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The Perfect Green Deal Bathroom Ventilation Fans: the Airflow LOOVENT Eco!

With over 40 years of experience in manufacturing and selling airflow ventilation systems, Airflow has a wide range of bathroom fans and kitchen fans, including the LOOVENT Eco range.

The Perfect Green Deal Bathroom Ventilation Fans: the Airflow LOOVENT Eco!

Continuing its range of LOOVENT fans of “legendary reputation” since 1969 or so, Airflow has transformed this range into a modern 2-speed ECO version for a safer, cheaper to run, low energy, and more modern bathroom ventilation.

With a discreet style in a modular design, extremely easy to install and maintain, the LOOVENT Eco bathroom centrifugal fans are quiet and come with either a timer, a humidity timer, or a motion sensor with timer.

The Airflow 72684305 timer version for example allows you to set the run-on timer between 2 and 24 minutes, and you can select a delay of two minutes after the light is turned on in the bathroom.

This fan can be connected to the light switch, and it comes with a momentary pull-cord switch as a “manual boost” override for you to switch to the second speed (the standard speed is the first one).

The Airflow LOOVENT eco range of fans is great for bathrooms and toilets where the duct runs are long, since the centrifugal impeller is powerful enough to move air over longer distances when met with pressure resistance from ducting.

The Airflow Loovent ECO fans can be installed in Portrait or Landscape in the Bathroom or Toilet

With an ingress protection rating of IPx5, these fans are suitable for use in zone 1 or 2 with a 30mA RCD (as defined in Section 701 BS7161:2008 IEEE Wiring Regulations, 17th Edition). They also comply with the latest Building Regulations, Approved Document F (part L).

The Airflow Loovent ECO fans can be either wall mounted or ceiling mounted, as needed.

This range of bathroom fans successfully replaces the old style (very popular) LOOVENT fans; the spigot position is identical and the back plates are the same size (reworking is thus minimum).

Airflow LOOVENT Eco Bathroom Fans – Features and Benefits

  • Economical to operate: the “low setting” uses only 3.5W to provide continuous ventilation, the “high speed” 12W (for “boosting” the ventilation). Cheaper to run.
  • High extraction rate: 62 m³/hr at low speed, 110 m³/hr boost.
  • Very quiet running: 29 / 47 dB(A) at 3m.
  • Low SPF: only 0.21 / 0.40 w/l/s
  • Compact design: modernised curved edge design.
  • Longer life ball bearing motor.
  • LOOVENT Eco T: complete with timer which can be set to run on 2-45 mins.
  • Internal electrics: now contained inside a separate sealed housing (very safe).
  • Ideal for new builds and refurbishments, with a small footprint and a modern design. Great for bathrooms, toilets, en-suites, utilities room, kitchens, etc.
  • Green Deal: The LOOVENT eco dMEV version will be the perfect solution for the “Green Deal” which is the latest Government innitiative and ideal if you have added aditional insulation to your home. This fan will combat any problems with condensation and mould and remove any odours that may occur.
  • Ducting: 100mm / 4 inch fan.
  • Fan dimensions: 187 mm width, 167 mm height, 138 mm depth.
  • Double insulated: does not require an earth connection.
  • Mounting: can be surface or recessed, portrait or landscape, as needed.
  • Location: it is important to locate this fan in the best location for an optimal performance, ideally at the furthest point away from where the replacement air enters in the bathroom.
  • IP rating: IPx5, suitable for use in the bathroom (zones 1 and 2)
  • Mains voltage: 100 / 240V – 50/60Hz single phase supply.

LOOVENT Eco Fans – a Fan for Every Application!

  • New Build: LOOVENT eco gives the Specifier of ventilation for new dwellings the opportunity to select low energy efficient intermittent extraction in toilets, en-suites, bathrooms, utility rooms and kitchens in compliance with the latest Building Regulations. For better sealed houses and those Specifiers implementing a decentralised, whole house ventilation strategy the continuous ventilation dMEV model is the ideal choice.
  • Repair and Refurbishment: From simple DIY to planned upgrade and refurbishment the LOOVENT eco provides proven performance with outstanding reliabilty and functionality. Built on the pedigree of over 2 million Loovents sold since it’s introduction in 1969, the next generation LOOVENT eco even has the same mounting points and offset spigot position of its predecessor making it quick and simple to replace.
  • Social Housing: It is not only low energy, but incorporates quiet operation and good value that concerns Social Housing Specifiers. With the move away from ad-hoc repairs to longer term planned maintenance programme the Asset Manager has his eye on long life components that require minimal ongoing maintenance, LOOVENT eco with ball bearing motor technology provides the assurance of many years of trouble free operation that can be relied upon for inclusion in their MRS planning.

