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Task Lighting

Task Lighting refers to increasing illuminance to better accomplish a specific activity. However, the illuminance level is not the only factor governing visibility. Contrast is also important, and a poorly positioned light source may cause contrast reduction, resulting in loss of visibility. Therefore, it can be argued that the most important purpose of task lighting in the office is not increasing illuminance, but improving contrast. Desk lamps, reading lamps, and the under-cabinet lights found in many cubicles are all considered task lighting.

Decorative Lighting:

With decorative lighting it’s all about making a statement and putting your stamp on your space and adding the “WOW” factor. Choosing your decorative lighting can be a very enjoyable experience given the amount of options on the market. We’re confident you will find that statement light at Eames. From contemporary to classic we have something that will suit your style.

Bathroom Lighting:When dealing with bathroom lighting it all comes down to safety given the environments that the lighting will be subjected to.This is where the IP Rating (Ingress Protection) plays a very important role to see the capabilities  of the fitting.(see IP Rating Chart below). Bathroom lighting at the very least should be IP 44 which basically means splashproof.Wall and spotlights seem to be the most popular given the fact there are no hanging wires and are quite compact.Don’t forget: the main bathroom light must be switched on by a fabric pull cord or by a light switch situated outside the bathroom.

Outdoor Lighting:

Technical Information

Incandescent Bulbs

produce light when an electric current passes through a filament and causes it to glow. Because they are less energy efficient than other light sources, they are best used for task lighting that demands high levels of brightness.

CFL Bulbs

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs that can be used in most types of lighting fixtures. The screw-in types can be used to replace incandescent lamps in standard lamp sockets.They use around 70% less energy and are safer to handle as they produce less heat.

LED Bulbs

Light Emitting Diode bulbs differ from traditional incandescent bulbs in the way they produce light. While old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs passed electricity through a filament, LEDs produce light through the use of a semi-conductor that emits light energy when an electrical current is passed through it. LED lamps have a lifespan and electrical efficiency which are several times longer than incandescent lamps, and significantly more efficient than most fluorescent lamps, with some chips able to emit more than 300 lumens per watt.

Halogen Bulbs

A halogen lamp, also known as a tungsten halogen, quartz-halogen or quartz iodine lamp, is an incandescent lamp that has a small amount of a halogen such as iodine or bromine added.Halogen bulbs use about 20% less energy in comparison to incandescent bulbs.They also tend to get very hot to the touch and emit a cooler white light.

IP Rating

Ingress Protection Ratings or  International Protection Marking , classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against intrusion (body parts such as hands and fingers), dust,accidental contact, and water by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures. It is published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The equivalent British standard is EN 60529.