Certification and regulation – why bother?

By |2020-09-10T13:00:42+01:00September 10th, 2020|Categories: Editorial, Uncategorised|

Lighting product certification and regulation ensures that products meet the relevant local, national or international regulatory standards. Globally, electrical products are required to meet strict safety, environmental and performance standards for the simple reason that, without such extensive precautions, they may injure or kill users. Assets, such as buildings and other possessions, are also at [...]

WEBINAR: LED Drivers Explained

By |2020-09-09T10:40:44+01:00September 9th, 2020|Categories: Editorial, Uncategorised|

In today's fast-paced and rapidly-changing LED arena selecting an LED driver in an industry marked by obscure terminology where even the experts still debate definitions and standards can be overwhelming. Selecting a LED driver can be confusing. In this webinar you will learn about: Concepts such as the choice of constant current and constant voltage drivers [...]

WEBINAR: Dimming LEDs 101

By |2020-04-22T15:47:26+01:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Editorial, Uncategorised|

A webinar training session for electricians and wholesalers. Can you work out how many LED's your dimmer can support? Do you spend too much time getting LEDs & dimmers to work perfectly? Would you like to learn about getting dimmers, inverters and solar panels to work together? Do you know if you can you sign [...]

Cost savings when dimming LEDs and understanding LED dimmer ratings

By |2020-04-22T15:20:41+01:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Editorial, Uncategorised|

" … energy saving is real when you dim LEDs – the more you dim, the more you save. The more you dim, the cooler the lamp operates resulting in reduced lumen depreciation as well as a longer lifetime of the LEDs driver." By Dr Marthinus Smit and Tracey Steyn, Shuttle Lighting Dimming LEDs in homes, [...]

Inductive interference with dimmers

By |2019-09-05T10:59:59+01:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Editorial, Uncategorised|

An inductive appliance or equipment (fan, magnetic ballast etc) can sometimes cause interference with a dimmer when it is installed in close electrical proximity to the dimmer.  The lights on a dimmer might exhibit a shudder, flicker or a quick flick and in may turn off when for example an older magnetic ballast or a [...]

Shuttle’s 5-step checklist for selecting the best LED dimmer

By |2018-11-23T12:01:26+00:00November 23rd, 2018|Categories: Editorial|

While the rapid growth of dimmable LED technology has paved the way towards a new era of lighting, it has also increased the risk of incompatibility issues, resulting in lights flickering or malfunctioning, especially while dimming. Below are the five questions Shuttle Lighting say are important to ask to find quality dimmers that will work [...]

5 things you must know before you dim LED strip lighting

By |2018-11-05T11:18:53+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Editorial|

The adoption of LED strip lighting for new installations is rising fast and there is an opportunity for further growth if the user experience can be optimised. LED strip lighting has captured the imagination of consumers, offering energy saving benefits whilecontrolling the mood or accent of any space. Consumers are looking to increase the performance [...]

What the symbols on your electrical products mean

By |2018-01-23T10:42:47+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Editorial|

On the back side of most gadgets, there's a string of hieroglyphs that look like the bottom line of an engineer’s eye chart. But this mishmash of electrical symbols and letters is essential to international trade, product performance and safety. All electrical switches including dimmers must have the following mandatory electrical symbols to comply with [...]

Dimensioning a UPS/Inverter for LED crest factor

By |2017-07-11T17:24:45+01:00July 11th, 2017|Categories: Editorial|

UPS and inverter backup units can be classified into two main categories, true sine wave and “quasi” or “simulated” sine output and are usually specified by their VA and Watt rating. Oscillogram 1 shows the voltage (red) and load current (yellow) of typical 600VA “quasi-sine” UPS with 10x Verbatim 8.5W GU10 LED’s (#52310) without a [...]

The Real Benefit of dimming LED’s

By |2017-07-11T16:12:03+01:00July 11th, 2017|Categories: Editorial|

Most modern homes, boardrooms and even offices nowadays consider the ability to dim lights and even groups of lights within the same room to be a necessity. This is mainly for the aesthetic value that dimming adds to the living or working environment. Justifiably, during earlier times when the National Grid was not under pressure, [...]

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