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The Best LED Dimmers for the Dimmable LED Lights – We’re Almost There!

More and more of our customers are preferring the LED lights to the halogen or fluorescent lights, and most of those looking for LED lights want to dim them. Using an LED light bulb is energy saving enough, and dimming it will make it even more energy saving.

The LED lights and LED light bulbs are being constantly developed and improved, with more and more “dimmable LED lights” available on the market from reputable manufacturers.

However, there seems to be a problem when it comes to dimming the LED lights: who does LED dimmers that would work across the different existing LED lights that can be dimmed?

Some of the Best Manufacturers of LED Dimmers are…

There are at least three main manufacturers we distribute that can offer effective LED light dimmers:

Varilight came out with their V-Pro Eclique range of LED dimmers, offering one or more touch LED dimmers on a flat plate for remote dimming the LED lightsVarilight came out with their V-Pro Eclique range of LED dimmers, offering one or more touch LED dimmers on a flat plate for remote dimming the LED lights. They come with a tactile touch button with a blue LED glow surrounding it, and they pride of dimming mains voltage, ESL’s, GU10, and almost all low voltage applications, as well as most good quality dimmable LEDs.

The V-Pro Eclique 1G – 4G (both the master and the slave units) are flying off the shelf, since many people prefer to have a high quality LED dimmer that allows you to dim the lights both from one location or from multiple locations. The question is: will this work with ALL the dimmable LED ights out there?

MK Electric also has a wide range of new LED dimmers for a wide variety of LED lampsMK Electric also has a wide range of new LED dimmers for a wide variety of LED lamps, assuring us they offer a reliable dimming solution and allowing us to create an ambiance for comfortable surroundings. You can have either a standalone regular 1 Gang or 2 Gang rotary dimmers or as a MK grid dimmer, both compatible with tungsten filament lamps, low voltage halogen lamps, and dimmable LED lamps.

With a load of 4W – 70W (300W/240VA), these MK LED dimmers can take maximum 10 lamps per circuit and have an intelligent load protection that will prevent lamp wattage exceeding the rating of the dimmer.

Danlers offers a few LED dimmers and LED dimmer units such as DPDLEDDanlers offers a few LED dimmers and LED dimmer units such as DPDLED. They are compatible with many dimmable LED lamps and LED light fittings and are ideal to retrofit onto many existing wall plates (or they can be fitted onto original equipment manufacturers own plates).

Taking a load of max. 250W, the LED dimmer with rotary dimming control and push ON/OFF switching can be used in both 1-way and 2-way switching circuits, and the adjustable spindle on the back of the product allows you to specify the minimum dim level (to help eliminate lamp instability).

LED Dimmers – We’re Almost There!

Looking at the technical specifications of all these LED dimmers we can all agree that we are almost there when it comes to LED dimming. There are many dimmable LED light and LED light bulbs, and there are quite a few LED dimmers made by reputable manufacturers.

However, when someone asks us, What LED dimmer should I buy? – we don’t have an exact answer YET. The most recommended thing to do at the moment is to check with the LED lights manufacturer’s specifications and see which LED dimmers and brands they recommend.

Some LED lights don’t work with some LED dimmers, while some LED dimmers work only with some LED lights. Always read the specifications. Always check with the LED lighting manufacturer.

We are almost there. We’re almost at the point of no return, where ALL the dimmable LED lights will work with ALL the LED dimmers. Until then….read the specifications!

Question: what do you guys think? Which work with what? What’s the situation with the LED dimmers and the dimmable LED Lights? What is your experience? Leave us a comment below.

It’s Time to Change that Light Bulb with an LED Lamp – More Energy Efficient!

As the LED lights the LED lighting is being developed and is advancing, there’s the same question that our customers ask us,

Does this light fitting take LED lamps?

And you know what, if we check the manufacturer’s updated specs, many of the light fittings we sell on our website can safely take LED lamps (subject to the lamp cap and dimensions).

It is safe to say again and again that it is time to change that light fitting you have with an LED one – save the energy, save money, and invest in the future! As we all know, investing in a relatively more expensive LED lamp will both help us reduce our electrical bill and will pay for itself in not such a long time.

In this blog post we thought we should make a list of what kind of lights now take LED lamps and / or are completely LED lamps.

Watch and be amazed – even the energy saving classical fluorescent fittings and the modular panels (so popular in the office or commercial environment) now can be found in an LED alternative! Here are some of the most recently popular LED alternative.

LED Corrosion Proof Fitting Replacing the Fluorescent Luminaire

LED Corrosion Proof Fitting - replaces the Fluorescent LuminaireThe fluorescent fittings are quite energy saving, long lasting, and with a low maintenance cost; changing the tube will keep the light going on for a long time in the office, on the corridor, etc. They are not that expensive and, honestly, they are everywhere.

But now it is time to make space for the new LED luminaires, the ultimate in energy saving, which replace them with a higher energy efficiency, lower carbon footprint, lower energy consumption, and better quality of light.

