Replace Halogen Downlights with LED Downlights – FREE Upgrade Under VEU Scheme


If your home or business has halogen downlights or outdated lights, you’re paying too much for electricity. Replace them with LED downlights under the Victorian government program for free.

Government Free Halogen To LED Downlights Replacement Scheme for Households & Businesses in Victoria

Reasons for the popularity of LED downlights can be attributed to better functionality, high energy efficiency, and a variety of designs than halogen and incandescent lamps. Halogen and incandescent lights are very costly, mostly because they need more bulbs or globes. For example, a typical GU10 halogen is about 50W. It takes at least 10 globes to adequately illuminate an average-sized room. Do the math, that’s 500W worth of electricity to light one room. With LEDs, this number is reduced by almost 80%.


LED downlights or ceiling downlights are the perfect lighting solutions for hollow ceiling openings. They appear like a torchlight directing light from the ceiling hole. LED downlights are popular in the hospitality and retail sectors because their design blends perfectly with the architecture of the building.

Halogen Downlight Replacement With LED – Free under the VEU Scheme in Victoria

LED technology is changing the way Australians light their homes. Under the Victorian government, the Halogen Downlight with LED light replacement scheme the Victorian Energy Upgrades program (VEU) Ecofin Solutions is offering free replacements for halogen downlights with energy-saving LED downlights to Victorian households and businesses. We work with Glow Green Pty Ltd – an Accredited Provider (AP) under the VEU program

By switching over to energy-efficient LED downlights under the VEU program, a Victorian household or business can expect over $200 annual energy cost savings, 1065kg of less greenhouse gas emissions annually and $9,270 savings over an average life of the LED light (based on 10 standard GU10 halogen 50W lights, @ $0.23 cents/ kWh charge for 5 hours per day, 7 days per week for 52 weeks).

LED downlights Vs Halogen comparison

Are You Eligible For VEU Halogen To LED Downlights Replacement Scheme?

The VEU scheme is available to households and businesses located within Victoria and the free upgrade only applies to ceiling downlights. If you are using old halogen or incandescent downlights in your house or business, you are eligible for the LED upgrade. There are about 36 energy efficiency activities listed under the VEU program and LED downlight upgrade (Activity 21, halogen to LED upgrade) for households or businesses is one of them.

Lights We Replace Under Free Halogen To LED Downlights Upgrade

We replace 50W or above GU10 or MR16 halogen downlights with LED downlights under the free halogen downlight upgrade.

What to Know Before Replacing Halogen Downlights with LED Downlights?

Beam Angle

The bulb’s beam angle means the width or narrowness of the light source. Narrow beam lights are used to illuminate small areas, whereas wider beams are ideal for broad lighting. Choose a larger beam ranging between 100 and 120 degrees for broad lighting purposes.

Colour Temperature

LED lights come in a wide range of colours. You should choose the light of a certain colour temperature based on the functionality of the space. Warm white light is considered good for relaxing, whereas cool white is considered good for reading.

Colour temperature indicates whether your light source will emit rather “warm” or “cold” light. The lower the number, the “warmer” the colour. 2700K can be described as warm white and 5000K may be considered cool white.

If you are buying a recessed LED downlight for your bedrooms or living rooms, the best colour temperature range would be from 2700K to 3200K. For bathrooms and kitchen lights, downlights with colour temperatures between 4000K to 4500K work fine. Spotlights and downlights are perfect for task lighting, which makes them an ideal choice for kitchens and bathrooms.

Power and Lumens

Luminous Efficacy (lumen per watt) comparison of different lights

Earlier, wattage was used to measure the brightness of lamps.

Today lumens are a globally accepted way of calculating brightness.

The higher the lumens, the brighter the light is. Equivalent wattage is always mentioned on all LED product pages.

Lumens are used to approximate what the equivalent incandescent wattage will be.

If there is no comparable wattage/lumen on the product page, simply delete the last digit from the LED light’s lumen value.

The result would be a wattage equal to incandescent.

An 8 watt LED light-emitting 400 lumens, for example, is approximately as bright as a 40 Watt incandescent globes.

Common Problems With Halogen Downlights

  • Lower light output: halogen downlights consume a huge amount of power and convert most of it (over 90%) into heat, leading to lower light output. This makes them highly inefficient. High heat emissions make them susceptible to fire hazards.
  • Risk of fire: the heat emitted from halogen bulbs not only increases the temperature of a place but also risks of household/workplace fire. On the other hand, LEDs stay cool because they don’t have a filament, unlike halogen bulbs.
  • Shorter lifespan: Halogen downlights have a shorter lifespan when compared to LED downlights. Halogen downlights last 2,000 hours whereas LED downlights last up to 10 years, which means you won’t have to bother changing them for a long time. A thin filament inside the halogen downlights blows out quite often, thus a small lifespan.
  • Environmental impact: as mentioned above, halogen bulbs consume very high energy in comparison to LED lights. Plus their lifespan is shorter, this means more waste going to landfills, more bulbs being produced and more energy being used in production.

Benefits Of LED Downlight Replacement For Halogen

LED & Halogen Downlights Comparison

The following are the major advantages of LED downlights over halogens.

