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 4 foot fluorescent battens are a real eye saw but now with LED battens they can manipulate the fittings to give a much cleaner and less commercial look. The best thing about battens is they are super practical with a real bright light and wide beam angles. When buying your LED battens there are a few considerations to make so in this blog I will run through what questions to ask before buying and our favourite best selling LED battens.
IP Rating - The IP rated refers to the light being suitable for indoor or outdoor. If your application is outdoors then go with IP65, this is a high rating which will protect from water and dust. If you are buying for indoor you can still go with a IP65 as it will still protect from dust and physical impacts, otherwise an IP20 is fine as well with most batten still sealed.
LED - There are still loads of fluorescent batten and tubes out there with people still replacing the tubes and ballasts, this is a bad idea as you can now buy for T8 LED direct replacement tubes. LED tubes use 50% less power and last 5 times longer than fluorescent tubes, LED tubes also now perform better in brightness and imitate a fluorescent tube without you knowing the difference. So always go with LED for all these reasons. LED tubes are also much safer and better for the environment with fluorescent tubes containing mercury.
Integrated LED or LED Tubes - Most LED battens sold today are integrated which means once the light batten dies basically throw it out which isn't ideal as you will need to replace and get an electrician to come back and replace, this can cost around $200 with the call out fee. When a manufacturer makes something integrated they can make it better with heat sinks and pushing up the performance as there is only so much technology you can fit into a tube. So if you are buying a LED integrated batten, only buy from quality brands, these brands include Trend Lighting, Domus Lighting, Atom Lighting, Sunny Lighting or CLA Lighting, buying from these brands means you are buying from a manufacturer with strict quality control. Avoid cheap brands as you will only get headaches and they maybe not even comply. When buying anything, i think practical and purchasing a batten with LED T8 tubes means you can always replace the tubes yourself so literally can't go wrong, however with T8 battens they look much more bulky and commercial, with LED integrated battens they much more slimlined.
Size - Battens come in many sizes such as 1 foot, 2 foot, 3 foot , 4 foot and 5 foot, always try and go with a 4 foot as this is the most common batten sold so it will be much easier and cheaper to replace as they are mass produced. If you need a smaller batten then look for 2 foot. 1, 3 and 5 foot can be tricky to find and replace.
Colour Temperature - This is crucial to get right if you are installing LED battens in work environments such as garages, car parks, warehouses, workshops, kitchens etc, you should always look to use a temperature of a minimum 5000k as this colour spectrum reacts with the brain most in keeping alert and active. If your application needs to suit a heritage or traditional set up then you could look to use a 3000k or 4000k per perfuably and this will soften the light to create more ambience and warmth.
Ok so now you have all the information to use and buy your next LED batten online today, now I will run through my best selling batten lines.
This LED batten has been a trusted seller now for around 3 years, our customers love this product because it's DIY with a plug but can be taken off and hardwired. We have sold 1000's of these LED battens in all kinds of applications and have never had one returned, they are heavy duty and so practical with the bright 18w tubes, putting out 2000 lumens per tube. You really can't go wrong with this great batten by Pure LED.
LED Batten Weatherproof 56W Twin Atom Lighting
This LED batten is our favourite integrated model, this batten is extremely high quality but still at a good price of around the $66 mark. It is fully sealed up with a IP65 and puts out an impressive 48w which is 4800 lumens. This light suits every application whether it be a commercial fit out or residential, this batten light will do the job. This batten ticks all the boxes and is from one of Australia's best lighting wholesalers Atom Lighting.
LED Batten 21/42W BOLT-120 Domus Lighting
This LED batten by Domus is our customers favourite in store on our batten display this is the one they first lean towards, this is down to it's high quality finish and how it's nicely diffused to not look obtrusive. This is an IP44 so can be installed outdoors, the bolt LED batten also has the option to use 21w or 42w by flicking the switch inside the fitting. Domus have been around for over 40 years and everything they put out is quality.
The Neo batten has been a trusted seller now for around 3 years, this light is priced very well for the performance it puts out whilst having the minimalist slimline look. The Neo LED batten is 40w and puts out 4000 lumens with an easy installation, it has a great cable entry and mounting clips are included. This is the most common batten sold by all the major wholesalers but Mercator's price is best value for money as the quality is still maintained.