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  • Driveway Lighting Ideas: Creative Ideas to Illuminate Your Driveway

    Is your driveway a bit bland and boring? Are you worried about both safety and security? Your home is your biggest asset, and you want to invest your money wisely when it comes to prioritizing home projects. Design pros agree that lighting is a good investment when it comes to your indoor and outdoor spaces. There are so many great...

  • How to Maintain 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel From Corroding and Rusting

    Corrosion and rusting can happen to any material. Including 316 stainless steel. But, even though it can corrode and rust, that doesn't mean stainless steel is a poor option. It just needs proper maintenance. Fortunately for you, that's exactly what we're going to discuss in this article.

  • LED vs. Fluorescent Tube Lights - Should You Make The Switch?

    Do the words fluorescent tube lights make you think of dingy offices or daggy kitchen designs? Tube lights may have had a bap rap but have their place in modern interior design. They've moved on from the ones that used to flicker before they died. LED technology promises to bring them firmly into the modern age.

  • Lux vs Lumens: Everything You Need to Know

    While the science behind lux vs lumens is complex, the concept is much easier to comprehend. Lux focuses on the receiver, or input, of light, whilst lumens focuses on the producer, or output, from the light source itself.

  • Light Up Your Life: 10 Ways to Use LED Strip Lighting in Your Home

    Want to decorate your home with LED strip lights? LED strip light technology has been around for decades now. What used to be for holiday decoration has found its place in our personal spaces at home. Not only does it come in different varieties, but it also has some unique uses. From your outdoor spaces to anywhere in your home,...

  • Do LED Lights Attract Bugs?

    Do LED lights attract bugs? Are LED lights worse for bugs than incandescent bulbs? How can I keep these bugs away from my house and still have lights outside?  The answers to these questions can be found below!

  • How Many Lumens Do You Need to Properly Light Your Space?

    Today, you need to know how many lumens will give you the amount of light you need because watts are no longer a consistent measure. A 12-watt LED bulb can give you 1,200 lumens, while you might need 18 watts to get the same light from a CFL.

  • Best Outdoor Heaters Australia 2021

    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...

  • Retail Lighting Design Guide — Everything You Need to Know

    Proper lighting draws customers into your shop and guides them through the store once they're inside. If you find that customers routinely pass over merchandise and neglect certain corners of the store, it might be time to revamp your lighting situation. 

  • Light Bulb Recycling

    Did you know that we've been using light bulbs for more than 150 years? Those first light bulbs could only last for about 15 hours. Today, advances in technology mean that your light bulbs can last for decades.  Eventually, though, every light bulb will come to the end of its useful life. What's the best way to dispose of unwanted...

  • Breaking Down the Most Popular Lighting Trends

    Lighting trends have greatly evolved in the 21st Century. To help you decide upon the lighting scheme of your dreams, we've put together a thorough guide for the latest lighting trends. First, we'll show you some of the most popular styles.

  • What Does CRI Mean in Lighting?

    When it comes to indoor lighting, there are 4 main types you can have: ambient, task, accent, and mood. No matter which ones you choose, you'll notice that the bulbs usually say CRI, followed by a number. You might have an inkling that this is some sort of rating for the light bulbs. But what does it mean, and what...

  • Best Ceiling Fans Australia - 2020/2021 Summer Review

    This ceiling fan reviews blog has been updated for the 2020/2021 summer and beyond. We've updated our article with some of the best ceiling fans Australia has seen (and yet to see) this summer season.

  • Our Best Garden Lights to Spice Up Your Garden This Summer

    The first type of lighting to consider falls into the category of spike lights. These are LED lamps that have a garden spike on the end of them so that they can securely settle into your garden's soil. 

  • The Ultimate Ceiling Fan Buying Guide

    Find a ceiling fan that perfectly fits your room size and airflow needs with this ceiling fan buying guide featuring all the considerations you need to know.

  • DC vs AC Ceiling Fans: Which One Is Best?

    You wake up drenched on a hot summer's night. Your old ceiling fan has gone kaput, and now, you feel like you're living through a midsummer night's nightmare........

  • 10 Reasons Why Your LED Lights Keep Flickering

    As impressive as LED lights are, however, they aren't impervious to issues. Many folks report that their LED lights keep flickering, including newly-installed bulbs.

