Fact: LED Downlights in Melbourne have risen in popularity due a significant number of fires in Victoria related to halogen downlights.

Looking for a reason to invest in LED downlights in Melbourne? Halogen downlights create a lot of heat and if they are not correctly insulated, installed and maintained they can cause fires. Halogen lights generate very high temperatures which can reach up to 370C. 

Smoke alarms will only detect smoke below the ceiling, not in your roof space. Halogen bulbs use up to six times the energy of older traditional light bulbs. 

LED downlights in Melbourne are designed to have energy-saving properties, meaning they can offer the same degree of illumination as your traditional halogen bulbs, but with much less power. They’re not only energy-efficient, but they also offer a much more cost-effective lighting solution and are better for the environment overall. The LED lighting industry is growing faster than ever, and there’s no better time to replace your old halogens with LEDs. Halogen bulbs are slowly being phased out of use in Australia.  

If you are considering changing from Halogen lights to LED downlights in Melbourne, contact us at Prokop Electrical. We can discuss your lighting needs and help you to install a more cost effective, safer lighting solution.

Top reasons LED downlights have rapidly replaced traditional halogen bulbs

1. LEDs are more energy-efficient

LED bulbs use anywhere from 7 to 20 watts an hour. On the other hand, halogen bulbs use up to 500 watts an hour to provide the same amount of illumination.

2. LEDs have a longer lifespan

LED lights can last up to 50,000 hours, whereas halogen bulbs have a lifespan between 1000 to 2000 hours. Although the cost of LED downlights in Melbourne may be higher than halogen at the outset, it works out to be more cost-effective in the long-term. You save money (and time) by not needing to constantly replace your bulbs.

3. LEDs are safer to run

To light up halogen bulbs, its transformers require a huge amount of heat. This means there is also the risk of it igniting common substances like paper, dust and insulation batteries. On the other hand, LED bulbs use an electrical current that passes through a microchip which illuminates the tiny light sources we call LEDs to produce visible light. LED downlights in Melbourne are considered a much safer alternative to halogens as they produce 80% less heat than the traditional halogen bulb, while still providing you with the same amount of illumination.

4. LEDs are better for the environment 

Not only are LED downlights cheaper overall, more energy-efficient and safer than halogen lights, they’re also better for the environment. By reducing the amount of power you use at home, you also reduce the demand for coal-fired energy! 

LED downlights in Melbourne in particular are a great candidate for your home or business. Not only do they get a lot of use, but downlights are complicated to change over as they’re in the ceiling. Replacing them with long-lasting LEDs means you won’t have to change them nearly as often.

In recent years, LED downlights in Melbourne have rapidly replaced traditional halogen bulbs across the country. 

Halogen downlight fire safety tips

If you intend to maintain Halogen downlights we recommend the following:

  • Always use a licensed electrical contractor to install the halogen downlights and ensure they meet the current Australian Standards.  
  • Never install halogen downlights near structural timber members such as roof, ceiling or floor beams.  
  • Ensure the lights and transformers are not covered by ceiling insulation such as pulped paper, rock wool, fibreglass batts or polyester batts. The heat from the lights can cause the insulation to smoulder or ignite. 
  • When having renovations or work done to the home, ensure the existing ceiling insulation does not come in contact with the halogen downlights.  
  • Downlights and their auxiliary equipment must be installed in such a manner that necessary cooling air movement around them is not impaired by thermal insulation or other material. 
  • Where thermal insulation is not fixed in position, a barrier or guard constructed of fire-resistant material shall be provided and secured in position to maintain the necessary clearance. Check and maintain the lights to prevent a build up of wind blown debris, such as dust and leaves, in the roof cavity near the down-lights.  
  • Vermin often like to nest within roof and floor cavities.  As the halogen lights and ceiling insulation provide heat for nesting, regularly check for damage caused by vermin activity that could potentially cause a fire. 

If you would like to discuss the options available to make your property’s lighting more cost effective, safer and efficient with LED downlights in Melbourne, contact Prokop Electrical today.

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