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These lights usually have a 50W halogen bulb. Because halogen downlights don’t carry too many watts, they need to be installed in a big number to get the desired lighting effect, which is why they carry a reputation of consuming quite a lot of electricity. If you are looking for an energy-efficient lighting solution, LED downlights are the answer.
At TIMETOSAVE, we offer two types of LED downlights:
- Eco Light Up (10W): In three color variants: warm white & cool white (3000k, 4000k, 5000k)
- Emerald Planet (14W)
These can be used with existing ballast to ensure compatibility. The new LED downlights will make your space look bright and dazzling.
Why LED Downlights?
- The popularity of energy-efficient LED lighting products is on the rise. This is because they consume less energy compared to halogen downlights, reduce risks of fire and have a longer lifespan.
- Talking about energy efficiency, a 50W halogen downlight is replaced with 10W LED downlight.
- If you are bothered about the look, LED downlights are designed to look prettier and tidier than old halogen downlights, offering unlimited options in which lights can be added to a home environment.
- Victoria government is offering Victorian homeowners an opportunity to replace halogen downlights with LED downlights for free. The upgrade is done under the Victorian Energy Upgrades (formerly known as VEET) scheme.
- All you have to do is call an expert LED installer who provides LED light bulb replacement service under the VEET scheme and book an appointment. Rest assured!
- However, it is important for residents to be aware of the light replacement scheme, eligibility criteria, upgrade process, LED products that can be replaced for free, guidance on how to choose right products for different areas of the house and best practices to help make the switch to LED lighting a success.
Halogen Downlights Vs. LED Downlights
The cost of running a bulb is calculated by the number of watts it consumes to run it continuously for an hour. LED bulbs consume 7-20 watts per hour, whereas Halogen bulbs may use from 35-200 watts per hour for emitting the same amount of light. This means Halogen downlights can consume 9 times higher energy than LED downlights. This is why switching to LED downlights can offer you huge energy savings per year.
- 1 Halogen Downlight (55W): Estimated annual energy cost = $35
- 1 LED Downlight (10W): Estimated annual energy cost = $6
- Annual savings (LED vs Halogen Downlight) = $29 or 82%
Halogen lights have a lifespan of about 1000-2000 hours whereas LED lights last up to 50,000 hours. The initial cost of LED lights is 4-5 times that of halogen lights, considering longevity and energy savings, LEDs are a very cost-effective option in the long run.
With TIMETOSAVE, you don’t have to pay for anything – neither LED downlight replacement nor decommissioning of old lights. We offer a completely free LED downlight upgrade for Victorian households under the VEET scheme.
Downlights are mainly used in living areas, bedrooms and kitchens. Light they offer is spot on. Old, halogen lights create light by producing heat, adding an extra degree to the temperature of the kitchen. Sometimes, heat emission from these lights is responsible for household fire hazards.
LED downlights create bright light without producing heat because they don’t contain any filament that will burn out. The movement of electrons in semiconductor material is responsible for the light produced in LEDs.
Plus, LED downlights produce light in one direction, making them perfect for task lighting or reading.
Benefits of LED Downlights
- Reduced energy costs
- Reduced fire hazards
- Low/no maintenance cost
- Better light distribution
Upgrading Halogen Downlights to LED Downlights: A Checklist
- Eligibility for a free upgrade under the VEET scheme: The VEU (formerly known as VEET) scheme is only available for Victorian households.
- The type of lights you want to replace: Free upgrade from halogen downlights to LED downlights only applies to ceiling downlights.
- Only one free upgrade: The free upgrade happens only once for each household under the VEU scheme.
- Get the upgrade done only by Accredited Person (AP) or its representative: Choose a person or its representative accredited under the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) by Essential Services Commission (ESC).
FAQs About LED Downlights
Q: What are downlights?
Q: Why do I need downlights?
Q: What are the different types of downlights?
Most downlights are round and they come in a variety of colours. The colour variation gives you the ability to adjust the downlight with your home decor or warehouse lighting conditions. Nonetheless, there are different types that you can choose from. The difference is primarily associated with the type of light bulb you use. Earlier, the most popular type of bulb was halogen, but recently, the use of LED bulbs has become widespread because they are the most energy-efficient lighting option.
Here are different types of downlights:
- Halogen, CFLs and LED downlights
- Recessed or flush downlights
- IP rated or non-IP rated downlights
- Fire-rated or non-fire rated downlights
- Rotating/tilting or fixed downlights
- The narrow, medium or wide beam width downlights
Usage depends on the purpose of the light source; it may be to highlight a piece of art on a wall or to lit up the dining table. There are many uses for a downlight and it is just about buying the right type with the correct specification matching your requirements.
