LED Downlights: Everything You Need to Know
LED downlights have been available since the early 1960s, although they did not become widely used in Australia until early 2008. The transition to LED has been sluggish thus far, but that is likely to change when halogen downlights are prohibited from sale in late 2021. As a result, if you need to install or replace downlights in the near future, you will have no choice but to install LED downlights. In this essay, we will go over LED lighting technology and the advantages it brings for your house.
What exactly are LED lights?
LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode. When an electric current is run through them, a semiconductor (diode) emits photons of light. This is in contrast to incandescent lights, which produce heat while emitting light. LEDs are utilised in a variety of applications such as TV remote controls, room illumination, traffic signals, automotive headlights, electronic indicator lights, camera flashes, and many more.
What are the advantages of LEDs?
LED lamps are more energy efficient than incandescent or halogen light bulbs. LED lamps consume around 75% less energy than halogen light bulbs of the same brightness in a typical home. They also live longer than incandescent or halogen bulbs since they don’t emit as much heat. According to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources, LED lights generally last 5-10 times longer than halogen lamps. As a result, householders may expect to save money on both operating and maintenance expenses. Replace all of your halogen downlights with LEDs and you might save hundreds of dollars per year.
How far apart should LED lights be installed?
The number of lights needed to illuminate a room is a complicated topic. The answer will be determined by a variety of factors, including ceiling height, light output, and the geometry of the space itself. However, as a general suggestion, divide your ceiling height by two. For example, if your ceiling is 2.4m high, you should space your LED lights 120cm apart. This is a preliminary estimate, but it will help your budget.
Can I use LEDs instead of traditional spotlights?
Yes, but it isn’t as easy as changing the bulbs. LED downlights require either a 12v or a 24v power source, whereas typical incandescent lamps require 230v. As a result, you must replace your old downlights with specialised LED units that include a transformer.
Do I need a transformer?
Yes, because LEDs require either a 12v or 24v power source, a transformer is required to convert the ordinary 230v power supply. In practise, the transformer is integrated within the lamp. In certain circumstances, however, it may be a separate device connected to the light through a wire.
What is the distinction between GU10 LEDs and integrated LEDs?
Integrated LEDs are a full unit that includes both the bulb and the lamp holder, whereas a GU10 downlight has a separate LED bulb and holder, similar to a standard light bulb holder configuration. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Integrated bulbs normally last longer but are more expensive to replace. They are also more aesthetically pleasing and easier to install. GU10 bulbs are less expensive to replace, however they do not last as long as integrated units.
Do you need assistance deciding on the best type of LED downlight?
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