  • Shopping for an Exhaust Fan? Here's How to Choose the Right One

    Exhaust Fan Size Calculator Step 1: Select Installation Location Bathroom (toilet only) Bathroom with a shower Bedroom Cafe Computer Room Factory/Workshop Garage Commercial Kitchen Domestic Kitchen Laundry(No Dryer) Laundry(With Dryer) Commercial Laundry Office Roofspace Sub Floor Spa Bathroom Step 2: Enter your room size Enter your room width (m) Enter your room length (m) Enter your room height (m) Your...

  • Light Bulbs, Explained!

    The Different Types of Light Bulbs, Explained Ever since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879, the entire world underwent a massive transformation. The invention of the light bulb enabled countries to move from using street lanterns and candles to light their streets and homes, to using electricity. Since then, light bulbs have come a long way. There are...

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

    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...

  • Warm White Vs Cool White Lighting

    So, what's the difference? As you can see in the photo below, the 3000k (often called warm white) has a yellow tinge, the 6000k (often called day light) has almost a blue colour to it and the cool white 4000k is a mix of the both with a neutral tone to it.

  • Floor Lamp Ideas (A Room by Room Guide)

    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...

  • 9 Reasons You Need to Invest in Solar Lights

    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...

  • What is IP Rating?

    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...

  • Tips For Kitchen Pendant Lighting

    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...

  • 3 in 1 Bathroom Heater Review - Our Best 3 in 1 Bathroom Heaters 2021

    Everything you need to know before purchasing a 3 in 1 bathroom heater. We even list some of favourite models for 2019.

  • How To Choose The Right LED Downlight

    For wattage, you want your downlights to be energy saving yet still produce a high beam. For this reason, we encourage you to use LED downlights. The average 10W LED downlight can produce a beam twice as bright as halogen that use up to 55W. The best option in terms of energy saving can range from as low as 4.5 watts to 14 watts in LED.

  • The Lighting Outlets Top 10 Downlights 2021

    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...

  • LED Flood Lights - Everything You Need To Know

    Flood lights have come a long way in the past couple of years with LED technology. When LED's were first introduced they were very useful and good for lower brightness, products like globes or LED strip lights achieved this. This was because they were not as efficient as they are now. If the manufacturer turned the brightness up on the...

  • The Complete Expert Buyers Guide to LED Strip Lights

    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...

  • LED Battens - Everything You Need To Know

    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...

  • The Expert Guide To Festoon Lighting

    Festoon lights are a big hit at the moment as they create unbelievable ambience for a very cheap price. All of The Lighting Outlets festoons are also DIY plug and play, so no electrician required. Whenever I see festoon lighting I Instantly feel the warm ambience it gives. Festoon lighting can suit almost any application, and the effect it can do to...

  • Everything You Need To Know Before Buying Step Lights

    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 About LED Panel Lights

    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...

  • Why to buy 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel Lighting

    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...

  • The Best LED Dimmers To Buy

    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 buy...

  • Brand Spotlight: Havit Lighting

    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...

  • How Do You Choose The Right Light Globe?

    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?...

  • An Interview with Greg Harburg of Lighting Inspirations & D'Epoca

    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...

  • Why To Buy Brilliant Lighting Products

    The Lighting Outlet is excited to feature one 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 is...

  • How To Choose The Right Oyster Light

    The best thing about oyster lighting is that you generally save a lot on electricity because you’re running less light. When buying oyster lighting look to buy high-quality brands only and order a spare because it just may become discontinued in a few years and you will want to match the existing fittings. Tips for Selecting The Right Oyster Light...

  • How to Choose the Right Spike Light

    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 Position Pendants Perfectly

    How to position pendants perfectly - A user friendly guide on pendant positioning for all you renovators out there!

  • DIY Outdoor Lights for Summer

    When you think of summer, you think of backyard barbeques and get-togethers under the twinkling lights of your garden. However, sometimes achieving atmospheric ambient lighting in the great outdoors is easier said than done! You can get your lighting professionally fitted, but an easier and less expensive option is to DIY 12-volt lighting systems to your house. Safer to use...

  • 7 Tips for Styling Your Bedside Table

    Discover how to style your bedside table space to perfection with mood lighting and delicately placed objets.

  • Get Glowing! How to Decorate With Festoon Lighting

    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...

  • How to Use Track Lighting for Commercial or Residential Spaces

    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...

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