Selecting a suitable luminaire

There are limitless options available in the market when selecting a light fitting. In this piece, we are going to delve a bit deeper and examine the key features you should be looking for in a light fitting to ensure it is suitable for your project.

We have created a checklist of steps to go through when selecting your light fitting.

Step 1.
The first thing you need to ensure is the fitting is suitable for installation in an outdoor environment where it may be fully exposed to the elements. The Ingress Protection (IP) rating, or International Protection Code, classifies luminaires according to their protection against the ingress of dust, solid foreign bodies and water as an IP number system required by IEC 60529 and in accordance with IEC 60598.

Step 2.
International numeric classification to indicate the degrees of protection provided by enclosures for electrical equipment against external The fitting will also need to be robust, and in some instances vandal proof. IK Ratings are an mechanical impacts.

Step 3.
It is crucial the luminaire has been photometrically tested, which will show exactly how the fitting should perform. Once a fitting has been tested, a photometric test file is produced, allowing lighting designers to carry out detailed designs to ensure lighting requirements are achieved.

Step 4.
There are also numerous compliance requirements that a luminaire must possess. Thermal reports, electrical safety and EMC compliance are 3 of the most important tests a light fitting must carry. Most reputable lighting manufacturers will undertake all the necessary testing. If they are unable to produce any of the above on request, be very wary of using the product.

Step 5.
Warranty is also another thing to be aware of. Most manufacturers now offer a 5 year warranty as standard.

This editorial was collated to provide a basic understanding of some of the points to be aware of when selecting a light fitting. By using the above as a checklist, you are ensuring the fitting you choose is a quality, fit for purpose luminaire. For more detailed information on any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us.