You can change your lighting and start saving
LED downlights use a fraction of the amount of electricity of old fashioned halogen or incandescent lightglobes. They also stay cool, so in summer you don’t have to crank up your air conditioning to combat the heat coming from your lights!
What’s the difference between light globes?
- Old incandescent lamps often use 75-100 watts and also emit lots of heat. You can reduce the energy use of lights from this type of light by over 90% by swapping to LEDs
- Older fluorescent tube lighting typically uses 36 watts, whereas new LED tubes typically use 10-20 watts that’s a 44% – 72% reduction
- If you have twin fluorescent tube lights simply taking one lamp out can help reduce lighting costs. You can add a simple reflector into the light fitting to maintain lumen (volume of light) output
- Upgrading CFLs to LEDs is worth doing but it is probably best to wait until the CFLs needs replacing, as the savings are not significant enough to justify disposing of
- When you do remove CFL globes ensure that you dispose them correctly. They contain small amounts of mercury as well as other materials that can be recycled. Call your council to find out where to take them
Are the LEDs as bright as halogen lights?
50W halogen downlights in the ceiling typically output 500 or more lumens (brightness) with a beam angle of around 60 degrees. Our supplier’s commitment to ensuring quality means that their 7W LED downlights output a minimum of 500 lumens with a wide 65 degree beam angle, resulting in equal or improved lighting in your home. You may have seen inferior LED downlights that output between 200 and 400 lumens, with a beam angle of just 30-35 degrees, resulting in dim and uneven light. Unfortunately if you have already installed the inferior lights a supplier is not able to replace them for free. You can request a quote for these if you choose.
I thought it was best to remove the existing transformers?
Earlier LED downlights often interfered with transformers, meaning that it was advisable to remove the transformers, before replacing the globes. LED technology has advanced in the last 2-3 years, meaning that this is no longer the case in most households. However, in some cases you may find that your transformers are not compatible with certain LED downlights.
If you are considering topping up or installing ceiling insulation it is advisable to remove the old transformers (even if they are connected to LEDs), so that there is no risk associated with placing insulation over the transformer and no need to have a hole in your insulation to accommodate the transformer. If you’re not sure how best to proceed feel free to give the Our Energy Future team a call on 1300 339 915.
Are they warm lights?
The 3000K warm white colour is available for the free LED upgrade as it best replicates the colour of the halogen downlights and therefore is the best direct replacement in the upgrade.