And the good news is that, for a limited period of time, you can purchase the LOOVENT Eco 4 inch 72684305 with timer and the version with humidistat 72684306 at a lower price than usual.

If you’re a LOOVENT fan or you need a high quality centrifugal ventilation fan with low noise operation, energy saving ECO credentials, low cost maintenance, and complying with the Green Deal requirements, you should definitely check these fans out at Sparks!

The Best GU10 LED Lamp on Durability, Performance, and Energy Saving (Video)

The Best Buy GU10 LED Lamp on Durability, Performance, and Energy Saving (Video)In June 2014 Integral LED was awarded by “Which?” with the “Best Buy for GU10 LED bulb” on the categories of durability, performance, and energy saving.

The tests they performed and the results they obtained can be found on their website, but one thing is certain: after a rigorous testing against many of the big name LED manufacturer brands, Which? has awarded the “Best Buy (Spotlights)” in June 2014 to the Integral LED made GU10 PAR16 5.3W 3000K non-dimmable LED lamp.

What we are talking about is a retrofit LED lamp which delivers a warm light and brightness, being the equivalent to a 50W halogen bulb (see the manufacturer announcement on their blog).

Also, this LED lamp features quad high output Everlight LEDs, has an anti-glare refractor, and is finished in aluminium and plastic with a GU10 lamp cap and a thermally efficient body. Great for both commercial use and domestic applications.

This LED light bulb is a perfect replacement for the once-efficient but now energy-wasting and quite inefficient 50W halogen lamps, and this LED lamp can help you reduce your electricity bills by up to 85% instantly.

Think about it: you can save money every month on electricity with a fast pay back of less than a year!

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Technical specifications for this Awarded LED Lamp

  • Wattage: 5.3W (equivalent to 50W halogen lamp)
  • Dimming: non-dimmable LED lamp
  • Type: GU10 PAR16 LED light bulb
  • Light color: warm white 3000K
  • Anti-glare refractor, high quad output Everlight LEDs.
  • Lumens: 350 useful lumens (370lm nominal)
  • Lumens per watt: 69.8lm/W
  • Construction: plastic and aluminium heat-sink
  • Dimensions: 52mm length, 50mm diameter
  • Mains voltage LED lamp, 50Hz
  • IP rating: IP20 rated.
  • Energy rating: A+

More specifications and technical details together with more other pictures and videos for this awarded BEST LED Spotlight in 2014 can be found via our dedicated page for this GU10LS5W LED lamp at SparksDirect.co.uk.

How to Program Varilight V-Pro dimmers to Optimize the Performance of Dimmable LED Lighting

Varilight is a very much praised and appreciated brand especially because of its great LED dimmer switches, and recently they put out some videos via their Varilight TV channel on YouTube.

Watch the video below and see the step-by-step instructions for the Varilight V-Pro dimmers – switching between trailing edge and leading edge modes, and then returning to the factory settings.

The Varilight V-Pro dimmers are set to run in trailing-edge mode (MODE 1) by default. This versatile mode is suitable for most types of lighting, including many dimmable LEDs. It is also “gentler” on the load (this is MODE 3). An alternative trailing-edge mode (MODE 3) may improve the performance of some dimmable LEDs and dimmable CFLs.

Some other lighting loads, including some types of LED lights, perform best with leading-edge control. This dimmer can also be set to run in leading edge (see MODE 2).

Changing the driving mode between trailing edge (MODE 1) and leading edge (MODE 2)

  1. Step 1. Switch on and set the dimmer knob to the MAXIMUM brightness setting (turn fully clockwise)
  2. Step 2. Turn the lights OFF and back ON three times: OFF-ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON (leaving approx. 1 second between presses).
  3. Step 3. The lights will step up and down in brightness to show that the dimmer is in CONFIGURATION MODE, then go off.
  4. Step 4. To select MODE 2, turn the know fully anti-clockwise. The lights will flash two times. This will show that the dimmer has been set to MODE 2. The dimmer can now be operated normally in the new mode.

