FAQ

1) What are LEDs?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes. One of the reasons why LEDs are so energy efficient is because they are directional light sources. That means that unlike incandescent and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) that give off light in all directions, LEDs only emit light in the direction you need.

2) How to LEDs work?

LEDs have no gasses or filaments. Instead, they have a semiconductor diode that emits light when a voltage is applied to it. LED lights emit very little heat. There is no glass that can be broken or screwed contacts that can loosen. LED lights are also mercury free and 100% recyclable.

3) What makes LEDs better than other light sources?

Quite simply, LED lights outperform conventional lighting options. They are more energy efficient and cost efficient. They are longer lasting, flicker free and durable even in colder outdoor temperatures. LEDs reduce demand on cooling systems because they don’t produce excess heat. They are easy to install and don’t contain any hazardous materials.

AC powered LEDs emit very little electromagnetic frequency (EMF) pollution while remote location DC powered LEDs emit none at all. Whether used in a residential or commercial applications, indoors or outdoors, LED lights offer a superior lighting solution.

4) Why should I make the switch to LED lighting?
  • Substantial energy savings: Once you make the switch to LEDs, you’ll notice the kilowatt intake of your home or commercial property decrease significantly. Less energy = less costs.
  • Maximum efficiency: Unlike compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) that give off EMF, slow start and have no dimming, LED products present no burn hazards and in fact, give off very little wasted heat at all. Less extra heat means less strain on cooling systems and air conditioners.
  • Long lifespan: Constantly replacing inefficient lights adds to your lighting and maintenance costs. Installing energy efficient LED products that last up to 50,000 hours (5x longer than CFLs) means you can dramatically decrease your replacement and maintenance costs.
  • Increased safety: DC powered LED lights are shock resistant, have a low risk of spark related incidents, are IC rated (safe to come in contact with insulation) and are certified as safe to self-install. AC and DC powered lights contain no mercury or other toxic chemicals.
  • Low environmental impact: LED lights are 100% recyclable and do not need to be sent to specialized recycling facilities for disposal.
  • Better light quality: LEDs are flicker free, have no warm up time, are fully dimmable and come in natural white, warm white and RGB color temperatures.
  • Better durability: Since LEDs are shielded by plastic materials or polycarbonate covers, LEDs are more resistant than the unprotected glass of some CFL bulbs.
  • More options: LEDs are made in all shapes and sizes—panel lights, pot lights, cabinet lights, stair or wall lights, strip lights, and flood lights—so they can fit just about anywhere. They can fit into tight corners or be used to illuminate large areas. With so many options available to you, your creative lighting design can come to life.
  • Better performance: Switching to extra low voltage DC lighting produces additional benefits such as more efficient transmission, enhanced system stability, less insulation required, and less expensive wiring needed. Rimikon extra low voltage LEDs are 15% more efficient than standard voltage LEDs.
5) How much money will LED lights save me?

Switching from less efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to highly efficient LEDs can lead to significant cost savings over many different categories. LEDs can reduce energy consumption by over 75%. Their easy installation will save front end costs, and their extra long lifespan (up to 50,000 hours) will save you in maintenance and replacement costs. With the cost of LEDs coming down, the light will pay for itself quickly as you keep saving on energy costs for years to come.

6) Why choose Rimikon?

Rimikon has been designing, testing and manufacturing extra low voltage LED technology in Ottawa for over 10 years. The quality of our products is backed by multiple certifications. Rimikon was the first company in North America to achieve Class 2 UL and cUL certification of extra low voltage LED lights (Class 2 means the voltage is low enough and safe enough to self install). Our AC and DC LED panel lights are DLC certified, while our other products meet the Energy Star standard for energy efficiency.

We have designed and patented the most innovative, energy efficient LED lighting systems on the market. Rimikon extra low voltage LED lights are 15% more energy efficient than conventional 110V LED lights and last 5x longer than compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Our LEDs will last up to 50,000 hours (i.e. less maintenance and fewer replacements), are flicker free, and fully dimmable.

Rimikon LEDs can be used on either an AC or a DC power source—choose AC to connect to standard wiring (just remove the CFL and replace with a Rimikon LED) and switch to DC by installing less expensive, safer, extra low voltage wire if you would like to save even more energy and costs. Our customers may also be able to benefit from cost-saving incentives from the government and local distribution companies.

7) When can I expect a return on my investment?

Outfitting your home or commercial property with extra low voltage LED lights from Rimikon is a wise investment. Many of our customers see a return on their investment in 1.5 to 3.5 years. The extra long lifespan of our LED lights (up to 50,000 hours) ensures that you continue to benefit from energy, maintenance and cost savings for many years to come—up to 75% savings.

8) What are the benefits of a longer lasting light?

The longer an energy efficient light lasts, the longer it saves you money. The initial investment of purchasing the light is paid back quickly in the form of energy and maintenance savings. Once that cost is recuperated, the remaining lifespan of up to 50,000 hours results in ongoing, long term energy savings for you and less waste sent to the landfill.

9) What does a 50,000 hour life span really mean?

Here are some guidelines:

Illumination Lifespan
18 hours per day 7.4 years
12 hours per day 11.4 years
8 hours per day 17.1 years
10) Can LEDS replace all conventional carbon fluorescent lights (CFLs)?

Yes. For example, you can:

  • Upgrade your existing fixtures with an LED AC panel light (if you don’t want to rewire with extra low voltage 14/2 stranded wire).
  • Convert your AC system to a Rimikon extra low voltage DC system. Use the existing base building’s grid power, add a Rimikon junction box and run extra low voltage wire to each panel.
  • Install Rimikon extra low voltage lighting during new construction or fit-ups. Install a Rimikon junction box and run extra low voltage wire to each panel zone.
11) Can Rimikon LED lights be used with dimmers?

