to us but if something you are looking for is not in stock please check with us when it’s expected to be back in stock.

 

Of course, this is a fast-changing and developing situation which we are constantly reviewing hour-by-hour, day-by day. As and when we have any further news to pass on, we will do so as quickly as we can.

 

Finally, to further assist our Customers during this period of lockdown we have extended the period for you to return any items to 12 weeks.

 

We continue with passion to support our teams, our Customers and our Suppliers with the same vision and values that we have had in place since we commenced trading 25 years ago.

 

We send our support to any affected family and ask you to take the precautions you need to stay healthy.

Thank you for your continuous support and loyalty

Charles Barnett
CEO and Founder

Driveway Lighting Tips For Hospitality Venues

Driveway Lighting

A well-lit driveway can make guests feel truly welcome and safe as they arrive at your premises. As well as its practical benefits, lighting also has the ability to completely change the look and feel of a property’s entrance, delighting guests time after time. The following lighting tips can be applied to virtually any driveway or pathway.

Recessed ground lights

Ground lights by Lyco

Recessed ground lights are a popular choice for driveways because they are versatile, unobtrusive, and easy to install – they also look great too. Recessed ground lights can either be positioned at regular intervals around the perimeter of a space, or used to highlight a specific entry route or pathway. When choosing ground lights, look for lights with an IP68 rating: This means the lights are totally protected against dust and water, and generally hardy enough to handle the worst of the British weather.

Post and bollard lights

Post and bollard lights from Lyco

Post and pedestal lights are useful for marking out the perimeter of a driveway or path to highlight the entry and exit routes. They generally sit best when positioned asymmetrically so as to avoid creating a runway effect. The good news is that these fixtures don’t typically become blocked by snow or leaf debris in the same way that recessed ground lighting might, but a possible downside is that they inevitably take up more physical space.

For these reasons, post lights work best in wide open spaces rather than tightly walled boundaries. Try positioning them on top of a wall at either side of the entrance, set on bends to make obstacles visible, including trees, walls, boulders or outdoor seats, or blend into garden shrubs and rockery for a decorative appearance.

Hanging decorative lights

Outdoor decorative lights by Lyco

If the entrance walkway is sheltered by tree branches, a canopy, or a pergola, hanging light fittings are a practical yet attractive solution, creating a glowing pool of light on the pathway or patio area below, and adding a dramatic appearance to the area. Similarly, a string of fairy lights, lanterns, or festoons hung above or along the length of a driveway or entrance can create a magical effect.

Wall-mounted motion-sensor lights

PIR Security lights by LycoWall-mounted lights with motion sensors can serve as a convenient driveway and pathway lighting solution, particularly when space on the ground is limited. These lights are generally most suitable within car parks and entrance ways. They will automatically turn on as a visitor approaches, distributing light only when it is needed before automatically turning off afterwards – conserving energy and keeping unnecessary illumination to a minimum.

Choosing the right light source for your premises

Solar driveway lighting

Solar lighting from Lyco

Since solar lights draw their energy from the sunlight, they don’t require an electrical supply to operate, which removes any running costs. And because solar lights don’t need to be plugged into a mains source, they can be positioned anywhere, and without needing an electrician. While direct sunlight will provide the best source of energy, most solar powered lights will run efficiently even during overcast spells of weather, albeit to a slightly lesser degree.

Electrical driveway lighting

Garden24 24 volt lighting by Lyco
Compared to solar lighting, electrical lighting offers far brighter illumination, and is typically more durable. Electric lights will also stay illuminated for as long as they’re switched on, while solar lights will require charging between use. We offer a range of 24volt outdoor lighting that doesn’t require an electrician to install, saving you hundreds of pounds. These cables don’t need to be buried and can be extended to include wall lights, ground lights and much more.

Planning lights for your driveway entrance

When planning outdoor driveway and entrance lighting, it is essential to identify potential hazards beforehand. Fixtures should be set along the driveway wherever there are obstacles and obstructions including trees, fences, walls, boulders, dipped and raised land or changes of direction.