Q: What is the difference between a downlight and a spotlight?
Q: What do I need to consider when buying downlights?
Q: Where is the best place to position a downlight?
Q: How do I install a downlight?
Q: Can LED downlights be dimmed?
Q: Can I use a dimmable LED downlight with a non-dimmable light switch?
Q: Does installing dimmable LED downlight with non-dimmable light switch cause any issues?
Q: What about installing non-dimmable LED downlights with a dimming switch?
Q: How to check if the existing dimmer is compatible with LED downlights?
Some of the issues that may occur when a dimmer is incompatible with an LED lamp are:
• Drop-out – no light output at minimum notch of the dimmer
• Stone dead – when the dimmer is adjusted there is no corresponding change in light output
• Not linear – light output may not go from dim to bright asynchronously
• Damage or failure – LED driver, circuit or LED bulb get damaged or fails
Q: Why install LED downlights?
• Energy efficiency
• Better illumination
• Colour temperature
• Aesthetic appeal
• CostAfter weighing in the following factors, we have concluded that currently, LED downlights are the best choice for both interior and lighting.Brightness
The brightness of an LED light bulb is measured in lumens as opposed to the wattage rating of incandescent or fluorescent light. LED lights produce the highest lumen number for a given wattage. This basically means that you can illuminate your house or office with the same amount of brightness while consuming the least number of energy units. A dimmable LED downlight gives you control over the brightness which in turn augments energy efficiency level. Smart LED downlights take energy-efficiency to another level. You don’t need to control the brightness manually; you can voice control or program it to increase or decrease the lumen level to match a specific lighting requirement.Longevity
LED downlights last nearly ten times longer than a CFL which is currently the second most economical option we have and nearly fifty times longer than an incandescent or halogen bulb.
High energy efficiency and longest lifespan ensure that you don’t have to buy lights frequently, lowest maintenance cost, and that less money is spent for the same amount of lumens.
LEDs in the roof give your workplace or home a more sleek and elegant appearance. Because the area is immersed in ambient light, the overall atmosphere is greatly improved.
LED lights can have either aluminium or plastic frames and heatsinks. Aluminium is obviously the most expensive option, but worth the price. Heatsinks help to dissipate the excess heat produced during use. Aluminium makes the overall equipment much more long-lasting and efficient.
The frame for the LED downlights can be either fixed or adjustable, round or square. Fixed downlights are cheaper and radiate a general ambiance that isn’t focused on any particular area. Adjustable frames can be used if you want to direct the light in a particular direction.
LED downlights come in a very wide range of colours. You should choose the light of a certain colour temperature based on the functionality of the room/space. Warm white light is considered good for relaxing, whereas cool white is considered good for reading/working.
Colour temperature indicates whether your light source will emit rather “warm” or “cold” light. The lower the number, the “warmer” the colour. 2700K can be described as warm white and 5000K may be considered cool white.
Colour temperature is measured in Kelvin (K). LEDs can produce white light in a number of “shades” or “colour temperatures”– from warm-white (2700 to 3,300 K) or cool-white (3,00-5,300 K) to cool daylight (5,300 to 6,500 K). The lower the number, the warmer the light appears.
You can opt either for a wide-angle beam, which spreads the light around at an angle of greater than sixty degrees. This creates an atmosphere where the light is evenly spread out all across space. Or you can opt for a narrow beam angle where the light is more focused, for example in the case of a spotlight.
Q: Are LED downlights safer than halogen downlights?
House fires have been attributed to halogen downlights because halogen lights and their transformers produce a lot of heat, which can ignite substances like paper, dust and insulation batts, especially in case of bad fittings. LED lights produce 80% less heat than halogen bulbs, so they never get hot enough to burn your fingers or ignite any materials that might come into contact with them.
One of the reasons to upgrade to LED downlights is to eliminate the risk of fire. Various governments and regulatory and safety organizations throughout Australia have issued warnings about the use of halogen downlights due to the very high operating temperatures (up to 250°C), which can cause fire. Other sources cite an operating temperature of 370°C – 500°C, which is the temperature close to the point where some timbers can instantly ignite.
Q: Are LED downlights better than halogen downlights?
LEDs downlights offer a strong, focused light to rival that of a halogen or a softer, more diffused light. Some of the other advantages of LED downlights include:
• High energy efficiency
• Longest lasting: An LED light bulb lasts for up to 50,000 hours. The most you can expect from halogen or CFL bulbs is 5,000 hours. Incandescent bulbs last only about 1,000 hours.
