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How to switch from halogen to LED ?
Why should you switch?
The main advantage of switching from halogen to LED is better energy-efficiency which also means savings in energy costs.
LED technology is better for the environment too. When switching from halogen to LED, it's important to take a few things into consideration to ensure you buy the right LED lighting product whether that's an LED bulb, an LED fixture or any other type of LED lighting. Read on to find out what you need to know.
What type of base does your current product have?
Undoubtedly, the first point to consider is the base of your current light. When switching to LED, it's important to choose a product that has the same base so that you can simply replace your old halogen light with an LED one.
The base (or cap) is the part of a light that connects it to a suitable fixture. E27 (aka Edison screw) is one of the most common bases for light bulbs, while GU10 is one of the most popular ones for spotlight bulbs. Be aware that there are lots of different types of bases available so take care to choose the right one.
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Do you want to dim your light ?
Being able to dim your lights comes in handy in all sorts of situations. It allows you to determine the amount of available light at any time so that you can easily match it to your requirements whenever you desire.
It's important to know that not all LED lights are dimmable. If you already have this feature with your current halogen lighting and you want to retain it, you'll need to make sure you buy LED lights that are dimmable. You should also be aware that there's no guarantee that your current dimmer will be compatible with a dimmable LED light. This is due to the difference in wattages between halogen and LED lights. If your current dimmer doesn't work, you should get one that's compatible with LED lights.
Determine the required light output
In the past, people looked at the wattage of a bulb to determine the light output, but wattage is actually a measurement of how much energy a bulb uses rather than the amount of light it emits. Because LED bulbs are much more efficient, they use far less energy to produce the same amount of light as halogen bulbs, for instance.
That's why, when comparing a halogen light to an LED one, it's important to look at the number of lumens rather than the wattage. Lumen is the term used to describe the total amount of light emitted by a light source.
If you want to get an idea of the number of lumens different rooms typically need, take a look at this blog.
Choose a beam angle
The beam angle of a light (expressed in degrees) specifies over what area its beam spreads. The smaller the beam angle, the more intense and directional the light will be, whereas a wider angle will result in a light that produces a softer, diffused beam. When buying new lights, make sure you choose the beam angle that's right for your situation. Narrow angles are used for accent lighting and wide angles are used for more general lighting.
Choose a colour temperature
The last aspect to consider when buying a new bulb or light is the colour temperature. The colour temperature refers to the colour produced by the light. It's expressed in Kelvin (K) and this number defines the general colour of the light that varies from warm yellow to cool blue.
Some of the most common colour temperatures are highlighted below:
- Extra warm white ~ 2700 ° K
- Warm white ~ 3000 ° K
- Cool white ~ 4000 ° K
- Daylight ~ 6500 ° K
We hope this blog helps you make a successful switch from halogen to LED lighting.
If you still have questions, however, don't hesitate to get in touch with our lighting specialists who can offer more expert advice.