In addition, lighting can be used to illuminate ponds, statues, and plants, but be aware that some plants will not survive well in constant bright light so it may be necessary to point the beam away from the leaves to prevent unwanted damage.

For further advice on any product or lighting project, please contact the friendly Lyco sales team here.

Lyco Awarded ‘Platinum Trusted Merchant’ Status from Feefo for Five Years of Gold Standard Customer Reviews

Award Winning Customer Service

Our award-winning level of customer care is a source of pride to us, and we constantly strive to maintain and improve it. The best way of assessing our performance is through customer service ratings.

With this in mind, we are delighted to announce that Lyco has been awarded ‘Platinum Trusted Merchant 2020’ status from Feefo. To achieve this, we have successfully achieved Gold Standard Customer Service for five years in a row – a rating of over 90% on reviews collected during 2019.

Feefo Platinum Award Customer Service

This award is testament to our strong customer focus.

To inspire confidence, we display the Feefo icon in the header of our website. Visiting our Feefo reviews page gives access to all customer service and product reviews from the current and previous years. The reviews are unedited, so positive and negative comments are visible alongside any responses from us. You can also quickly see reviews using the supplied tab on product pages.

Customer feedback: completing the cycle

Before we offer items for sale, they are sourced from worldwide manufacturers, evaluated, and either selected or rejected by our expert team of buyers. Various criteria affect the selection process, including build quality, design, packaging and presentation, price, and whether the product brings anything new to our existing ranges.

Once an item is added to our collection, it is carefully placed online with specifications and photos. Always ready to answer questions is our friendly and informed sales team.
The vital link in each transaction, however, is the buyer, who forms an unbiased view of the service we provide and the products we sell. A feedback system gives customers a voice and acts as a helpful guide for other shoppers. It has become an asset to us, too.

Responding to criticism

If our service falls short in any way, we try to improve and make the necessary changes to our operation. Any negative product-specific feedback is addressed and resolved directly with our suppliers. This ensures that products are amended or removed from the range as necessary to avoid multiple customers experiencing similar problems. By listening to our customers, we at Lyco can make more advised choices about the brands, products, and ranges we sell in the future.

Our guarantees

Despite our best efforts, we know there will be times when products do not quite meet the expectations of our customers. Our ‘change your mind guarantee’ is available with the vast majority of products and gives total peace of mind when shopping. You can return any item that fails to satisfy within 14 days for a full refund.

The change your mind guarantee does not apply to products made to order, though these are often covered by a manufacturer’s guarantee. In the rare event that no guarantee exists, any item found to be damaged or faulty on receipt is repaired or replaced without fuss.

Customer reviews inspire an open and honest relationship between retailers and shoppers. We hope our new Feefo status proves our commitment to high quality service and care. Our final promise is that we will endeavour to improve even further, based on all that you say.

Charles Barnett Managing Director

Charles started Lyco in 1995 with just 4 enthusiastic employees and has grown it considerably over the past 25 years. Charles is also the Managing Director of Lighting Direct and newly acquired Online Lighting. He now has a team of 50 lighting experts working on growing Lyco Group to be the UK leader in lighting for both businesses and homes. Away from the office he is a keen cyclist and is proud to have cycled 1017 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for a new residential centre for adults with multiple learning difficulties.

Celebrating 25 years of Lyco Group

Lyco 25 Logo

This year, we’re celebrating the 25th birthday of Lyco Group. What started out as just four enthusiastic employees, has grown over the past quarter of a century beyond our wildest imaginations. Many things have changed since then – new websites, offices, colleagues, and even new businesses have joined the Lyco Group since we first started out.

Today we thought we’d take a look back at Lyco Group’s transformation over the past 25 years, and remember some of the changes that have made us who we are today.

Welcomed new colleagues

Out of the four original members of staff, we’re so proud that one of them is still with us today – albeit with slightly less hair than when he first started.

