DIY Replacement LED downlights – Points to Remember

Right, you are now ready to install your LED downlight yourself. Interesting fact is still many folks opt for halogen or compact fluorescent downlights, however we must consider LED downlights consumes less power as compares to other fixtures and thus would make one save on the power bills. Another benefit that is making those go green initiatives take a new shape is that LED fixtures do not emit anything that is harsh on the environment, no rays, no heat and no toxic elements. Also, LED downlights are a better option than other lighting as they are designed to last.

Different downlight fixing optionsGE spring based downlight fixture DIY

We stock different downlight fixture options such as

  • In a downlight with spring clips
  • In a downlight with twist front face plate/ flexible push in clips
  • In a downlight where the face plate comes off

Few points to remember before start replacing your LED Downlights

  • Always switch off power supply before commencing work.
  • Operating temperature range of the lamp should be between -20°C and 45°C ambient. Over-heating can affect lamp performance.
  • Only use in indoor applications and in open fixtures providing 10mm free air space.
  • Ensure the fixture has the appropriate lamp-holder.
  • Do not use or install the lamp in highly dusty or smoky environments. It is recommended that you install the lamp only after construction is completed.
  • Input voltage should be +/-10% the amount stipulated in the specifications.
  • If LED lamps are dimmable with compatible mix of transformers and dimmers, actual dimming performance depends on dimmer type (refer to the recommended dimmer & transformer list). Please note the different combinations based on the type of lamp and number of lamps.
  • Not intended to use with emergency light fixtures or exit lights or DC transformers.
  • Customer may notice a one second flicker during star tup. This is normal and will not affect lamp performance and lifetime.
  • Relative humidity in the installation should not exceed 80% Relative Humidity. Do not install in bathrooms, kitchens and wet areas. These lamps have no tolerance to water.
  • Lamps must be protected from the ingress of salt air.
  • Do not install the lamp close to medical equipment/televisions/studios/radio areas.
  • Certain lamps include a fan to assist performance. Noise might be audible in silent environment. (Applicable only to a range of dimmable lamps)
  • Products are not subjected to more than total of 20,000 fast switches (time between “on” and “off” should be less than 10 minutes).
  • Electrical installation in which the product operates must not be subjected to voltage fluctuations. The mains supply should have surge or over voltage protection equipment.
  • It is also recommended that all lamps on one transformer share the same brand.

How about installing the downlights

All of our LED Downlights are coming with DYI installation guides, you may be easily find how to install them in place of your existing downlights. Please find this quick video helpful to give a heads up.

LED Lighting compared with Fluorescent Lamps

LED lighting is truly the next generation technology which features various benefits to not only buyers for Home LED Lighting, but companies also, with LED Downlight products and LED Tubes which can replace out-dated, flickering fluorescent lighting. LED lighting allows such benefits as a higher energy efficiency than CFLs and fluorescents, lower power consumption, lower maintenance costs, longer lifetime, durability and brighter light output than traditional fluorescent lighting. LED lighting is slowly filling the Home Lighting and Business Lighting marketplace with such innovative products as LED T5 and LED T8 Tubes, Flexible LED Lighting and LED Downlights.

Fluorescent lighting contains toxic materials such as mercury which is harmful to environment and human body. Did you know that if you drop or break a fluorescent bulb you must leave the room for 4 hours, due to the toxic materials floating in the air, which could cause respiratory damage, or Asthma in the long run for workers who have to deal with these fixtures regularly. For workers and personnel who replace fluorescent tubes at work such as electricians are the most impressed by LED tubes, since they are not only easier to install, requiring no ballast, but they are worry-free, as they can last upwards of 10 years, on for 24 hours a day, and do not contain any toxic materials like mercury dust that fluorescents do. For quick installation, LED tube lighting can be placed and installed directly into existing fluorescent T5 and T8 sized sockets, you only need to remove the ballast, plug the LED bulbs in, and you’re done! Contrary to popular belief, LEDs are very easy to install in this day and age, and the most LED products are now “plug-and-play” while still offering a slick look with unmatched energy savings.

Although fluorescent lighting is more energy efficient than incandescent lighting, it is still an energy wasting monster when compared with LED lighting. For businesses who have a large electric bill, switching to LEDs could cut your energy bill in half, while still keeping all of the brightness, and no fluorescent flickering! Even with the most advanced state of the art CFLs, fluorescent lighting accounts for a high percentage in existing lighting all over the world, switching from fluorescent lighting into LED lighting can greatly reduce the global lighting power consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Now let’s do some detailed analysis to compare LED and fluorescent lighting, and there is no doubt that LED will defeat fluorescent lighting.

Replace your fluorescent lighting with energy efficient LED TubesIn contrast, LED lighting is solid-state lighting which does not contain any filaments that could break or hazardous materials like CFLs. The upfront costs of LED lighting are too high, due to the technology used to achieve such a high lumens per watt rating, it is true. However, think about the long-term energy conservation, and savings you will get from not needing to replace the lights, for up to 5 or 10 times as long, depending if the light replaced was incandescent or fluorescent. Either way, the more high-energy halogen, incandescent, or fluorescent lights you replace, the more money you will save every month. Check with your state, half the bill could be on them due to recent energy grants and programs set up by Government energy policies introduced in early 2010. Over the full life of the LED tube or bulb, the money saved by using LED lighting will be tremendous. When factoring in the true price of lighting, you must include all three variables such as Initial investments, maintenance expenses, and a maintenance to routinely replacing lights.

Light Online is an Australia’s leading provider of home and office LED lights with high efficiency and eco-friendly technology and a professional supplier of Flexible LED globes, LED Down lighting, LED tubes containing no toxic mercury with more efficiency and longer lasting life than both incandescent and Compact Fluorescent lamps .


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