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Your Lighting Guide: LED vs. Fluorescent Tube Lights

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
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. Join us as we...
Your Lighting Guide: LED vs. Fluorescent Tube Lights

Lux vs Lumens: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Tim Dennis on
Ever bought a light bulb, and wondered about lux and lumens? The chances are that your light bulb moment never came, and you're still thinking about it now. More and more advanced technology is causing a rise in the popularity of smart light bulbs. Also, projector screens now dominate our own home cinema entertainment spaces. Yet few are aware of...
Lux vs Lumens: Everything You Need to Know
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,...
Light Up Your Life: 10 Ways to Use LED Strip Lighting in Your Home

Do LED Lights Attract Bugs?

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
There are over 200,000 species of insects in Australia alone. Some of these have never even been named because so many new types are found every year!  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...
Do LED Lights Attract Bugs?

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

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
We’ve all struggled at one time or another in a room that was just too dim to see what we were doing properly. Whether reading in the living room or chopping veg in the kitchen, the right amount of light is critical to the task. It used to be you would just up the wattage of the bulb to get...
How Many Lumens Do You Need to Properly Light Your Space?

Best Outdoor Heaters Australia 2021

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
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...
Best Outdoor Heaters Australia 2021

Retail Lighting Design Guide — Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
Thoughtful lighting design is crucial to the success of any brick-and-mortar retail business.  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.  To find out how retail lighting design can...
Retail Lighting Design Guide — Everything You Need to Know

Light Bulb Recycling

Posted by Tim Dennis on
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...
Light Bulb Recycling

Breaking Down the Most Popular Lighting Trends

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
  Many of us have been stuck at home for at least a year at this point. It's looking like this may become a permanent trend, as well. 75% of employees think that employers will support working from home after COVID-19. This makes it an optimal time to consider some of the latest lighting trends. If you're spending so much...
Breaking Down the Most Popular Lighting Trends

What Does CRI Mean in Lighting?

Posted by Mitch Murray on
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...
What Does CRI Mean in Lighting?

Best Ceiling Fans Australia - 2020/2021 Summer Review

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
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. Not only will you find some of our top 5 ceiling fans but we also go into detail about some of our quietest ceiling fans, best outdoor...
Best Ceiling Fans Australia - 2020/2021 Summer Review

Our Best Garden Lights to Spice Up Your Garden This Summer

Posted by Patrick MA on
Australian homeowners are known for their love of the outdoors. However, the average Australian backyard is drastically  shrinking in size, which many people say that this is the death of a homeowner's greatest dream. However, we're here to tell you that it's not! All that this change means is that we need to adapt and overcome simple challenges to make...
Our Best Garden Lights to Spice Up Your Garden This Summer

The Ultimate Ceiling Fan Buying Guide

Posted by Jay-Ashley Fieldmartin on
The first fans kept the sultans of 17th century India cool. These hand operated fans were made of palm fronds or cloth and operated by servants. It wasn’t until 1886 when the first motor operated fans were invented. These days, homeowners have countless options from the size to the build material to the features included. It’s almost overwhelming if you...
The Ultimate Ceiling Fan Buying Guide

DC vs AC Ceiling Fans: Which One Is Best?

Posted by Patrick MA on
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. The good news? A brand-new ceiling fan can bring back the breeze so that you can get those quality Zzzz's once again. The question is, what type of ceiling fan should you choose: a DC...
DC vs AC Ceiling Fans: Which One Is Best?

10 Reasons Why Your LED Lights Keep Flickering

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
Flickering lights can be caused by many different factors, whether your led downlights are flickering, halogen lights are flickering or maybe your bulbs only flicker when they are dimmed. We touch on the top 10 reasons why your lights could be flickering and give you some things to try to hopefully get them back to normal.  As impressive as LED...
10 Reasons Why Your LED Lights Keep Flickering

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

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
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...
Shopping for an Exhaust Fan? Here's How to Choose the Right One

Light Bulbs, Explained!

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
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...
Light Bulbs, Explained!

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

Posted by MItchell Elworthy on
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...
COB LED vs. SMD LED: Which One Shines Brighter?