25 years on, we’ve grown to become a team of over 50 wonderful lighting experts, buyers and customer service members – and some of our team now are even younger than Lyco Group itself!

We’ve welcomed new colleagues and said farewell to old ones, but one thing will never change. We are just as committed to providing our customers with the very best service today as we always have been, both online and offline.

Lyco Lighting Directories

Launched new businesses

Back in 2010, we acquired the Lighting Direct website, where we provide quality lighting directly to customers. Since we launched this part of our business, it has grown to become one of our biggest assets to our portfolio.

Recently in 2018, we purchased Online Lighting as well. The site already had a loyal customer base, but they were struggling to take the next step. We have brought it in-house and together, utilising the skills of our talented workforce, we’re growing this new side of the business into what we hope will become the UK’s leading lighting supplier for your home.

Lyco Group has grown considerably since we first started, and it continues to grow all the time. In fact, we already can’t wait to see how much further we can go over the next 25 years.

Lighting Direct and Online Lighting Logos

Moved home

There always comes a time in life when you outgrow your old digs. With two new businesses on board and a great deal more staff, we realised the time had come for us, so we packed up and moved out of our premises in Bletchley.

We found a fantastic new home for Lyco Group in Crownhill Milton Keynes. It has given us scope to continue growing and to increase the number of lights we can stock. This means we can now get products out to our customers the very next day.

Our new office space means we can keep growing over the next decade and continue to increase our range of products while offering the best service possible.

Lyco, Crownhill, MK8 0AB

Embraced the latest technology

Over the past 25 years we’ve seen a lighting revolution with the introduction of LED bulbs. Back when we first started, we were selling halogen bulbs that needed constantly replacing every 1,000 hours. The LED bulbs we stock now have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours – a dramatic step forward creating huge savings for our customers.

But it isn’t just lighting technology that’s changed over the past 25 years. When we first started we were a small mail order company with paper order forms. Now, you can simply place an order on our website in minutes.

As technology continues to progress, so will we. We have big plans for 2020, but we can’t let you in on those secrets just yet.

Smart Lighting

But some things never change…

Despite all the incredible, challenging and unexpected changes that have occurred over the years – there are some things that will never change.

We are still committed to our mission statement: to provide lighting products of supreme quality, from world-class suppliers, coupled with unbeatable customer service.

Despite the world moving online, we’ve maintained our fantastic in-house support team who are always available at the end of the phone to serve our customers and answer their questions. We also continue to offer an annual printed catalogue with our new and bestselling products. While many companies have forgotten the art of direct mail, we continue to hear powerful stories from our customers who treasure these printed publications. It is our hope that while we continue to improve our online offering, we also continue to offer the best-in-class service to our customers – whether that’s online, over the phone or face-to-face.

It’s certainly been a rollercoaster two and a half decades, and it doesn’t look like we’ll be slowing down any time soon.

Thank you

We’d like to thank you for all your custom and continued loyalty over the past 25 years. We hope we can continue to support your lighting requirements for the next 25 and beyond.

Please don’t hesitate to send us your feedback on our products or the service we provide. We’d love to hear from you – drop us an email at [email protected]

Very best wishes,

Charles Barnett, Managing Director.

Charles Barnett Managing Director

Charles started Lyco in 1995 with just 4 enthusiastic employees and has grown it considerably over the past 25 years. Charles is also the Managing Director of Lighting Direct and newly acquired Online Lighting. He now has a team of 50 lighting experts working on growing Lyco Group to be the UK leader in lighting for both businesses and homes. Away from the office he is a keen cyclist and is proud to have cycled 1017 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for a new residential centre for adults with multiple learning difficulties.

Buying Guides – Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor Battens

Outdoor lighting has become popular in recent years, partly because of the great potential of LED technology. Exterior spaces can now be lit cheaply and effectively using a variety of products. This buying guide looks at the aims of outdoor lighting and how they are met to give you an idea of what may be best for you. Alternatively, feel free to browse our extensive outdoor lighting selection.

