Halogen lamps were once considered a great innovation and an improvement over the conventional incandescent lamps. They are filled with high pressure and the tungsten materials in the filaments burned for much longer making them more durable than conventional lamps. They are also brighter and produce a lot of light thereby meeting your lighting needs to your satisfaction.
The main drawback is that they hog too much energy and can get really hot which can sometimes be a safety risk. Over the past few decades, innovations have been happening in the LED frontier that have resulted in LED lights that are a vast improvement over the conventional halogen lighting. LED lights offer several advantages. They are cold and consume less power and are therefore an energy-efficient alternative.
However, the initial rollout of LED lights wasn’t a successful one. The first generation of LED lights and lamps tended to be dimmer and cold, a far cry from the warmth and brilliance of the halogen lighting. But technological developments in the recent years have now made it possible to create powerful LED lights that offer you the brilliance of halogen lamps and the innovation and energy efficiency of LED technology. If you are planning to transition from halogen lights to LED-powered lighting, here is a step-by-step process on how you can go about it.
Determine what to replace
Which of your lamps are on most of the time? This is the perfect place to start with when replacing your halogen lights. The lights that used the most hog most of the power and contribute heavily to your high power bills. By replacing these first with LED lights, you can begin maximising on your energy savings.
How much brilliance do you need?
What level of brilliance will you need in your LED lights? This will depend on the power rating of each of the bulbs. In halogen bulbs, you will find ratings in the range of 40 watts, 50 watts, 60 watts or 100 watts. When purchasing LED lights, you will need to look for an equivalent light bulb rating using the “10% rule”. For a 100 watts halogen light bulb, for example, you will need an LED equivalent with a rating of 10 watts.
The colour or light temperature of a light bulb is measured in terms of Kelvin (K). If the K number is lower, the light will be warmer. The converse is true. With a high K number, the light becomes both white and cooler. Pick the appropriate Kelvin rating based on your “warm white” or “cool white” light preferences.
Do you prefer dimmable lighting?
Only a few halogen lamps are dimmable and the dimming often shortens the lifespan of the bulb. Such constraints do not exist in LED lamps where you can find a vast array of durable dimmable lighting options. If you are buying these, check if the lights have a “dimmable” label on them. When installing dimmable LED lights, you may also need to replace your dimmer switches since these lights use less energy. Talk to your electrician to assist you in installing switches for new dimmable bulbs.
Check if you have the right fittings
The range of lights in your home is likely to have different fittings. Make sure that you match the light bulb to the right fixture. To get it right, carry some of your old halogen lamps to the shop when making a purchase. You can also talk to a licensed electrician for recommendations on the right bulbs to pick for your home.
If you are planning to transition to new form of lighting it is prudent to take it one step at a time. Start by trying out a single LED bulb and see if you like it. If you are impressed with the quality of the lighting, you can proceed and replace the rest of the halogen bulbs in your house. Once you have replaced your halogen bulbs, sit back and enjoy the cool, brilliant and energy saving lighting from your LED bulbs.