Improving visibility on stairs not just adds to its elegance but also significantly reduces the risk for common mishaps caused by misjudging distances. This section lists Step Lights product range offered at Rock Around The Block which will assist you to never miss that step.
How to choose the right outdoor step lights?
Not all lights are made equal. That’s the reason we have measurements to understand and identify good quality lights. Some of the important measurements that will assist you to shortlist your outdoor lightings are briefly explained below. You may read more details about these measurements in our FAQ section.
- Lumens (lm)
A lumen is a measure of the amount of brightness of a lightbulb -- the higher the number of lumens, the brighter the lightbulb. Wattage (W) on the other hand is the measurement of Energy use and is not indicative of the light output.
- Colour Temperature (K)
Light appearance is measured on the Kelvin (K) scale of 1,000 to 10,000 from warm to cool. A value between 2,700 and 3,200K denotes warm white or yellowish coloured light (ideal for bedrooms and garden), while that between 3,200 and 5,000k represents cool toned lights (mostly used in Kitchen) and those above 5,000k are for bright daylight kind of colour (good for bathrooms and study)
- Colour Rendering Index (CRI)
Colour Rendering Index (CRI) is the measurement of how colours look under a light source when compared with sunlight. The index is measured from 0-100, with a perfect 100 indicating that colours under the light source appear the same as they would under natural sunlight. Lights with a CRI greater than 80 are more than acceptable for most applications, while lights with a CRI greater than 90 is generally considered higher quality lights.
- Ingress Protection (IP) rating
This value for a mechanical or electrical hardware specifies its degree of protection against external environmental elements such as moisture, dust, and vermin. The first digit denotes protection against the intrusion of foreign solid objects such as dust while the second digit indicates the level of protection against the ingress of water and moisture. When put together, the two numbers will determine the likelihood of any foreign object entering the light fitting and possibly damaging it. A good quality high-end outdoor light will have an IP rating of 65 and higher.
- Material of construction
Outdoor lights are exposed to several environmental conditions, such as pollution, rainfall, salty air etc. Hence the choice of materials used to construct the light fittings plays an important role in this regard. Some of the well proven material used in good quality light fittings are:
- Brass, Cooper & Bronze: High corrosion & weather resistance
- Aluminium: light weight and malleable. Anodization further enhances the finish to make it scratch resistant.
- Steel: Effectively reflects light making it appear very bright. SS-304 is the less expensive grade but less corrosion resistant than SS-316 variant.
With the above summary to help you evaluate the numbers on the packaging, you now have the information needed to identify lights most suitable for you needs. the product range offered at our store includes easy to install surface mounted step light, wall and eyelid step lights in a range of finishes. We ship Australia wide using Australia Post and also offer same day pick up from our Somerton (VIC 3062) warehouse for paid orders for selected products.