Designing a Lighting Scheme

To create an effective outdoor lighting scheme, you need to consider ambient, accent and task lighting requirements.

Ambient or background lighting

This type of lighting is needed for practical purposes, providing enough light for everyday activities such as walking, eating, drinking and socialising. There are several options available:

    • Small walkover lights installed around the edge of a patio or decking area look good and allow safe footing.
    • Freestanding fittings such as post or pedestal lights are ideal for creating pools of light. Modern indoor-style floor lamps like the Konstsmide Lucca are a chic form of outdoor lighting.

Lyco - Outdoor Floor Lamp

    • Floodlights can provide full strength illumination for building exteriors and surrounding areas. They are good for work or security purposes and might suit bustling social settings, but are less useful where intimate mood is the aim.
    • Wall lights usually create a functional and mood-enhancing background light without being overbearing.

Accent lighting

This type of outdoor lighting highlights statues, plants, trees, water features and signs. Install these lights a short distance from the feature and angle the beam to shine directly on or through it. Suggestions include:

    • Walkover lights or floodlights used as uplights dramatically highlight features from below.
    • Wall-mounted spotlights create a pool of light around features.
    • Staked spotlights like the Robus Marlow are effective in highlighting plants, flowers and ornaments.

Lyco Stake Spotlight - Robus Marlow

    • Fairy lights are often draped around trellises, shrubs, or trees. Don’t forget festoons if you’re aiming for a party mood!
    • Business signage can be lit with specially designed sign lights, normally featuring long or curving arms and adjustable heads.

Task lights

Task lights are used to sufficiently light any area where demanding tasks or activities are performed. Usually, the light will be installed above head height in order to provide un-obscured coverage. Examples of task lighting might include:

    • A wall-mounted spotlight or floodlight is useful for potentially hazardous activities such as barbecue cooking.
    • Spotlights or floodlights can be positioned in trees for lighting garden amenities such as play areas, barbecues or car parks.
    • Floodlighting can be used to light outdoor sports areas. A tennis court would be a prime example, which might be well served by a 500W equivalent floodlight. Conversely, a swimming pool is usually lit from within to avoid glare, normally using a PAR lamp.

Lyco Amazing Value Floodlight

Dusk to dawn sensors

A “dusk to dawn” sensor is another term for a photocell. These are used in some outdoor fittings to automatically trigger overnight lighting, often for security purposes. The light switches off again at daybreak. Their sensitivity can sometimes be adjusted, allowing you to choose exactly how dark it needs to be before the light is activated. The sensor can be overridden in many cases for manual operation, though this should be checked prior to purchase.

Browse our Dusk to Dawn range

PIR sensors & security

The Nighthawk LED Security Floodlight is ideal for commercial premises

If security is a priority, floodlights with a PIR (Passive Infrared) sensor are a good option. The sensor triggers light when it detects movement within a preset range, deterring intruders without the need to keep lights permanently switched on.

PIR lights like the Nighthawk LED Security Floodlight can also be wired to trigger a chain of slave lights. This is useful for any large commercial premises. Advanced CCTV circuits can also be installed and monitored remotely through PCs, tablets, and smart phones.

PIR lights are also useful at residential entrances, as a practical measure to help locate keys and avoid stumbling on obstacles. The Lucide Claire Half Lantern serves as an example. Again, these avoid the need for a permanent light, so they’re an energy-saving product in many scenarios.