With an IP65 rating and with an efficacy of almost 100lm per Watt, these are supplied with the LED driver (plug and play mains connection system) and can be surface or chain mounted. Great for both industrial and commercial lighting. See the Vulcan LED range here.

LED light bulbs – LED lamps replacing the Halogen or Incandescent lamps

LED light bulbs - LED lamps replacing the Halogen and Incandescent lampsDo you want to save energy at home or at the office, even though you have to turn the light ON most of the time? It’s time to change your light bulbs with their LED alternative. You can now use an LED light bulb with a GLS E27 lamp cap, with a GU10 lamp cap, and even with an MR16 lamp cap (low voltage LEDs).

And they come in all shapes and sizes, offering either warm white or cool white light, and being dimmable or non-dimmable. Your choice.

We advise, we present, we give you the best prices, and now it’s your turn to consider and purchase. And we made this list of the LED light bulbs we have in stock constantly.

Ceiling Lights, Wall Lights, Indoor and Outdoor Lights, etc – Most can take LED lamps

We all need all kinds of light for wall lighting, ceiling lighting, downlighting, exterior lighting, garden lighting, etc. Check with the specifications of these fittings, most of them can now take LED lamps.

One of the reason we haven’t been too active on the blog is because we realized: our manufacturer updated most of their products to specify which take LED lamps, and guess what: most of them do!

So we got the ball rolling, and now you can purchase not only the light fitting with the energy saving light bulb but also with the LED lamp alternative!

To the “wow, that’s good news” we will add another “wow”, a “word of warning”: please check with the manufacturer specifications and / or with a registered electrician before you change the light bulbs / light fittings. As with every new technology and modern alternative, always check before going for it. Local councils, HMO’s, and electricians alike would recommend and switch to LED lights in most applications, and we think it’s time for YOU also to do this!

Sparks is Honoured with the Highly Commended “Best Electrical Wholesaler Website” Award

Sparks is Honoured with the Highly Commended "Best Electrical Wholesaler Website"

Last week the spotlight was on the electrical wholesaling industry at the first Electrical Wholesaler Awards, held at the Tower Hotel, London. 180 industry professionals gathered together on the evening of Tuesday, May 20th 2014, to celebrate some of the best suppliers and wholesalers in the electrical industry.

It was the first of the “Electrical Wholesaler Awards“, and we were honored to get a seat in the audience – especially since we were nominated for the “Best Electrical Wholesaler Website” (as previously announced here).

An awesome setting for the 2014 Electrical Wholesaler Awards, where Sparks was honored with, Highly Commended Electrical Wholesaler Website

An awesome setting for the 2014 Electrical Wholesaler Awards. Source:  ewnews

It was great to network and bond over a drink and dinner with many of the suppliers and wholesalers present at the reception.

Some of the Electrical Wholesaler Awards Winners

The people at the Electrical Wholesaler Magazine set up and planned the awards with the intention of honouring both the wholesalers and the suppliers (manufacturers). We were pleased to spot among the sponsors of this show our good friends at BEG UK, Eland Cables, and ML Accessories, companies with which we have a long-standing relationship and an excellent communication.

Also, we were delighted to see that some of our suppliers were awarded for their excellence:

  • Marshall-Tufflex was awarded with Best Supplier Customer Service, the Best New Product, and the Best Overall Supplier.
  • Eland Cables was awarded the Best Supplier Website.
  • Schneider Electric was awarded the Best Marketing Campaign (with their Simply Vantastic Campaign, of which we wrote previously).

For the full 2010 Electrical Wholesaler Awards winners please consult the awards page.

SparksDirect.co.uk is “Highly Commended” in the Category: Best Electrical Wholesaler Website

Our category, Best Electrical Wholesaler Website, was peculiar, especially since there are so many “online electrical wholesalers” out there, some of which may not even have a warehouse or a physical showroom.

Also, there are many electrical wholesalers in the UK that have a pretty good website, so we were delighted to see that Sparks Electrical Wholesalers was honoured with the “Highly Commended” award a the category of “Best Electrical Wholesaler Website“.

Stefan (from Sparks) with some of the participants at the award reception and Mike Beswetherick

From left to right: Stefan (from Sparks), Hannah Dedman (Publishing Director, Datateam), Georgia Moore (Events, Datateam), and Mike Beswetherick. Photo credit: ewnews

It is such a honor to us to not merely have a presence not only online but also to be recognized and awarded the Highly Commended award for the quality and design of our online store.

We will definitely aim to get the highest award next year, and you just wait: with the great improvements and awesome tools and features we are planning to implement on our website www.sparksdirect.co.uk, we are definitely in the race for the highest award given to an electrical wholesaler website!

With many thanks to Cyber-Duck (the digital agency we used to revamp our website), we are now ready to bring our website further into the ever-changing and ever-developing internet world, providing the best electrical wholesaler website in the UK for everyone.

