LED Downlight Installation Sutherland Shire
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Halogen Downlights vs LED Downlights - What to Choose For an LED Downlight Installation
What is the difference between Halogen & LED Downlights?
Halogen downlights are now obsolete and were a popular light choice during the 90’s as a small circular recessed light. Similar to Halogen, LED down lights are a small recessed energy efficient ceiling light that direct light down in the form of a narrow beam. LED downlights contain a microchip to emit the light, a transformer to step down the voltage from 240v to 24/12v, and a 10amp plug-top to insert into a plug-base. An LED downlight installation is a great way to light up mirrors in the bedroom or bathrooms, provide brighter lighting in the kitchen, under cabinetry to light up the bench-top and in the ceiling in any room. It is recommended to install down lights on separate switches. Common places to install downlights include the living room, to illuminate artwork and pictures as a feature, or over an armchair where reading takes place.
Disadvantages of Halogen Downlights
Halogen lights are expensive to run, dangerous if not installed correctly, and have high maintenance costs. The most common misconception with low voltage halogen downlights is that they use less energy, however most halogen downlights that are used in homes are 50 watts. The watt is a measurement of power, and it is the same whether the lamp runs at 12 volts or 240volts. To give you some idea, the average lounge room needs approximately 6 halogen downlights to illuminate it, this translates to 300 watts! The average bedroom 4 halogens, this translates to 200 watts! Add up the bedrooms, and living areas in your home and this could translate to a lighting power consumption of approximately 2400 watts for the average 4 bedroom home. Inappropriately installed halogen downlights are one of the main causes of house fires in Australia. They run at roughly 300 degrees celcius, and if they are not adequately ventilated, and protected from coming in contact with combustible materials they can easily start a fire. All halogen downlights should be fitted with a heat guard, and should be clear of insulation and building materials.
LED Downlight Installation Advantages
The new range of energy saving LED downlights (which are designed to fit into the cavity of the old halogens) on the other hand have none of these drawbacks. They use 25% of the power, have no safety issues with regards to radiant heat, the lamps last up to 4 times as long, and there is no associated control gear to maintain or replace.
With LED downlight installation you gain lights that are more energy efficient than your hot halogen globes. After your LED downlight installation you can expect them to have a lifespan of 30,000 to 50,000 hours compared to your dangerous halogen downlights of 1000 hours. A staggering 80% energy savings can be made when replacing your halogen globes and carrying out a full LED downright installation.
Save On Maintenance Costs
A common problem with halogen downlights is the constant changing of globes. One of the qualities of the energy efficient downlight is they have a longer life, up to 10 years or more lighting hours. Less continual replacement of halogen globes means two things, lower costs in terms of being charged labour to replace the globe and the cost for replacement parts.
Reduced Fire Risk
The heat produced by the halogen globe can reach up to 200c making it to Hot to touch. When switching a halogen globe on, it instantly produces only 20% of light with the other 80% turning to heat. If anything above the ceiling was to come into contact with the 80% of wasteful heat, especially cabling, could result in a fire. A way of preventing this to happen is through an LED downlight installation.
L.E.D downlights do not contain any mercury or any other harmful gases and do not emit any damaging UV rays. The compact fluorescent lamp [CFL] contains the deadly gas mercury and when deposited into rubbish waste facilities and not handled with care, this lamp could discharge into the ground causing the mercury to contaminate our waterways, effecting our water supply and horticulture. Installing L.E.D downlights would eliminate this dangerous scenario from happening.
When most people are thinking of changing their globes, cost is the biggest factor in making their decision. Buying one L.E.D globe will last you 10 years compared to buying a dozen that keep burning out over the same period of time. So in the long run spending the bigger money today for LED downlight installation will have substantial savings in the future and that does not include the running costs of electricity for the halogen globe.
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Colour Temperature – Selecting the right colour temperature is a personal choice as will help set the ambience of the room. Colour temperature is how the light looks coming from the downlight and is measured in degrees, kelvin. Most L.E.D downlights come in tri-colour and have 3 selector switches to choose from to see what colour suits your needs, warm white, cool white and natural white.
• Warm white – 3000k
• Cool white – 4000k
• Natural white – 5000k
Lumen & Wattage – The higher the lumens the brighter the light while your wattage only measures the amount of energy used to produce the light. A standard 9 watt down-light will produce 7 – 9 hundred lumens depending on the light colour. When replacing halogen or incandescent bulbs to L.E.D always compare the lumens and not the wattage. If replacing a 50 watt halogen globe, an L.E.D downlight of 9 – 12 watts that produces about 800 lumens will be a sufficient amount of illumination to replace that halogen globe.
Beam Angle – A beam angle measures on how your light is distributed and the wider the angle the more spread out the light will be. Incandescent bulbs would usually have a beam angle of 360 degrees with your standard downlight having a narrow beam of near the 40 degree range. Choosing the right beam angle for your room can make a big difference in light distribution but unfortunately this option is often limited to just a few L.E.D downlight brands.
IC & IP Rating – IC and IP rating are two completely different used terms, IP means the protection against solids and liquids and IC meaning insulation contact and whether downlights can come into contact with flammable materials or not. So when a downlight is tagged with an IC rated sticker, yes you can safely allow insulation to come into contact with your downlight. Most downlights have an IP ratting of 44, commonly used in wet areas such as bathrooms and underneath.
