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Changing Halogen Downlights to LED Downlights

So you have decided that you cannot waste anymore time to convert to LED.  The high electricity bills are getting to you, and you now know that LED lighting performs great and is safe for the home.

The benefits of LED are clear, but what is involved in installation and what is it going to cost to install?

LED Downlights are superior to LED globes

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You looked at simply replacing the halogen globes with LED GLOBES, but they do not have the performance and reliability of a new LED LIGHT fitting. Your electrician highlighted that it is not a great idea plugging a 4W globe into a halogen transformer designed to deliver 35W to 50W - eventually there is a chance of performance issues.



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To achieve the full life rating of an LED light it should be connected to a transformer specifically designed to power it. Renovator Store recommends LED Downlights as a perfect replacement for your old power sapping halogens. They are sold as a kit that includes a transformer specifically designed for Australian electricity supply, local switches and dimmers.



The first 24 months of savings pay for your LED Downlight

A 50W globe running for 40 hours a week will cost you over $20 per year in electricity, and then there is the cost of replacing the globe every year or so.  However, a 9W Epistar LED Downlight replacement will cost less than $4.  That is a saving of at least $16 per year per light.  The LED downlight will cost you  $32.95 in a bulk pack so it basically pays for itself in 2 years. But don't forget that it keeps on saving - as it has a rated life of more than 25 years at that usage rate.  That is why more and more people are switching to LED.

Installing LED Downlights

Renovator Store has put together this helpful video on how they recommend you change your halogen lights over and what an electrician should cost.

Beware of the Scams

There are many marketing groups pushing LEDs under "government rebate schemes".  You pay the full price for the light and installation then seek a rebate from the government under an energy saving scheme.  Unfortunately, the requirements for rebates are different state-by-state and currently  focus on business, not homes.  Do not join the list of dissatisfied  people that paid full retail for LED under one of these programs only to then realise there is no rebate available to them.