In 2018, Australia decided to call it ‘time’ on inefficient halogen lighting.
The two reasons are:
- Energy efficiency
Halogen downlights came to prominence in the early 2000s as a modern feature in many businesses due to being aesthetically pleasing on the eye.
Nonetheless, some people bought the cheaper option by buying non-Australian Standard compliant products on cheap online shopping sites. Also, some electricians at the time lacked the knowledge to install them properly, as they were relatively new to the market.
This has seen a significant number of fires start by halogen downlight and/or poor installation recently.
What are the threats?
Halogen downlights can heat up to 250oC and they can get even hotter if they are installed in the wrong environment.
If you have halogen downlights, you should have then checked to see if they have been installed with a mandated clearance distance between the installation and any combustible and flammable building materials such as old insulation, timber joists, cables, roof air conditioners. They also need to be clear of pipes. Vermin and native animals can even cause problems, as rats and possums can be attracted to the high heat emitted from these downlights.
Identifying Halogen downlights
The way to identify a halogen downlight is to turn your light off and look in the centre of the bulb. If it is deep in the centre and you can see a reflector, then it is most likely a halogen downlight.
You can also tell if you put your hand close to the light and you feel warmth, but be very careful not to touch the light or fitting asthe heat can burn you.
LED downlights give off only a fraction of the heat of a halogen downlight.
We are also happy to do an initial free inspection if you are unsure if you have halogen downlights.
How do you know if your halogen downlights been installed accurately?
Here are some indicators of whether your halogen downlights been
- Look for discolouration around the halogen downlight fitting or look for discolouration of the ceiling paint near the fitting
- If there is discoloured or pealing around the halogen downlight fitting, then this is due to the extreme heat
- Flickering may be an indication when the light is turned on
- If the light also turns on and off by itself that is another indication of a problem
Should you switch to LED downlights?
Absolutely – It’s not even debatable when you consider all the factors involved, but firstly, remember that you must have a licensed electrician, like MAJR Electrical, do the switching.
We recommend replacing your old halogen downlights with LED downlights. LED downlights give off only a fraction of the heat than a halogen downlight, and they are extremely cost effective in comparison.
Old halogen downlights burn at 50 Watts, where as a LED downlight burns at 10 Watts. This means that when an average business saving up to 80% off of their electrical bill.
At MAJR Electrical, we also understand recessed lighting is never risk free, however reducing the electrical safety risk is what we are all about, so after we have replaced your existing halogen downlights, we recommend that you have an annual inspection to ensure nothing has disturbed your new LED downlight from its position.
Want to know more?
MAJR Electrical can also provide you with free, no obligation advice on some cost effective ways to replace your halogen downlights.