  • Reduced energy bills.
  • Reduced fire hazard
  • Less maintenance & replacement costs.
  • Better For The Environment
  • Better light quality
  • Long lifespan
  • Easy to install

FAQs About Halogen To LED Downlights Replacement

Q: Do LED downlights work with halogen dimmer switches?

Some LED downlights will work with existing halogen dimmers and some won’t. Some LED downlights have built-in circuitry that enables them to work with halogen dimmers. The best way to find out is to check the label before buying them. After installation, if LED downlights don’t dim well, or start flickering, you need to buy LED-compatible dimmers.

Q: Can LED downlights go dim?

Yes. All bulbs lose brightness as they reach near the end of life. LED downlights have the longest lifespan — the average life of a LED bulb is 50,000 hours.

Generally, LEDs lose brightness sooner if low-quality internal parts like LED diode arrays and capacitors are used in the bulb unit.

While incandescent, halogen, and fluorescent go totally dark when they reach the end of the rated life LEDs, on the contrary, LEDs lose just 30% of the light output when they reach the end of the rated life. This stage is called the L70 life of LED bulbs.

Q: How do I lower the brightness of my LED downlights?

All LED lights are fully compatible with light dimmers. You can install 0-10V/1-10V dimming, TRIAC dimming, and CCT dimming to dim any LED lights.

Q: I have already replaced halogens with CFLs, is it worth swapping CFL with LED downlights?

LED downlights are more energy-efficient than CFL/fluorescent lights. In the long run, LED downlights will give you more return on investment than CFL lights. Moreover, CFL lights are not instant-on and they start flicking after reaching their half-life.

Q: I have replaced all my old halogens and CFLs with LED downlights. What do I do with the old, still functioning, downlights?
Both halogen and CFL lights are recyclable. They need to be disposed of properly to avail the free LED replacement. Don’t throw CFL lights in general waste, as they contain mercury.

Q: What are the key points to review before going for LED downlights?

The following are important key points to consider:

  • Install the right lumen number needed to light up your space.
  • Choose a light with the highest lumens per wattage rating.
  • Select an LED downlight of certain color temperatures that complement the mood you wish to set for your space.
  • Prefer a wide beam angle LED downlight for soft ambient light and a narrow beam for focused light.
  • Check if LED downlights are dimmable or not. Some LED lights wouldn’t work with the existing halogen dimmers.
  • IP ratings – IP-rated lights are designed to work in wet and humid environments like in a bathroom or kitchen.
  • When switching over from halogen to LED downlights, look for warm white temperature (around 3000K) to match the halogen colour temperature.
Q: What is the average lifespan of LED downlights? How long do they last in comparison to halogens?

Halogen downlights typically last for 2,000 hours on average, which is around one and half years if they are switched for 4 hours a day. LED downlights, on the other hand, last up to 50,000 hours, which is around 34 years if they are switched on 4 hours a day.

Q: Why are wider angle LED downlights better?

LED downlights come at a variety of beam angles. Wider beam angles are becoming increasingly popular. The higher lumen per watt rated LED downlights with a wider beam angle results in achieving the desired ambiance level with lesser downlights.

Q: How to replace LED downlights in Victoria under the Victorian Energy Upgrade Program?
You need to contact an accredited provider (AP) approved under the VEU program. The AP will start the upgrade process by fixing a no-obligation appointment with property owners to perform a free assessment of the site. The assessment is followed by a detailed proposal and a visit from one of the installers/electricians who replaces old lights with new/energy-efficient approved LED products.

Q: Is LED downlights installation free under the VEU program?
Yes. In order to qualify for the free upgrade, a business or household must have halogen downlights in use. The VEU program is a Victorian state government scheme that aims to encourage people to switch from old lights to energy-efficient LED lights.

Q: Am I eligible to upgrade my halogen downlights under the VEU scheme?
If your business or home is located in Victoria state and uses halogen downlights, you are eligible for the upgrade. However you need to have compatible MR16 transformers and mimium number of halogen downlights as mandated by the VEU program.

Q: What is the process of replacing halogen downlights under the VEU scheme?
The LED downlights upgrade process under the VEU program starts with fixing a no-obligation appointment with property owners to perform a free assessment of the site. The assessment is followed by a visit from one of the installers/A-grade electricians who replace old lights with new, energy-efficient LED downlights.

Q: How can my business or home benefit from the LED downlight upgrade program?
Under the VEU program, old downlights are replaced with LED downlights for free. This will cut the initial cost of installing lights, lighting and maintenance cost of your business or home in the longer run.

Q: What is the warranty on the LED downlights installed under the VEU scheme?
The lighting products we install carry a 3-year warranty.

Q: Is participating in the VEU downlights upgrade scheme compulsory for businesses and households?

No. It is a completely voluntary program.

Q: What is the quality of the LED downlights you install under the VEU scheme?

We only install ESC-approved lighting products under the VEU program. To check the quality and authenticity of the lighting products, please log in to the Essential Services Commission website.

Q: What are the major brands you use for the LED downlights upgrade?

The major lighting brands are Philips, Primsal, Eco Light Up, Optitech, etc.

Q:What will they do with my old halogen downlights?

They will be sent for decommissioning. It is mandatory to recycle properly old/replaced lights under the program.