Halogen downlights originally hit the shelves around 20 years ago and instantly became a massive hit. They replaced older style surface mount light fittings. They provided sleek, low profile lighting with even coverage throughout the room and when installed correctly, provided the house with a modern, designer feel. Unfortunately with all the benefits they provided, there were numerous downsides to the design and function of the trusty old halogen downlight.
Halogen downlights commonly used a 50w bulb per downlight and a typical house often had upwards of 30 or 40 downlights which can equate to over 2000w of power – the equivalent of running your oven at full blast!) Now that’s a lot of electricity and as the cost of electricity began to rise over the past decade, the lighting began to have a significant impact on the electricity bill (especially if you have forgetful kids and/or partners!).
A house with 40 halogen downlights, being used for 4 hours per day at $0.28 per KwH will cost $1022.00 per year (not including the cost of bulbs, transformers, lampholders and electricians!). In comparison, a change to 10w LED downlights will see that $1022.00 reduced to just $204.40. That’s a HUGE saving of $817.60 per annum. Not only is that a huge saving on the electricity bill, most LED downlights have a warranty of 3-7 years (depending on brand) and a life expectancy of much longer (think 10-20 years). This means you won’t change a bulb, transformer or lamp holder for at least 3 years but more realistically 10+ years.
Fire Risk and Safety
Another important factor to consider is safety. Halogen downlights operate at between 300-500 degrees celsius which can have a significant impact on the heating/cooling of a home (particularly in our increasingly hot summers). In addition to this, having 30-40 uncovered downlights operating at over 300 degrees can become a serious fire risk, an issue brought to light during the governments 2008/2009 insulation scheme where insulation was being placed directly over downlights and causing numerous house fires. Personally, I have lost count of how many times I have pulled down a downlight only to find charred insulation, timber supports or burnt cabling. In fact, it has been estimated that halogen downlights account for 1 in 5 roof fires!
An LED upgrade in your home or business is a surefire way to help reduce electricity bills and make your home safer. We have an extensive knowledge of LED downlights and carry a huge range in all of our service vehicles allowing us to upgrade your downlights at a moments notice. Don’t hesitate to contact us regarding any issues for your lighting Northern Beaches and North Shore .
The halogen down lights were very popular on the North Shore and Northern Beaches over the past 15 years and now it’s time to move with the trend and upgrade to LED’s to make your home, brighter, safer and more efficient.
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What are the benefits of LED Lights?
An LED upgrade in your home or business is a surefire way to help reduce electricity bills and make your home safer. The team at Plateau have extensive knowledge of LED downlights and carry a huge range in all of our service vehicles, allowing us to upgrade your downlights at a moments notice.
Are halogen downlights safe?
Halogen downlights operate between 300-500 degrees celsius which can have a significant impact on the heating/cooling of a home. 30-40 uncovered downlights operating at over 300 degrees can become a serious fire risk in addition to being better for the environment with reduced CO2 emissions. An LED upgrade in your will make your home safer against the danger of fire.
How much does it cost to replace halogen downlights with LED lights?
Plateau Electrical provides quality electrical services and are committed to providing clients with excellent workmanship that comes bundled with a lifetime guarantee. The replacement of halogen downlights for LED lights starts from as little as $20 per downlight – however, the final price will vary according to how many downlights require replacement in totality. Please contact the licensed team of electricians to get a free quote on you LED downlight installation.
Why makes LED lights more efficient?
LED lights are more efficient than their predecessors because they produce the same amount of light using much less energy. Their generation of heat during this process practically remains at zero, which also subsequently helps when it comes to saving energy. LEDs last longer, typically four times more than fluorescent and twenty five times more longevity than incandescent lights. This means you will reap the benefits of the savings on your energy in addition to reduced maintenance costs over time.
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For LED downlight installation services backed by top-notch customer support, get in touch with the team at Plateau Electrical for help with everything from basic electrical work all the way through to time-critical emergencies. Contact us today on 02 9982 8668 for a fast, transparent quote.
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