Warm White Vs Cool White Lighting

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
Choosing the most suitable colour temperature for lighting is crucial. The colour temperature of your lights can help create the perfect atmosphere or mood for your desired area, whether it’s your home, office, or store. This blog will explore the differences between the colour temperatures, the impact they can have on a room or area, as well as suggested applications...
Warm White Vs Cool White Lighting

Floor Lamp Ideas (A Room by Room Guide)

Posted by MItchell Elworthy on
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...
Floor Lamp Ideas (A Room by Room Guide)

9 Reasons You Need to Invest in Solar Lights

Posted by MItchell Elworthy on
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...
9 Reasons You Need to Invest in Solar Lights

What is IP Rating?

Posted by MItchell Elworthy on
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...
What is IP Rating?

Tips For Kitchen Pendant Lighting

Posted by Amy C on
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...
Tips For Kitchen Pendant Lighting
What is a 3 in 1 bathroom heater? 3 in 1 bathroom heaters are a compact all in 1 unit, they will consist of a light, an extraction fan and heat unit.  What are the benefits of 3 in 1 bathroom heater? Having a 3 in 1 bathroom heaters are crucial for ventilation. Having adequate ventilation is paramount for removing stale air...
3 in 1 Bathroom Heater Review - Our Best 3 in 1 Bathroom Heaters 2021

How To Choose The Right LED Downlight

Posted by MItchell Elworthy on
What are Downlights? Downlights are one of the most common lighting fixtures you will see in any modern home. They're extremely popular because they provide warm general lighting that's unobtrusive compared to a traditional light fixture. However, there are lots of considerations when shopping for the perfect one. Should you choose LED or halogen bulbs? What's the ideal wattage and spacing?...
How To Choose The Right LED Downlight

The Lighting Outlets Top 10 Downlights 2021

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
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...
The Lighting Outlets Top 10 Downlights 2021

LED Flood Lights - Everything You Need To Know

Posted by Amy C on
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...
LED Flood Lights - Everything You Need To Know
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...
The Complete Expert Buyers Guide to LED Strip Lights

LED Battens - Everything You Need To Know

Posted by Abbie Walsh on
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...
LED Battens - Everything You Need To Know

The Expert Guide To Festoon Lighting

Posted by MItchell Elworthy on
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...
The Expert Guide To Festoon Lighting

Everything You Need To Know Before Buying Step Lights

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
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 Before Buying Step Lights

Everything You Need To Know About LED Panel Lights

Posted by Abbie Walsh on
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...
Everything You Need To Know About LED Panel Lights

Why to buy 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel Lighting

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
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...
Why to buy 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel Lighting

The Best LED Dimmers To Buy

Posted by Abbie Walsh on
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...
The Best LED Dimmers To Buy

Brand Spotlight: Havit Lighting

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
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...
Brand Spotlight: Havit Lighting

How Do You Choose The Right Light Globe?

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
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?...
How Do You Choose The Right Light Globe?
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...
An Interview with Greg Harburg of Lighting Inspirations & D'Epoca

Why To Buy Brilliant Lighting Products

Posted by MItchell Elworthy on
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...
Why To Buy Brilliant Lighting Products

How To Choose The Right Oyster Light

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
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 Oyster Light

How to Choose the Right Spike Light

Posted by Mitchell Elworthy on
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 Choose the Right Spike Light

How to Position Pendants Perfectly

Posted by Abbie Walsh on
Pendant Positioning 101 With the application of lighting playing such an important role in modern interior design it is no surprise that pendant lights have become a prominent and essential component when creating a harmonious atmosphere.  But how do we achieve this? Of course, style matching is fundamental when choosing your pendant. However, when positioning a pendant there are a...
How to Position Pendants Perfectly

DIY Outdoor Lights for Summer

Posted by Amy C on
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...
DIY Outdoor Lights for Summer

7 Tips for Styling Your Bedside Table

Posted by Amy C on
We’ve seen them on Instagram and Pinterest, beautiful bedside tables styled to perfection. Warmly lit lamps adding to the glow of the room’s corner, magazines flawlessly spread, and a beautiful bedside lamp that matches the bed's frame and quilt cover easily. We’ve seen it, perfection is possible, but in reality, it’s hard to achieve. How can you style one of the...
7 Tips for Styling Your Bedside Table

Get Glowing! How to Decorate With Festoon Lighting

Posted by Abbie Walsh on
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...
Get Glowing! How to Decorate With Festoon Lighting
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...
How to Use Track Lighting for Commercial or Residential Spaces
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