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If your home or business has halogen downlights or outdated lights, you’re paying too much for electricity.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 Victorian government program for free.
Government Free LED Downlights Scheme for Households & Businesses in Victoria
Replace Halogen Downlights with LED Downlights – Free under VEU Scheme in Victoria
LED technology is changing the way Australians light their homes. Under the Victorian government 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.
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).
Are You Eligible For VEET/VEU Downlights Replacement Scheme?
The VEU scheme is available to households or businesses located within Victoria and free upgrade only applies to ceiling downlights. If you are using old 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.
Light We Replace Under Free Halogen 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?
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.
LED lights come in a wide range of colours. You should choose 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 kitchens 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
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 equivalent incandescent wattage will be.
Luminous Efficacy of LED lights. Image: IEEE Spectrum.
If there is no comparable wattage/lumens on the product page, simply delete the last digit from a LED light’s lumen value. The result would be a wattage equal to incandescent. A LED light-emitting 400 lumens, for example, is approximately as bright as a 40 Watt incandescent bulb.
Common Problems With Halogen Downlights
- Lower light output: halogen downlights consume huge power and convert most of it (over 90%) into heat, leading to lower light output. This makes them highly inefficient. High heat emission makes 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 in halogen bulbs.
- Shorter lifespan: halogen downlights have a shorter lifespan as 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 used in production.
Benefits of LED Downlights
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