FAQs

MAXIMUM LIGHTING – WHO ARE WE?

MAXIMUM LIGHTING is an Australian based Company that brings to you the highest quality lights at the best possible prices. We can provide a turnkey service starting with an onsite assessment and audit, supply, installation and VEEC or ESC preparation and submission. We primarily engage in large commercial projects but no job is too small and certainly never too big. We supply every kind of light available including downlights, highbay’s, fluoro tube replacement, exterior lighting such as street and area lighting, striplighting, and so on. We even customize lights for any bespoke requirements.

HOW DO I KNOW I’M GETTING THE “HIGHEST QUALITY” PRODUCT WHEN YOU’RE OFFERING SUCH “LOW PRICES”?

We back up our offering with a 5 year product warranty. MAXIMUM LIGHTING have travelled the world and spent many years researching and analysing LED’s to source only the very best that is available. It is still true today that some LED’s are inferior to others and much care needs to be taken to ensure that you get the highest quality, however, the best LED’s don’t need to be the most expensive and we are extremely confident that we can offer the best quality LED’s at the best value. Our Company mission statement is simple: “LOWER PRICES – HIGHEST QUALITY!” That’s our promise.

CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT A LED LIGHT IS?

A LED, or light emitting diode, is a semiconductor light source that produces light in a much more efficient manner then conventional lighting technologies such as the incandescent and fluorescent lighting.

Technically, a semiconducting chip is doped (intermixing impurities into a semiconductor of high purity levels to modulate electrical properties) to create what is called a p-n junction. The ‘p’ represents the anode from which electrons flow into the ‘n’ or cathode. “Charge carriers” taking on the form of ‘holes and electrons’ flow into the p-n junction where upon electrons to fall into holes of a lower energy level, causing energy to be liberated in the form of photons. This process, known as electroluminescence, leads to light being generated.

WHAT MAKES LED LIGHTS BETTER THAN OTHER CONVENTIONAL LIGHTS?

LEDs innovative design provide many advantages over that of traditional light bulbs including a longer shelf life, lower energy consumption, size, and an overall improved robustness. Not only are they much more environmentally friendly compared to that of CFL and fluorescent lighting, which contain mercury and other harmful toxins, but also are available in a diverse range of styles, shapes & sizes.

HOW LONG DO LED LIGHTS LAST?

The usual length of time that LED lights last is generally between 30,000 to 50,000 hours. This length of time can vary somewhat depending upon the quality and type of driver used and the number of power surges and electrical fluctuations that the lights are exposed to. Our LEDs are rated to last for more than 10 years, based on normal use and powered by our high quality drivers. LED lighting truly is a smart investment!

WHY ARE LEDS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN CONVENTIONAL LIGHT BULBS?

Considering that LEDs are made using durable, high quality materials that are designed to be shock and heat resistant, joined with the additional manufacturing costs required to produce them, LED lights are often more expensive than their inefficient conventional counterparts. This added cost is readily recouped though through an energy saving of up to 90% on household lighting costs and a much longer shelf life.

IS IT TRUE THAT LED LIGHTS ARE MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT THAN OTHER LIGHTS?

Yes. Light emitting diodes are designed in such a way that enables small amounts of electricity to efficiently generate a large amount of light. LEDs innovative design converts approximately 90% of the electricity used into light, whereas traditional incandescent and florescent lighting technologies utilize a mere 10 – 15% of the electricity, with the rest being lost as heat. This leads to LEDs being much more efficient and heating up to a much lesser extent.

WHAT TYPE OF FITTING PIECE WILL I NEED?

When purchasing it is important to know what kind of light fittings you currently have installed in your home or business and to purchase lights with that kind of fitting. For example, if your household lighting currently has GU10 light fittings then you will need to purchase GU10 LEDs, otherwise the light will not fit. Presently, we stock the most commonly used fittings including MR16, GU10, E27 & B22 models. For more information pertaining to fitting types, and pictures outlying how these fittings look, please check out our LED fitting types page.

I’VE HEARD THAT SOME ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTS SUCH AS CFL’S CAN BE DANGEROUS. IS THIS TRUE?

Prior to LED lights coming onto the marketplace the mainstay energy efficient lighting source came in the form of a CFL, or Compact Fluorescent Light. Despite being efficient, they are in effect quite similar to neon fluorescent tubes predominantly used in kitchens and office spaces. Such lighting gives off a blue-white luminescence and uses much less energy than other conventional lighting sources such as incandescent and halogen lights. Despite this, CFL and fluorescent light sources contain mercury and a variety of other harmful materials that are detrimental to ones’ health. Being made from glass these lights can and often do break making them a significant health and safety issue for households and businesses alike.