To return the dimmer to MODE 1, follow the same procedure again. The light will flash once. This will show the dimmer has returned to MODE 1.

Changing the driving mode between trailing edge (MODE 1) and alternative trailing edge (MODE 3)

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  1. Step 1. Switch on and set the dimmer knob to the MAXIMUM brightness setting (turn fully clockwise).
  2. Step 2. Turn the lights OFF and back ON three times: OFF-ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON (leaving approx. 1 second between presses).
  3. Step 3. The lights will step up and down in brightness to show that the dimmer is in CONFIGURATION MODE, then go off.
  4. Step 4. To select MODE 3, turn the know fully anti-clockwise then fully clockwise. The lights will flash three times. This will show that the dimmer has been set to MODE 3. The dimmer can now be operated normally in the new mode.

To return the dimmer to MODE 1, follow the same procedure again. The light will flash once. This will show the dimmer has returned to MODE 1.

Adjusting the minimum brightness

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The minimum brightness setting of the Varilight V-Pro dimmer can be adjusted to achieve the optimum dimming range for a particular load. If your lights are flickering when they are dimmed to a low level, you can increase the minimum brightness of the dimmer, which may prevent this from happening.

If the lights are brighter than you would like when the dimmer is set to minimum, you can try reducing the minimum brightness setting of the dimmer.

  1. Step 1. Switch on and set the dimmer knob to the MINIMUM brightness setting (turn fully anti-clockwise).
  2. Step 2. Turn the lights OFF and back ON three times: OFF-ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON (leaving approx. 1 second between presses).
  3. Step 3. The lights will step up and down in brightness to show that the dimmer is in CONFIGURATION MODE, then go off.
  4. Step 4. Turn the knob fully clockwise. As soon as the lights come on, start to adjust the minimum brightness, then leave at the desired level. After 3 seconds, the new setting will be saved.
  5. Step 5. Now continue to use the dimmer as normal, with the new minimum brightness.

Resetting the Varilight V-Pro LED Dimmer

How can we reset the dimmer? The dimmer can be reset to its factory settings, and this will restore the driving mode to trailing edge (MODE 1) and default minimum brightness setting.

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  1. Step 1. Switch on and set the dimmer knob to the MAXIMUM brightness setting (turn fully clockwise).
  2. Step 2. Turn the lights OFF and back ON three times: OFF-ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON (leaving approx. 1 second between presses).
  3. Step 3. The lights will step up and down in brightness to show that the dimmer is in CONFIGURATION MODE, then go off.
  4. Step 4. Turn the lights OFF and back ON three times: OFF-ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON (leaving approx. 1 second between presses). The light will come ON and dim down to OFF indicating a successful factory reset. Then the light will flash once showing the dimmer has returned to default MODE 1 (trailing edge). The dimmer can now be operated normally in the new mode.

How you can have LED Lighting all Around the House even on a Low Budget!

LED Light Fittings at Sparks - a wide collection of LED lights and LED lamps

The LED lights are no longer merely a fancy light-emitting diodes solution for coloured lighting or indicators on electrical devices and appliances; the LED technology is evolving to the point that today you can safely have LED lights all around the house, and this even with a low budget!

LED Light Fittings at Sparks - a wide collection of LED lights and LED lamps

As seen above, we at Sparks we have a dedicated section that compiles most of the LED lights and LED fittings that we do at the moment, and even at a glance you will be amazed at the wide range of light fittings available that either use or can take LED light bulbs!

LED Lighting All Around the House – even with a Low Budget!

If you are like most of us, you would like to have LED lights (since they are both energy saving and “the new thing”) all around the house, and, if possible, these lights should also be dimmable.

And we know this because MOST of our customers ask us via email, website, phone, chat, twitter, and in person something like this, I want a LED light that is dimmable – do you have any? Of course we do :) and we will continue to bring them in as long as the are high quality, serviceable, replaceable, and with an excellent feedback.

And the greatest thing about the LED lights is that their price is going lower and lower, even though they incorporate the latest LED technology! Here are some of the LED lights you could install all around the house without having to bleed money or have a heart attack when you see the price:

Indoor LED Lighting

The wide range of LED Lights for interior lighting includes LED wall lights, ceiling lights, table lights, undershelf lights, bathroom lights, table lights, bedside lights, etc.