• Reduced energy costs
• Reduced fire hazard
• Low to no maintenance cost and time
• Better for the environment
Q: Which LED downlights are the best?
With a range of options available, it can be confusing to determine which light is right. You need to look for the following parameters before buying new LED downlights:
Energy-saving lighting is about reducing the wattage used in a light fitting while maintaining a similar light output. For example, a standard halogen downlight uses 55 Watts, but you can replace it with LED alternatives ranging from 4.5 Watts to 14 Watts.
Lumen is the standard unit for measuring the amount of light produced by a light source. It is equal to the amount of light hitting 1 square foot surface one foot away from the light. Essentially, the higher the lumens, the brighter the light.
Lumens per watt
This truly shows the efficiency of the LED product. For example, a 200lm product consuming 3 watts of electricity = 66 lumens per watt. Lumens per watt vary from product to product depending on the LED chip used, how hard the product is being run, and the construction of the fitting and how effective the heat sink is at minimizing the heat emission.
The beam angle is something you need to pay attention to when choosing the right LED lighting for space. This is as important as the Lumens. Beam angle indicates the spread of light from the light source. A narrow beam gives a concentrated light which is better for accent lighting. A wide beam gives a more general, softer light.
Warm white and cool white
The colour temperature of a product is a linear scale of measuring the colour of light. Measured in degrees, Kelvin, warm light is measured in lower numbers and cool white in higher numbers. It is down to personal preference whether you choose warm white or cool white.
Cool white is ideal for areas like kitchen and laundry and areas that have a warmer climate as the lighting will help the area feel cooler. Warm white helps to create a warm ambiance suitable for bedrooms and living rooms, as these colour temperatures create a more relaxing and comfortable environment. All you need is to stick to one colour throughout the area, otherwise, different colour tones can be distracting to your eye.
Q: Do LED downlights come with a transformer?
MR16 downlights work with transformer (external) before and after LED upgrade. If you want to replace them with LED MR16s, the installer will only replace the bulb as the existing transformer will work perfectly fine with the freshly installed LED downlight.
On the other hand, GU10 downlights don’t work with a transformer. So in case of an LED upgrade, the installer will simply replace the halogen GU10 with LED GU10.
Q: Can LED downlights be covered with insulation?
LED lights run at much lower temperatures than halogen/CFL lamps, which are still widely used in Australian homes and businesses. However, even the small amount of heat LED lights generated must be carefully considered while installing the downlights.
To address this issue, IC-ratings are applied to LED lights to ensure that the light fits correctly to the environment.
IC-rated light can be used without the possibility of overheating in a ceiling that is insulated. Usually, the recessed IC lights are rated at 75 watts. The IC output lights are usually powered at up to 100 watts. The IC rating will help reduce the risk of a fire as long as the wattage limit of 100 watts is met.
Importance of IC rated recessed light
Here is why IC-rated downlights should be your buying choice:
1. Safety- That’s the biggest reason. The IC-rating ensures that fire threats are not likely to occur.
2. Save money – You eliminate unnecessary repair costs with IC-rated enclosed lighting. IC-rated downlights (that are IP65 rated) reduce moisture condensation, which is a common cause of many electrical problems.
3. Efficiency – Because the fixtures are insulated, the IC-rated recessed lights save more energy due to no heat loss through the fixtures. Moreover, they minimize the problem of flickering, a problem associated with overheating bulbs.
Q: Is halogen downlight replacement free under the VEU program?
Q: What are the best LED downlights?
Q: Can I replace halogen downlights with LED downlights?
Replacing GU10 halogen downlights is pretty straightforward. Halogen GU10 downlights are direct swappable with LED GU10 downlights. You don’t need to worry about the transformer’s load ratings in this case. We can replace 35-40W downlights with 5/6/7W downlights.
Q: How energy efficient LED downlights are? Are they better than halogens downlights?
Q: Are LED downlights fire rated?
Q: Are LED downlights safe?
Q: Do LED downlights get hot?
LED bulbs have many components inside the housing to convert high voltage electricity into a lower voltage required by the LED chips. As a result, they are much more sensitive to heat than incandescent or halogen bulbs.
Q: What are fire rated LED downlights?
In the event of a fire, the downlight hole is like a doorway through which the fire spreads. When the fire spreads, the adjacent frame, usually made of wooden ceiling glasses, gets heated up. Fire rated downlight case is made of materials that prevent heat from spreading easily.