Browse our PIR lights range

IP Ratings – A brief guide to Waterproof Lighting

Outdoor light fittings always carry Ingress Protection ratings. This rating is marked by the letters “IP” followed by 2 digits. The first digit indicates the level of protection against ingress of solid objects and the second relates to waterproofing. This advice may help:

    • The minimum IP rating you should look for in a garden light is IPX3 (normally IP43), which protects against rain or spraying water at a 60° angle from vertical. Choose an IPX4 (normally IP44) rating for exposed areas.
    • Decking or patio lights are often jet-cleaned, which requires an IPX5 rating or above. IP65 is a good target, as it indicates a dust-tight housing as well as resistance to jets of water.
    • Lights to be installed in shallow water up to 1m deep require a rating of IPX7.
    • If installing lights at depths of over 1m in ponds or swimming pools, opt for a fitting with an IPX8 rating. (Always check manufacturer’s information before any underwater installation).

Light sources (Pros & Cons)

The light sources used in outdoor lighting each carry their own advantages and disadvantages. In recent years LED has become the main choice for lighting, both in commercial and residential buildings.

    • LED lighting is energy efficient and has an average lifespan of up to 50,000 hours. LED lamps produce a heatless beam of light, so they can be installed near plants without causing damage. They also emit little or no UV (ultraviolet) light, making them less attractive to insects. LED technology combines well with solar energy—many outdoor LED lights are free to run!
    • HID lamps are used to light large areas. They vary in type from a metal halide lamp for good colour recognition to a sodium lamp with poor colour rendering but incredible energy efficiency. These lights are mostly too powerful for homes or hospitality venues, but useful for applications such as car parks, access roads or sports areas.

Outdoor lighting styles

Lighting styles are diverse, but they can be boiled down to “traditional” and “contemporary” for outdoor purposes. Some designs are neutral enough to be used in any type of setting.

Traditional

Traditional outdoor lights often have a lantern design that dates back to 17th century England, though is most associated with Victorian times. Lanterns are still popular today and used in post lights, pedestal lights, wall lights and lamp posts. The Alex Post Lantern resembles a 19th century lamp post, for example.

Another form of traditional outdoor fitting is the nautically inspired “fisherman’s light”. This is used mostly in wall lights and porch pendants and involves a simple enclosed lamp design with a metal cover. The Nordlux Luxembourg Wall Light is an example. The austerity of this design makes it suitable for some modern settings, also.

Contemporary

There are many contemporary outdoor lighting products, with LED technology encouraging sleek designs. Often discreet, you can install modern products like the Searchlight Messina outside a traditional property without necessarily detracting from its character.

Bolder outdoor luminaires such as stainless steel post and pedestal lights suit only modern surroundings. The Edit Detroit, for instance, is distinctly up-to-date and capitalises on LED technology for long life and minimal maintenance.

Edit Detroit Stainless Steel Post Light

Extend those evenings

If you’re lucky enough to own a garden, enjoy what is already yours and let the forbidding night be a thing of the past! Installing outdoor lights needn’t be complicated, especially with a plug and play lighting system. If you’re a pub landlord, restaurateur, hotelier or other business owner, it’s never been easier than now to light up your outdoor space.

Feel free to browse our full range of outdoor lights for a clearer idea of what’s available.

For more advice and guidance take a look at our Lighting Advice section.

Garage and Workshop Lighting Tips

Workshop Lighting

There are many different reasons for installing lighting in and around a garage or workshop. Whether it’s to improve security, help light up entrances, or allow the garage itself to be used regularly as a workshop or hobby space, there’s a solution for any lighting challenge.

Exterior lighting & security

Ensuring that you have appropriate lighting around the exterior of your garage is extremely important to help secure what is stored inside, as well as deter potential intruders from exploring other parts of your property. If you require a high level of security, for example to keep a car or expensive equipment safe, then high powered floodlights with integrated PIR motion sensors offer discouragement to would-be thieves. Additionally, if you are looking for an extra level of protection, floodlights with a built-in cameras are at the cutting edge of security; the Lutec Draco floodlight acts as both deterrent and detective, as it not includes a PIR motion sensor and a security camera, but also a speaker and microphone, allowing communication with whoever’s in shot via an app on your smartphone or tablet.