Great Light Fittings we Saw and Liked at the Lighting Show #MayDesign Series

Great Light Fittings we Saw and Liked at the Lighting Show MayDesign SeriesOn Monday May 19th 2014 we visited the Lighting section of the May Design show at the London Excel, since many of our suppliers encouraged us to come over and see what they have new.

It was truly amazing to see so many new lighting fixtures – all of them in cool settings and with excellent energy saving properties. We were impressed to see the LED wall lights, LED flood lights, and LED strip lights displayed, and we really liked the new fittings exhibited together with their presentation.

An exciting show with more than 400 exhibitors in total, with sections like: the furniture show, the Lighting show, the Decor, the Kitchen and Bathroom show, and the DX show (a platform for design excellence with innovation and creative thinking). We will definitely visit again next year!

What we Saw and Liked at the May Design Lighting Show

You may say that we were biased in what we looked and, took picture of, and spend time to look into, but we went to the May Design lighting show mainly to see what’s new in the lighting market and what our suppliers brought to the table.

And yes, we did take some pictures, some of which can be found on our twitter stream while others are posted below. Apologies in advance for the quality of the pictures, but we hope you will enjoy them nonetheless.

Astro Lighting - great wall lights in a lovely wall arrangement

Astro Lighting – great wall lights in a lovely wall arrangement

Astro Lighting - awesome wall lamps with a peculiar shape, similar to the Park Lane range

Astro Lighting – awesome wall lamps with a peculiar shape, similar to the Park Lane range

Astro Lighting - a great combination of pendant lights, oval-shaped globe pendants

Astro Lighting – a great combination of pendant lights, oval-shaped globe pendants

Cool looking color pendant light fixtures - we love the combination and the design!

Cool looking color pendant light fixtures – we love the combination and the design!

Rako Controls - always glad to meet them and enjoy the warm blue light of their booth! Dimming systems with wireless control.

Rako Controls – always glad to meet them and enjoy the warm blue light of their booth! Dimming systems with wireless control.

Hamilton with their RetroTouch range of wall switches, including the solutions for hotels and hostels.

Hamilton with their RetroTouch range of wall switches, including the solutions for hotels and hostels.

Astro Lighting - a lovely combination of the white plaster wall lights with concealed wall lighting

Astro Lighting – a lovely combination of the white plaster wall lights with concealed wall lighting

Gap Lighting with their awesome round LED wall fittings with a blue LED shade (also on our website)

Gap Lighting with their awesome round LED wall fittings with a blue LED shade (also on our website here)

TP24 Lighting with loads of LED ceiling lights, wall lights, and table light fixtures.

TP24 Lighting with loads of LED ceiling lights, wall lights, and table light fixtures.

….and many others. The above are just a selection of pictures we took at the May Design Series – the Lighting show.

It took us quite some time to walk around and discover the creative architectural and decorative lighting (with some innovative control solutions) available for retail, hospitality, office, and residential applications. Great job, guys!

Top 3 LED Ceiling Lights on Stock Clearance at Sparks – Best Bargains!

From time to time we like to let our visitors and customers know of our clearance lines, especially the LED light fittings that are both very popular and are on SALE at the moment.

Out of the hundreds of LED ceiling lights, wall lights, interior or exterior lights, etc we have selected the Top 3 LED ceiling fittings – light fittings from great manufacturers that can use LED lamps or fittings that include the LED lamp in them.

Latina Square Glass Ceiling Light takes LED Lamps
Latina Square Glass Ceiling Light - it can take LED Lamps

Manufactured by Astro Lighting and ideal for interior ceiling lighting, the Latina Square Glass fitting is a 9cm x 9cm recessed fitting with stunning features. You can safely use an LED light bulb with this fitting, and as for the price, you can’t get anything better than that: as low as £3 + VAT per fitting (if you buy over 10). Great as a kitchen light, bathroom light (zone 3 only), office light, corridor light, etc. Search for it on our website for: 5506.

Illuma Shower Downlight in Chrome with Fire Protection

Illuma Shower Downlight in Chrome with Fire Protection

Coming with two interchangeable glass covers, this Illuma Fireseal downlight is fully IP65 rated (can be used in the shower) and fire rated (can be used in a fire rated ceiling, being tested up to 130 minutes). It can use an LED light bulb and is fully dimmable as standard. Ideal for damp and humid environments such as kitchens, bathroom, showers, exterior soffits, etc. Search on our website for: DF1082CH.

Twin LED Adjustable Downlight on Rectangular Bar

Twin LED Adjustable Downlight on a Rectangular Bar

The Astro Lighting Nardo LED downlight is an adjustable fitting with two LED round spots (included) fitted on a brushed aluminium rectangular base. Energy saving fitting (2 x 1W LED spots, cool white) for mounting anywhere in the office or at home, either by itself or in a group of LED downlights. Can be purchased online – search for AX5590 on our website – or you can see it in our showroom in Archway, North London.

If you’re re-thinking your lighting design at home or you’re looking for a cheaper LED downlight, maybe even a fire-rated downlight that can take LED lamps, bookmark this article for further reference – and don’t forget to share it with your friends!