Renovating? Go LED!

Maybe your looking to upgrade your old halogen lights to something new and economical or maybe just trying to freshen up the house while doing some small renovations. LED down lights are a great way to change the look and feel of a room. LED lights come in a range of styles, light colours and levels of brightness. These are all things to consider before you venture out and purchase a set or ask your electrician to supply some down lights for you.

So… here it is, everything you need to know before you commit to spending your money.

First things first – What is the mood / functionality of the room?

What is the room? A bathroom – bedroom, living room? Do you want to highlight anything on the walls of these rooms?

If so, then you need to consider the spread of light. Halogen down lights are generally a 90 degree spread pattern and illuminate the wall area as shown in the below picture. This degree of spread is great if you are trying to achieve a highlighted area on the wall or create a romantic feel. If however you are trying to brighten up the room, then going for a greater spread will result in a wider area being illuminated.

What colour of light?

If it is a bedroom or bathroom and you like the modern feel of a whiter light, than the 4000k colour is great to achieve this. If you would like to keep the warm yellow feel, then you should stay around the 3000k mark and maybe nudge up to 3500k if you want something in the middle. If you like the bright white with a blue tinge, then start heading towards the 6000k mark to achieve this.

How much light & wattage?

Halogen down lights are terrible at achieving good light output at an affordable cost to you. LED lights achieve the same level of output at a fraction of the cost. Generally a 7 watt LED down light will produce as much as a 50 watt halogen down light. If all you would like to do is keep the same level of lighting for your home but want to make the switch to LED, than 7w may suit your needs. If your home is slightly darker than you would like, go for the next step at 9w-10w. These are great for getting a slightly better light output and covering those previously shady areas within the room. If you have a large storeroom and need light to find your things consider 10w down lights. If you have high ceilings then start at the 10w range - 13w down lights would suit either an outside space or very high ceiling homes as well - We would not recommend installing these in a standard height ceiling as they are very bright.

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Setting a mood? Consider dimmers

It is important to check if the LED lights you are considering to buy are in-fact dimmable - not all of them are. Not all down lights can run off of one type of dimmer either, this is where you contact your electrician who can provide the dimmer for you, and the down lights to suit your needs as well, if you require. Generally the product information
on the down light packaging or product sheet will let you know which type is required, but if you are unsure contact us and we can let you know. Dimmers have been known to cause flickering down lights throughout the industry when they have been paired incorrectly – so if you are currently experiencing this with a newly installed set, you may have the wrong type of dimmer installed.

Style of down light

This is quite important to consider as the open style of down light we have all come to know, actually allows a substantial amount of heat transfer from inside the room to the roof space and vice versa. If you are changing to LED then consider purchasing a down light that seals the gap between the two.

If you have any other questions, hit the contact button in the right hand corner.