Dusk to dawn lights are another good option for improving security around a garage, and they look great too. These lights have built-in photocell sensors that will turn the lights on when darkness is detected, and off again at sunrise. As well as the added security benefits, dusk to dawn lights are very energy efficient, as the lights remain off during daylight hours ensuring that no energy is wasted unnecessarily.

Lighting the inside of a garage or workshop

Due to the fact that garages typically receive very little natural light, it is important to utilise bright downlighting throughout the space. LED battens are a great option here, as unlike traditional fluorescent tubes, they require no warm-up time, produce less heat (a welcome benefit when ventilation is limited), and can withstand more extreme conditions and temperatures.

Garages and workshops can often be exposed to high levels of moisture and dust, so when choosing lights it is important to take note of the IP rating. The Eterna Eco 45w LED Weatherproof Batten is a great choice. It has a high IP rating, whilst providing a bright, even spread of light. This fitting is also available in a wide range of sizes, making it suitable for most garages or workshops.

For anyone who spends a lot of time in their garage or workshop, having the right lighting for the task(s) at hand is critical – not just for being able to see properly, but also safely – particularly when power tools are involved. For carrying out detailed tasks, consider using desk lamps and spotlights to further illuminate specific work areas.

The way in which you use your garage will clearly affect the type of lighting you require – if you are using it simply for storage, then some simple battens should be fine. However, if it is somewhere you work and where you spend a lot of time, it is vital you take the time to perfectly plan your lighting layout.

If you’re still unsure on the best lighting solutions for your garage or workshop then please feel free to contact us today.

The 24V plug and play range from Markslojd makes garden lighting easy

Garden Spotlight

Now the warmer weather has arrived, gardens and outdoor spaces are really starting to come into their own. Plants are flourishing, flowers are blooming, and attentions are turning to al fresco living. Therefore, now is the perfect time to install or upgrade your garden lighting.

The Markslojd Garden 24V complete lighting system makes outdoor lighting easy. The ultimate in ‘plug and play’ outdoor lighting kits, the Garden 24V range offers a wide selection of products that are both practical, aesthetically pleasing, and simple for anyone to install.

The Markslojd Garden 24V products do not require any hard wiring, making for an easy and economical lighting solution for any home or business. As well as being simple to set up, the lights are dimmable and can be used alongside timers or sensors, delivering a truly bespoke lighting system to suit the layout and style of any property.

All components in the Markslojd Garden24 range have been designed to work in sync with one another so they can be purchased and installed with confidence, offering fantastic versatility for a number of different uses including:

  • Illuminating paths and walkways
  • Adding ambience to decking and seating areas
  • Improving sense of security in outdoor areas
  • Highlighting landscaped areas, architecture, and exterior decor

Spotlights

https://uat.lyco.co.uk/garden-24v-6w-led-spotlight-black.html

The Markslojd Garden 24V lighting collection at Lyco features three versatile spotlights in either 3, 6, or 9 watts, with a stylish black finish. These lights can easily be fitted into the ground or attached to guttering without any hard wiring to deliver ambient illumination, perfectly suited to outdoor seating areas in bars, hotels, and restaurants.

Decking lights

https://uat.lyco.co.uk/garden-24v-small-led-deck-light.html

Add a stunning ambient glow to outdoor decking and seating areas with Markslojd’s recessed deck lights. Simplistically styled in black with a frosted diffuser, these fixtures are prewired, removing the need for any complex wiring. Each 3W LED offers 65 lumens of warm white light which won’t just improve visibility outdoors but also help create an inviting atmosphere.

Bollard lights

https://uat.lyco.co.uk/garden-24v-led-outdoor-bollard-light-black.html

These easy-to-install LED outdoor bollard lights make for a practical and stylish lighting solution, and work particularly well along pathways, walkways, and in car parks. As well as being a high performing light in this practical sense, the fixture will look stunning in the grounds of any venue too – cased in aluminium and finished in an attractive matte black finish.

