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LED luminaires: what they are, the best brands and how to install them

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What are LED luminaires?

Luminaires are complete LED units with an LED bulb and driver built into them. These single units are designed to be quick and simple to fit and are known for their reliability. LED luminaires often come in two standard shapes:

  • Circular
  • Linear (rectangular)

LED luminaires can easily be retrofitted into lighting fixtures for halogen bulbs. As some luminaires are wired into the mains, you will need standard DIY tools to install them. Other luminaires may require an electrician to fit them efficiently.

What is the difference between a lamp and a luminaire?

A lamp is the light source while the luminaire is the body of the fixture. A lamp must be connected to the luminaire to provide light.

Benefits of LED luminaires

  • Extremely reliable—they come with a standard five-year warranty
  • High levels of lumens (brightness)
  • Designed for retrofitting
  • A significant energy saving—up to 90%
  • Fitting and bulb included in a single package
  • Suitable for a range of scenarios

Where can LED luminaires be used?

The wide range of LED luminaires available means they suit a variety of situations.

LED luminaires are often used in:

  • corridors
  • foyers
  • bathrooms
  • car parks
  • hotels
  • offices
  • garages
  • workshops
  • factories
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Best LED luminaires by brand

Philips

All Philips luminaires have:

  • a circular shape
  • a 3-year warranty
  • an average lifespan of 30,000 hours

Name

Size

Wattage

Colour temperature

Lumens (brightness)

Price

Philips 11w 2D LED Fitting

Diameter: 285mm

Height: 85mm

11w

3,000k

1,100lm

£39.00

Philips 11w 2D LED Fitting

Diameter: 285mm

Height: 85mm

11w

4,000k

1,100lm

£39.00

Philips 17w 2D LED Fitting

Diameter: 345mm

Height: 95mm

17w

3,000k

1,700lm

£47.14

Philips 17w 2D LED Fitting

Diameter: 345mm

Height: 95mm

17w

4,000k

1,700lm

£47.14

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Britesource

All Britesource luminaires have:

  • a rectangular shape
  • an IP65 rating—waterproof and dustproof
  • a 5-year warranty
  • an average lifespan of 50,000 hours
  • a beam angle of 120 degrees

Name

Shape/size

Wattage

Colour temperature

Lumens (brightness)

Price

4ft Single 24w LED Batten

4ft

24w

4,000k

2,400lm

£25.79

4ft Twin 48w LED Batten

4ft

48w

4,000k

4,800lm

£39.84

5ft Single 36w LED Batten

5ft

36w

4,000k

3,600lm

£33.12

5ft Twin 72w LED Batten

5ft

72w

4,000k

7,200lm

£90.49

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Venture

All Venture luminaires have:

  • a rectangular shape
  • an average lifespan of 50,000 hours
  • an IP rating of IP65—waterproof and dustproof

Name

Shape/size

Wattage

Colour temperature

Lumens (brightness)

Price

5ft 65w Twin LED Luminaire

5ft

65w

4,000k

6,260lm

£81.60

5ft 65w Twin LED Luminaire

5ft

65w

5,000k

6,260lm

£78.00

4ft 50w Twin LED Luminaire

4ft

50w

5,000k

5,235lm

£54.00

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Osram

Osram is available in both linear (rectangular) and circular.

Linear

All Osram linear LED luminaires have:

  • a rectangular shape
  • a 5-year guarantee
  • an average lifespan of 50,000 hours
  • 41% energy savings
  • An IP rating of IP65—waterproof and dustproof

Name

Size

Wattage

Colour temperature

Lumens (brightness)

Price

Osram 21w Single 4ft LED Luminaire

4ft

21w

4,000k

2,400lm

£36.58

Osram 39w Twin 4ft LED Luminaire

4ft

39w

4,000k

4,400lm

£51.58

Osram 39w Twin 4ft LED Luminaire

4ft

39w

6,500k

4,400lm

£51.59

Osram 30w Single 5ft LED Luminaire

5ft

30w

4,000k

4,500lm

£41.98

Osram 55w Twin 5ft LED Luminaire

5ft

55w

4,000k

6,400lm

£55.16

Osram 55w Twin 5ft LED Luminaire

5ft

55w

6,500k

6,400lm

£55.16

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Circular

All Osram circular LED luminaires have:

  • a circular shape
  • an average lifespan of 30,000 hours
  • 50% energy savings
  • a 3-year warranty
  • an IP44 rating—splash-proof from any direction

Name

Size

Wattage

Colour temperature

Lumens (brightness)

Price

Osram 18w Circular Surface Mounted LED Luminaire

Diameter: 350mm

Height: 115mm

18w

3,000k

1,440lm

£22.16

Osram 18w Circular Surface Mounted LED Luminaire

Diameter: 350mm Height: 115mm

18w

4,000k

1,440lm

£69.00

Osram 24w Circular Surface Mounted LED Luminaire

Diameter: 400mm Height: 120mm

24w

3,000k

1,920lm

£70.80

Osram 24w Circular Surface Mounted LED Luminaire

Diameter: 400mm Height: 120mm

24w

4,000k

1,920lm

£70.80

Osram 18w Circular Surface Mounted LED Luminaire

Diameter: 350mm Height: 115mm

18w

3,000k

1,440lm

£69.00

Osram 18w Circular Surface Mounted LED Luminaire

Diameter: 350mm

Height: 115mm

18w

4,000k

1,440lm

£22.16

Osram 24w Circular Surface Mounted LED Luminaire

Diameter: 400mm

Height: 120mm

24w

3,000k

1,920lm

£26.36

Osram 24w Circular Surface Mounted LED Luminaire

Diameter: 400mm

Height: 120mm

24w

4,000k

1,920lm

£26.36

Sylvania Sylcircle

Name

Size

Wattage

Colour temperature

Lumens

Price

Sylvania Sylcircle 12w LED Fitting

Diameter: 345mm

Height: 95mm

12w

3,000k

1000lm

£15.92

Best emergency luminaires

led ip65 luminaire

Britesource Emergency Luminaire

  • Designed to replace the traditional single 36w T8 fluorescent
  • Comes with a 3-cell D-type battery and Philips emergency module, allowing the fitting to run on emergency mode for up to 3 hours
  • 4,000k colour temperature (cool white)
  • Available lengths: 4ft, 5ft
  • Available wattages: 24w, 36w, 48w, 72w

Available from £71.99

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Best luminaires for walls

circular fitting

Osram 24w LED Circular Surface Mounted Luminaire—C/W Sensor

  • Can be a direct replacement for a standard compact fluorescent
  • Will last for an average of 30,000 hours
  • IP44 rating—splash-proof from any direction
  • 50% energy saving
  • Available in colour temperatures of 4,000k or 3,000k
  • Comes with a microwave sensor, meaning it can be set as a movement sensor or a photocell which will only illuminate when it is dark

How to fix a LED luminaire to the wall:

Best LED for outdoors

osram led twin luminaire

Osram Twin LED Luminaire

  • IP65 rating—fully waterproof and fully dustproof
  • Uniform light and wide beam angle
  • Energy savings of up to 50%
  • Easy installation
  • 5-year guarantee
  • No tools needed for installation

Available from £30.48

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