LEDs on the other hand do not contain such toxic materials, come in a wide variety of stylish designs, are durable and do not flicker like CFL and Fluorescent lights.

DO LEDS BURN OUT THE SAME WAY TRADITIONAL LIGHT BULBS DO?

LEDs work differently than traditional lights and they do not use a filament. Traditional lighting sources have a filament that heats up, and upon doing so it produces light. Incandescent bulbs continually repeat the heating cycle, which causes the filament to fail. Since LEDs do not have filament within them, but rather a semi-conductor diode, they can last for more than 50,000 hours. Instead of burning out, after many years, these lights will simply begin to fade.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET DIMMABLE LED LIGHTS?

YES. The majority of our lighting products are dimmable and can readily be integrated into your existing household fittings, providing you have a dimmable lighting system already in place. Most of our lights are also compatible with dimming systems such as CBUS and DALI.

WHY DO SOME LED LIGHTS REQUIRE TRANSFORMERS AND OTHERS DO NOT?

The reason why some lights require transformers and others do not is due to how the buildings wiring is set up. Most households use high voltage 240V AC, which is more compatible with the majority of appliances and electrical goods sold on the marketplace.

MR16 lights run on 12V Direct Current (DC) and as a result will require a transformer if used within a 240V wiring system. Conversely, GU10, E27 & B22 LED lights operate on 240V Alternating Current (AC) and as such will not require a transformer to operate if you have a 240V electrical system set up.

Prior to purchasing LEDs it is always prudent to find out how your house hold wiring system is set up to determine which type of light fitting you will require.

CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT THE TERM BEAM ANGLE REFERS TO?

When choosing an LED it is important to consider what type of beam angle would work best for the area being lit. If the beam angle is too low (less than 45 degrees) then the beam of light will concentrate over a much smaller area, producing a spotlight appearance. Such a beam angle results in limited light distribution for a larger room, but often works well for areas such as kitchen benches or bathroom mirrors which may require such lighting. For general household or business lighting applications having a larger beam angle (60 degrees) is the best option. A beam angle of this variety results in the light illuminating much more of the room and this is often the preferred option for the majority of room types.

WHAT IS THE LED COLOUR TEMPERATURE?

The LED colour temperature measures the colour of the light emitted from an LED light bulb. It defines the amount of pure white, yellow, red and blue in a light. Another way to think of the colour temperature is how ‘warm’ or ‘cool’ the light is. Colour temperature is measured in Kelvin and is a measure of the part of the colour spectrum that is found in light.

A simple way to think about this is to compare the light from the sun from sunrise to sunset. At noon the light is bright and white, even more so nearer the equator. At sunrise and sunset the light takes on a more yellow or even red tint. Lower colour temperatures will have more yellow and higher colour temperatures will go from yellow, to pure white and eventually to bluish, like you might find on some of the blue tinted headlights on cars.

Colour temperature is an aesthetic choice, so each person will have their own preference for each setting and application. Preference is as individual and varied as there are applications and people. Here is what we have found to be a common selection for most areas and also and application examples of various colour temperatures:

Kelvin (Correlated Colour Temperature or CCT) Name Applications
2700 to 3000 Kelvin (Typically 3000K) WARM WHITE Preferred for dining and living areas and reception areas where you want a more relaxed environment.
3500 to 4500 Kelvin (Typically 4000K) NATURAL or PURE WHITE Preferred for kitchens and bathrooms where tasks are performed and also in retail outlets and offices.
5000 to 6000 Kelvin (Typically 5000K) COOL or DAYLIGHT WHITE Often used for industrial areas and hospitals or for creating a stark aesthetic in certain environments as desired.

WHAT IS VEET, ESC AND THE GOVERNMENT REBATE SCHEME AND CAN YOUR LIGHTS BE USED TO RECEIVE THE REBATE?

The Victorian Energy Efficient Target (VEET) Scheme and NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) are not rebate schemes. They work similarly but in slightly different ways but essentially enable the purchaser of lights to have certificates created on suitable lighting upgrades. Please CONACT US for more information on VEET or ESC schemes.

DO YOUR LIGHTS HAVE THE NECESSARY APPROVALS FOR SALE IN AUSTRALIA?

All of our products are approved and certified to Australian Standards.