The Garden 24 plug and play lighting collection from Markslojd is designed to be extremely straightforward to install; requiring very little in the way of tools and and deeply buried cables, meaning there is no need to call upon an electrician for help. Many of the fixtures depend on a transformer or driver (sold separately) in order to work and additional cables may also be necessary, depending on the set up.

Click here to discover the full Markslojd Garden24 collection at Lyco or to find out more by watching this short video.

Full spectrum bulbs and daylight bulbs – what’s the difference?

Light Bulbs

When choosing between full spectrum and daylight bulbs, it’s important to understand the two key metrics used to measure light. The first is colour temperature, a method of describing the colour characteristics of light, and is measured in Kelvins (K). The yellow-orange glow of a traditional tungsten bulb measures around 2700K (a warm, soft white), and the light becomes colder and whiter the higher the Kelvin score, with 6500K being a cool, blue light.

The second important measurement of which to be aware is the Colour Rendering Index (CRI). A light source’s CRI measures its ability to produce colours and is expressed as a percentage: the higher the percentage, the better the colour rendering, with the best possible CRI reading being around 96%.

Daylight Bulbs

Just as their name implies, daylight bulbs provide a similar level of light to that of natural daylight. From a technical point of view, daylight bulbs generally provide between 6000-6500K and a CRI of about 80%. It has been proven by various studies that daylight helps to improve the morale and productivity of a workforce, so daylight bulbs can be used to create a healthy lighting solution that is also very cost effective.

Full Spectrum Bulbs

Full spectrum bulbs have the ability to produce the full range of the colour spectrum, carrying both visible and invisible colour wavelengths of light. Because of this, full spectrum bulbs offer the closest alternative to natural daylight, resulting in similar health and wellbeing benefits to those gained through exposure to natural light. For example, full spectrum bulbs are great if you’re seeking a lighting solution specifically to combat illnesses such as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or if you need perfect colour rendition because you are a designer or architect. Full spectrum lights offer a colour temperature of 6500K and a CRI of 96%, and so, in comparison to daylight bulbs, full spectrum bulbs can provide a brighter, whiter light with better colour rendering.

Differences between full spectrum bulbs and daylight bulbs

When selecting the type of lighting that is the most appropriate for your needs, it is vital to be aware of the differences between full spectrum and daylight bulbs. If you are looking to give the appearance of daylight, for example by brightening a reception area or creating an airy-feeling office, then standard daylight bulbs are ideal, particularly if your budget is tight. Daylight bulbs offer a colour temperature of 6000-6500K, and a CRI of about 80%, and are available in a wide range of styles, from energy efficient LED tubes and panels, through to low energy spiral daylight bulbs and classic incandescent GLS daylight bulbs.

However, if you need to get either the perfect colour rendition for visual tasks such as designing, or light a windowless room – or if SAD is an issue – then full spectrum bulbs are your best option. Although daylight bulbs provide similar lighting levels to natural daylight, full spectrum bulbs bring further health and wellbeing benefits.

We supply a full range of both daylight bulbs and full spectrum bulbs to cover all of you lighting needs. Drop us a line today if you require any further advice.

Switch to LED Downlights and Save

LED Downlights

When comparing LED to traditional halogen downlights it is common to look at the energy saving as a percentage, but what does this mean to your actual energy bills and how much money can you save by switching to LED today?

We have used our exclusive cost savings calculator to calculate the total savings of installing new LED Downlights against replacing halogen bulbs in your existing fitting.

 

The table above compares the cost of replacing a halogen bulb in an existing downlight fitting, against replacing the whole fitting with a new integrated LED downlight.

We have calculated the equivalent cost savings across our downlights range, details of which can be viewed on each individual product page using the link below.

 

 

If you’re interested in our full energy cost saving calculation we have shown this in detail below. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask our technical team on 0843 317 7820.

 

*Bulb replacement for existing downlight. Integrated LED downlight replaces any existing downlight

**Based on:
Cost per unit (Kw/H) – £0.163
Usage per day – 8 hours