ELAN-LED downlight, dimmable, available in White, Chrome, and NickelFor example, the ELAN-LED range of LED downlights is a great solution for dimmable downlights offering a neutral white or a warm white light and coming in white, chrome, or nickel finish. And if you want to change the bezel of this fitting, you can easily do so with the available brass, black, or chrome bezels available, both in a round and in a square version.

Moving to the pendant lights, the Firstlight 8613 bar pendants and most of the high quality pendants can use a LED light bulb, many of which are also dimmable.

For a nice concealed lighting we would recommend the USLED range of LED undershelf strip lights – nice looking under-shelf strip lights for anywhere in the house (except the bathroom). In the bathroom you can either use some IP44 rated wall or ceiling lights which take LED, and above the mirror the OMLED10 will definitely save you both money and energy.

Do you want to have a bedside table lamp or an LED spot light with a flexible head mounted on the wall by the bed? There’s a wide range of bedroom LED lights, from LED table lamps to children lamps, bedside lamps, reading lamps, etc. You should definitely check out the NX326 Mento LED light.

Outdoor LED Lighting

Outdoor LED flood light in White or BlackSay “good bye” to the high wattage and high energy consumption halogen flood lights and “Hello” to the energy saving LED flood lights!

Whether you want to light up the building facade or make sure unwanted visitors are surprised by the PIR-triggered light beam, the LED flood lights are now more affordable and useful than ever.

For a more concealed lighting and highlighting outdoors you can safely use the many LED strip lights for outdoor. They come in warm white, cool white, or even in RGB color changing if you prefer this, and some of them can be even remotely controlled.

LED outdoor wall light: the Astro Lighting Puzzle LED lightFor a more fancy rectangular wall mounted LED fitting you should take a look at the Astro Lighting Puzzle AX0931 LED light – it will puzzle both you and your guests as you can hardly see where the light source is!

And if you are not convinced yet, we would like to invite you to visit the LED lighting section on our website where you can see more, read more, and choose the best LED light fitting that you need.

If you’re from around London and you would like to see how the LED downlights, wall lights, strip lights, etc look like, you can pay us a visit in Archway at our Lighting Showroom – we’re open daily from 8.00am to 5.00pm, and on Saturday from 8.30am to 2.00pm.

Top 3 LED Ceiling Lights on Stock Clearance at Sparks – Best Bargains!

Illuma Shower Downlight in Chrome with Fire Protection

From time to time we like to let our visitors and customers know of our clearance lines, especially the LED light fittings that are both very popular and are on SALE at the moment.

Out of the hundreds of LED ceiling lights, wall lights, interior or exterior lights, etc we have selected the Top 3 LED ceiling fittings – light fittings from great manufacturers that can use LED lamps or fittings that include the LED lamp in them.

Latina Square Glass Ceiling Light takes LED Lamps
Latina Square Glass Ceiling Light - it can take LED Lamps

Manufactured by Astro Lighting and ideal for interior ceiling lighting, the Latina Square Glass fitting is a 9cm x 9cm recessed fitting with stunning features. You can safely use an LED light bulb with this fitting, and as for the price, you can’t get anything better than that: as low as £3 + VAT per fitting (if you buy over 10). Great as a kitchen light, bathroom light (zone 3 only), office light, corridor light, etc. Search for it on our website for: 5506.

Illuma Shower Downlight in Chrome with Fire Protection

Illuma Shower Downlight in Chrome with Fire Protection

Coming with two interchangeable glass covers, this Illuma Fireseal downlight is fully IP65 rated (can be used in the shower) and fire rated (can be used in a fire rated ceiling, being tested up to 130 minutes). It can use an LED light bulb and is fully dimmable as standard. Ideal for damp and humid environments such as kitchens, bathroom, showers, exterior soffits, etc. Search on our website for: DF1082CH.

Twin LED Adjustable Downlight on Rectangular Bar

Twin LED Adjustable Downlight on a Rectangular Bar

The Astro Lighting Nardo LED downlight is an adjustable fitting with two LED round spots (included) fitted on a brushed aluminium rectangular base. Energy saving fitting (2 x 1W LED spots, cool white) for mounting anywhere in the office or at home, either by itself or in a group of LED downlights. Can be purchased online – search for AX5590 on our website – or you can see it in our showroom in Archway, North London.

If you’re re-thinking your lighting design at home or you’re looking for a cheaper LED downlight, maybe even a fire-rated downlight that can take LED lamps, bookmark this article for further reference – and don’t forget to share it with your friends!

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