Do You Need An Electrician To
Upgrade Your Downlights To LED Lights?
There are many good reasons to upgrade your halogen downlights to LED lights. We’ve previously written about the advantages of updating to LED lights, most of which applies to downlights also. Only more so.
Downlights stand out as being specially important to upgrade. For these reasons:
LED Downlights, The Savings Add Up
Standard halogen downlights use about 50 watts of electricity each. You’ve probably got more than one. Let’s say you’ve got 6 downlights in your room. That’s 300 watts! Swap those for LED downlights and you can reduce your consumption down to about 33 watts. That’s going to equate to real and noticeable savings on your energy bills.
The main reason halogens use so much electricity is because they’re pushing out a lot of energy in the form of heat. They run hot. As a result they’re the one of the major causes of house fires in Australia.
LEDs run cool and have much lower electricity consumption. They also have a longer lifespan, lasting up to four times longer than halogens. The LEDs we install come with a 7 year manufacturer’s warranty. We’re yet to have a single failure or callback with these LED lights.
Unsure About How To Upgrade Your LED Downlights?
Book an electrician to ensure a safe upgrade to efficient and long-lasting LED downlights.
Upgrade your LED downlights today and save. Our fully licensed and insured electricians come to your home or business, install the LEDS, for just $45 each. To get this special discount you must get at least 3 LED lights supplied and installed by South East Electrical. Total cost is $135. This saves you $45 over the normal of of upgrading 3 LED downlights. The more you install the more you save. We’re a Gold Coast company servicing Gold Coast and Brisbane. Call us today on the number today and we’ll attend promptly. We know you’ll be happy with our service. Our aim is to make South East Electrical your number one electrician.
Options For Replacing Halogen Downlights
Depending on what type of halogen downlights you have, you might be able to do a simple one-for-one swap. May LED GU10 globes will fit into your existing downlight sockets.
For instance, the image below is from Lighting Superstore. It shows a range of GU10 LED globes they sell.
With a bit of a push and twist, the globes above will fit into your existing halogen light sockets.
Things You Need To Consider When Installing LED Downlights
You might also require an LED driver. Check whether you have main voltage downlights and whether your LED lights require a driver. If you need a driver, this job must be performed by an electrician. LED drivers convert the mains power from 240V AC down to 12V or 24v DC. These are common voltages for many LED applications, including LED strip lighting and downlighting.
Your existing halogen downlights may already be running through a 12V driver. These were popular options for powering downlights during the 90s. LED lights designed for 240V DC will not be compatible with 12V halogen light sockets. The lights in the image of GU10 lights shown above are all 240V lights. These would not work as plug and play replacements for a system currently using 12V halogens.
If you are in any doubt about either of these points, please consult an electrician.