Astrum Lighting Relocation

We would like to thank all our valued customers for all the support over the years. Our lease at 35B Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay is up and we decided to do away with a showroom, concentrating on what we do best: providing quality lighting consultancy services and project work. We found that attending to the showroom distracted us from doing …

Stuff up plates

Commonly called “stuff up plates” were initially used to hide “stuff ups” such as recessed downlight holes cut too large. We’ve all heard anecdotes of 1st year apprentice being left on site to cut holes for recessed downlights, which he did diligently and efficiently, making all the cutouts by the time the electrician was back. To the electrician’s surprise the …

Architectural pendant light Dimaro in our showroom

Here we have a brand new architectural pendant light Dimaro from Lightmakers Ltd installed in our Auckland showroom at Astrum Lighting. Quick rundown: 5 CNC machined arms pointing most of the light down below and some light up onto the ceiling. Round base for mounting accommodates the Constant Current LED driver Single wire suspension Good quality matt black textured powder …

LED strips between battens

LED strips installed in extrusions wedged between evenly spaced timber battens. This job requires surface mount (without a flange) LED strip light extrusions with diffusers. The extrusions are seemingly randomly wedged in between evenly spaced timber battens to achieve the desired effect. The LED strip lights are not just functional and out of sights as they usually are but an integral …

LED lights recessed into stair risers

LED strip lights set into stair risers.

Recently completed project envolved lighting up a staircase with LED striplights. In addition to using overhead lights such as hanging pendant light or recessed downlights, our client wanted the stairs to illuminate themselves. We specified and supplied LED strip lighting plus all components to complete the installation. This project envolved: 16 metres (with some offcuts) of LED 3528 9.6 watt …

Constant Current LED Driver OR Constant Voltage LED Driver? Series or Parallel?

So you have a job of installing some LED lights and you’re confused whether you’re meant to wire them in series or parallel.  First things first, let’s determine whether the LED lights that you’re about to install require Constant Current or Constant Voltage power supply (LED Driver, using the correct terms). Secondly, let’s see if you have the right LED …

LED Striplighting in kitchen

LED strip lights: Overview

LED strip lighting is popular with kitchen designers, cabinet makers, interior designers and anyone looking to add functional lighting to their space world-wide. In this post, we aim to provide an overview of LED strip lighting, what it is and how it all works together. Four parts make up an LED strip lighting system: LED Ribbon LED Driver Channel Switching …