Posted on May 01, 2015
As Electrical Contractors we get a wide exposure to many different brands of LED downlights. After installing a multitude of brands and configurations, we can conclude one brand stands out from the rest. You get what you pay for in this product line. Cheaper made lights fail quickly and are often not compatible with conventional dimmers already found in the consumer home.
LEDs produce more light but use up to 80% less energy than traditional lighting products. They are also safer because they operate at a much lower temperature thus reducing the risk of house fires. Traditional Halogen downlights can waste up to 80% of their energy as heat, costing the consumer for energy that is not effectively turned into light. Clipsal LEDs are designed and manufactured to last up to 50,000 hours.
Clipsal LED lights are designed to use up to 80% less energy than traditional halogen downlights so you can get the same light output for less energy input. You will also make considerable savings in replacement globe costs because Clipsal LEDs last up to 50,000 hours.
Clipsal LEDS are compatible with leading edge, trailing edge, universal style dimmers manufactured by Clipsal. Dimmer compatibility is important, please ask one of our staff about possible capability with your current dimmer.
From our experience and based on many hundreds of various LED downlight installations we can conclude that the Clipsal LED product is has come out on top. Problems with other brands such as unit failures within 100 hours were not uncommon. The Clipsal model offered the best light output and quality for the price and the unit was compatible with the largest majority of dimmers. The Clipsal LED downlight also monitors the temperature of the unit and adjusts the light output should the unit get too hot. We find a common cause of lighting failures is due to thermal insulation covering the downlight, causing excess heat, not to mention the fire risk this poses. A brochure that outlines the range will give you an idea of what options are available. Below is an overview of the sizes of these units that should help determine which of these units can be retro fitted into where your current 50 Watt halogen downlight is.
Contact us to have one of our electricians give you a free in home quote to upgrade your energy hungry outdated halogen lights.