Location – LED downlights should be spaced 1.3 square meters apart which will provide high levels of lighting dependant on your ceiling height. Downlights can be positioned to provide light on a specific spot within a room or a number of downlights can be integrated to light up an entire area. Also worth noting, installing downlights to close to a wall will create shadows that can end up making a room look smaller than it already is.
How Do Dimmers work?
Always check when buying downlights that your transformer is dimmable, your transformer is an electronic device and has to be designed to work with a dimmer switch. Using a dimmer switch with a non dimmable transformer will cause lighting to flicker and switch off while being dimmed. Sticking with the same brand of dimmer and downlights is a good way of making sure lights don’t flicker and cause problems in the long run.
SAL downlights are also dimmable – we pair SAL downlights with Clipsal Dimmers which are flicker free.
What Products do we use for our LED Downlight Installation ?
We use SAL (Sunny Lighting Australia) LED Down lights – SAL are a well known and trusted Australian brand & are renowned for making high quality brand name Down lights. SAL Down lights are Tricolour, meaning you have the choice of selecting the colour temperature via a switch and includes a 3000k warm white, 4000k day light or 5000k cool white setting, so that they are sure to match any household. SAL warrant their down lights for 5 years in a Residential capacity and to date we have not experienced a single failure, in comparison to the cheaper overseas variants. You can read more on their products by Clicking Here. SAL downlights are also dimmable – we pair SAL downlights with Clipsal Dimmers which are flicker free.
We provide LED Downlight service to all areas across all the Sutherland Shire including Alfords Point, Bangor, Barden Ridge, Bonnet Bay, Burraneer, Caringbah South, Caringbah, Como, Cronulla, Dolans Bay, Engadine, Grays Point, Green Hills Beach, Gymea, Gymea Bay, Illawong, Jannali, Kangaroo Point, Kareela, Kirrawee, Kurnell, Lilli Pilli, Loftus, Menai, Miranda, Oyster Bay, Port Hacking, Sutherland, Sylvania, Taren Point, Wooloware, Woranora, Woranora Heights, Yowie Bay. Contact us today for an ASP Level 2 Electrician.
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Frequently Asked Lighting Electrician Questions
Can i replace my halogen downlights with LED?
Yes, LED downlights are made to be the same size as halogen downlights and are a direct replacement. You are able to directly replace a halogen downlight with a new LED downlight.
What is an LED Downlight?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. LED lights are the latest in lighting options which provide bright and low power lighting.
Can i supply my own downlights for you to install?
Yes, we can install customer supplied downlights. We can also supply downlights stocked from SAL lighting Australia.
Do you offer FREE quotes for Downligh Replacement & Installation?
Yes, we provide free quotes and NO call out fee for downlight replacement electrician services to the Sutherland Shire.
My halogen downlight does not work, does it need to be replaced?
Most of the time your laogen downlight will not work due to a blown light globe. However if your LED light is not working, it may have to be replaced. Most LED lights are not repairable and require an electrician to replace.
Can you change my downlight globe?
Changing a light bulb does not require an electrician and can be done by the home owner. However if you are having issues replacing your downlight, we can assist with a halogen upgrade to led downlight.
Why is my light making a buzzing noise?
LIghts can make a buzzing noise if they have a loose connection or are faulty
Do you offer an Emergency Lighting Electrician Service?
Yes, we are 24hr Emergency lighting electricians. If you are experiencing any issues please call us 24/7 on 0423 562 257.
Are you a real estate & strata lighting electrician?
Yes, we are an approved real estate and strata electrician for any lighting repairs and replacements.
Why cant i turn my light off?
If a light will not turn off, you may have a faulty light switch which may need to be replaced.
Fully Licensed & Insured Emergency Electrician
True Local Electricians provide rapid emergency electrician services to residential and commercial electrical services throughout The Sutherland Shire. We’ve been the reliable electrician for home and business owners in Sydney for more than 15 years. This has allowed us to foster a strong reputation for quality, affordability and fantastic customer service. Electrical problems seem to always occur at times where you least expect them to. They can immediately impact bottom line or a seemingly smooth flowing weekend. Rest assured that just in case trouble occurs, we are always a phone call away as we have fully stocked vans in The Sutherland Shire.
Our team are fully qualified electrician with extensive industry experience. We always provide a rapid response and we offer every single electrical service. This varies from re-wiring, switchboard upgrades, power point installation, fault diagnosis, routine maintenance, LED lighting and Level 2 electrician services. If you are business experiencing electrical problems, leave it completely to our Sutherland Shire emergency electricians. We guarantee to have you back up and running in no time whatsoever. For instance, faulty wiring and repeated electrical failures indicate a significant issue. Don’t risk your safety or your family’s safety – call a local emergency electrician now.
Do you offer Outdoor Lighting Installation Services?
We have installed hundreds of outdoor lighting in the Sutherland Shire. The amount of people installing outdoor domestic lighting has increased dramatically in the last ten years.here are two main reasons to have outdoor lighting. One, it can improve the look and feel of your garden. Landscape lighting will ensure your outdoor living space can be used long after dark. Two, it provides out door security lighting which aids in decreasing the chance of burglary or crime at it acts as a deterrent. Thinking of Selling? Or do you simply want to make your garden feel more welcoming at night? Outdoor garden lighting is an easy way to improve the enjoyment and value of your home. LED Garden lights improve the aesthetics of your outdoor space, and outdoor lighting also improves safety and security at night