Technical Blog

March 5, 2018

Welcome to this month’s blog – In this article, we look at warranties- their potential pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Warranties for luminaire products should at first glance, should be a simple issue – However, many warranties do not cover the product for all eventualities which may occur onsite, and some can be simply misleading!

A warrant may be conditi...

February 28, 2018

Many product specifiers and light plan engineers, may compare the IES files of similarly constructed high bay lighting products from different manufacturers, and may conclude that the LEDs + Meanwell driver will perform identically in all of these products- with the only perceivable difference being the price and slight differences in efficacy.

Q- Is it po...

August 18, 2017


This month blog looks at how sales information provided by some manufacturers and suppliers, differs from the actual lighting product’s performance, when stating the products true efficacy.

Please note: efficacy is the term used to describe...

July 4, 2017

Often in the lighting industry, there are cases where an onsite power quality problem can be misidentified as a reliability issue with old/worn onsite breakers [where nuisance tripping occurs and is attributed to old faulty breakers] If such a site issue is not correctly identified, the resultant non-compliant power supply, could lead to product failure o...

April 21, 2017

Welcome to this blog, which looks at the potential perils of switching over from HID lighting technologies to modern solid state LED lighting.

It is a commonly made [but incorrect] assumption, that solid state/LED based lighting products should be as robust as old magnetic/HID lighting products. Many of us have heard stories of old magnetic HID lamps catch...

March 24, 2017

Welcome to this month’s  Blog: Predicting start-up inrush currents on LED lighting equipment ,and selecting the correct breaker ratings +fittings per breaker.

As LED technology is still a relatively new subject matter to many installing electrical contractors – the UK lighting industry has heard of an increasing number of incidents, where incorrect onsite...

March 6, 2017

This weeks blog looks at onsite issues regarding product Ta rating and onsite reliability.

It may seem straightforward to select a product with a suitable Ta rating for a particular site – however the following problems can occur:

A . the manufacturer/supplier competitively overstates the Ta rating of a product [ as they are using  the drivers spec, sheet i...

February 6, 2017

Welcome to the Blog section of our MG Lites website

In this section, we will provide regular informative articles/discussion points for anyone with an interest in the lighting industry – especially regarding the use LED products.

This month’s subject looks at the controversial practise of hot swapping DC connections on products such as LED panels /downlight...

December 19, 2016

Over recent years there have been many new LED lighting products introduced to the market.

Some of these are of excellent quality, built to comply fully with all relevant standards, however there are also some which are untested for use in EU working environments, or are unreliable and possibly unsafe with no genuine CE certification.

Within the industry we...

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