Yes. Rimikon LED lights are fully dimmable and flicker free. You can dim the lights with Rimikon Decora style wall mounted low voltage dimmer or the Rimikon IP Controller with the free Rimikon app for Android or Apple IOS device using WIFI or network.

12) Can Rimikon LEDs be used in outside installations?

Yes. LED lights are excellent options for outdoor residential or commercial spaces. View our Products by Application pages for more information about the right product for your needs.

13) Do LED lights produce a lot of heat?

No. In fact, even after 25 hours of continuous use, our LED light will barely emit any heat. It may feel a little warm to the touch, but it will not burn. Burns and accidents caused by heated bulbs are avoidable with LED technology. Moreover, less wasted heat from the light source means significant savings on your air conditioning bill.

14) What are lumens?

A lumen is a unit of measurement that indicates the brightness of a light fixture. The more lumens a light has, the brighter it is. When purchasing an LED light, be sure to consider lumens (i.e. light generated), not watts (power). The reason is that modern technologies such as Rimikon’s extra low voltage LEDs only need a fraction of power (watts) compared to standard LEDs to produce the same amount of brightness.

Keep in mind that work spaces such as kitchens and workshops will likely need LED lights that can give off more lumens than lights in a dining room or bedroom. Of course, Rimikon’s LED lights are fully dimmable, allowing you full control of the brightness of the room at all times.

15) What do 'cool white' and 'warm white' mean, and what is CCT?

Cool White and Warm White are general terms to describe the glow of a light and where that glow fits on a spectrum. When it comes to light, a full spectrum is like a rainbow. Blue is the cooler color (like UV) and red is the warmer color (like infra-red). Pure white light contains all the wavelengths of the visible spectrum at equal intensity. Variations of white may be cooler or warmer.

For a more precise indication of how warm or cool the light temperature is, consult the Color Correlated Temperature (CCT), which is included in the description of each of our white LED bulbs.

16) What color temperatures are best for residential and commercial areas?

The answer depends on your needs. As a general guideline, we recommend the following:

Residential: 2800 – 3000K

Commercial: 3000 – 5000K

17a) How easy are Rimikon lights to install on DC?

Our DC models are safe to install yourself (the wiring is extra low voltage and less expensive than standard wiring).

17b) How easy are Rimikon lights to install on AC?

If you are wired for AC, you can easily install our AC LED panels without making any modifications, which means you can start saving energy and reducing costs right away.

 

18) Do Rimikon LED lights turn on immediately, or do they need to 'warm up' like carbon fluorescent lights (CFLs)?

Our LED lights are instant on and instant off.  No time is wasted warming up. And unlike CFLs, constantly switching them on and off will not shorten the life span of your LEDs.

19) What makes Rimikon products 'green'?

Rimikon LEDs are manufactured using a greener, cleaner, and more environmentally friendly technology.

  • Our LED products contain no mercury or other toxic chemicals that could eventually end up in landfills.
  • Our LED products comply with the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) directive.
  • Unlike CFLs, Rimikon LED lights are 100% recyclable.
  • Our LEDs are IC (insulation contact) rated and present no shock or burn hazards.
  • Our AC model offers a significantly reduced exposure to electromagnetic field (EMF) pollution while the DC model produces no EMF pollution
  • WHY? Because our power supply is installed in a remote location.
20) What is DLC (or DLC listed)?

The Design Lights Consortium® (DLC) helps consumers determine which commercial LED lighting products comply with a minimum set of performance standards. An accredited laboratory conducts tests on lights in the following critical areas: distribution, color and longevity/stress. Test results from the lab are sent directly to the manufacturer. Although DLC is a voluntary certification initiative, many large commercial customers will not purchase a light that is not DLC listed. In addition, many incentives offered by local distribution companies require lights to be DLC listed. Rimikon’s panel lights, used in many commercial applications, are DLC listed.

21) What are Rimikon's quality control procedures?

Over the past decade, we have had our products assembled at the same 22,000 square-foot plant in Shanghai, China, where strict quality control procedures are in place. As an added measure, representatives of UL conduct quality control inspections during every quarter. Once products arrive at our warehouse in Canada, further inspections are conducted to ensure products are in the same condition they were before shipping.

 

22) Can I install a 4-way switch?

The quality of our products is backed by multiple certifications. Rimikon was the first company in North America to achieve Class 2 UL and cUL certification of extra low voltage LED lights. To achieve Class 2 certification, the product must be a low power source that is safe enough to be self-installed.

In a Class 2 installation, only single pole and 3-way switches are permitted.

23) Can I wire to a dimmer first and then to a 3-way switch? What about a 4-way switch?

Yes, you can wire the dimmer first and then wire to a 3-way switch. You cannot wire to a 4-way switch.

24) How can I retrofit an existing fixture?

To retrofit an existing fixture, you need to find the existing recessed light, disconnect it from the wall switch, and install a receptacle in the ceiling. You can then install a Rimikon power supply and use the existing wire for low voltage installation. (Please contact us for more information.)

25) How far can I run wire from a transformer to a dimmer and to the last fixture? Can I use 14/2, 16/2, and 18/2 wire?

You can only use 14/2 (14 AWG, 2 conductor) wire.

The maximum total length is 150 feet for the directional lights, RIM-GPL15ww and RIM-GPL15w. The maximum total length is 200 feet for 7.5 volt recessed lights, RIM-209ww and RIM-209w.

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