Why Upgrading Your Halogen Downlights with LED Globes Isn’t Enough

June 9, 2020

Thinking of making the switch from halogens to LED, but not sure how to go about it? We’ve got your back.

Already switched from halogen lights to LED globes? Fantastic! However, are you sure you’ve done it the right way?

With new offerings and cheaper solutions surrounding lighting, many of us have taken to quick fixes. Unfortunately, the quick fix isn’t always the best one. So what is?

That’s precisely what we’re going to look into. But first, if you haven’t already, let’s take a look at why LED is the smarter option.

LED vs Halogen Lights

You may have heard that LED is just better for the environment. Well, it is, but it’s also better for you. Here’s a quick overview of just a few benefits LED has over halogens.

  • Lower rates of energy consumption
  • A much longer lifespan than its halogen counterpart
  • Built for instantaneous lighting
  • LED globes are less fragile, and not as easy to break
  • More variety in colours and temperatures
  • Free from mercury, UV radiations, and other harmful emissions
  • Less expensive in the long run

With all that in mind, to be able to get the best of your LED globes you need to follow the right replacement process.

Here’s why and how you can do that.

Maximizing the Benefits of Your New LED Downlights

Simply installing your LED bulb into an old downlight is not enough. There are other things that come into play.

Why the Transformer Matters

Consider this – was your old halogen transformer originally built for an LED lighting fixture? The answer is likely no, and that’s where your problem lies.

Each light has their own specified maximum loads and specifications and this also applies to halogen globes/downlights. Failing to take this into consideration when upgrading your downlights with LED globes only minimizes the use you will get out of your new lights. One of the most significant issues is that LED globes require a lower amount of power to run. Traditional (halogen) globes require a much higher amount of power. By installing only LED bulbs your lights will most likely burn out within a period of six to eight months due to having the wrong transformer.

Most people simply switch from one bulb to the other, without paying much attention to the actual fitting. However, if you want to get the most out of your downlight upgrade, getting a new LED downlight rather than just switching the globe, it is absolutely essential.

Your System Is Pre-Designed for Halogen Bulbs

Secondly, since your entire system caters to halogen bulbs, it is likely that your new LED globes are not compatible with your dimmer. As a consequence, you’re not getting the full range of benefits you should be getting.

The solution is quite simple. Instead of changing ONLY the bulb or the source of light, you have to make sure you change the entire fitting to suit the new LED bulbs you’re bringing in.

This is the exact reason why upgrading your existing halogen globes to LED globes isn’t enough! New LED downlights come fitted with a transformer on the lighting fixture to ensure you get the most out of your new lights!

Looking for an Upgrade?

Looking to replace your halogens with LED downlights? Hire a professional to change your entire system and get the most out of your investment.

Get in touch with us for a FREE consultation on your needs!


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