Finally, people have seriously started considering the switch to LED lighting at their homes. However, there are still many of us who are still hesitant in making the move to this new technology.
There are compelling reasons to switch to LED, and we have tried to summarize these and guide you on how to make the switch.
People often ask can you replace halogen bulbs with LED? Absolutely!
Halogen bulbs consume so much electricity that you would be saving hundreds of dollars a year by making the switch to all-LED lighting.
Secondly, LED lighting happens to be one of the simplest ways to ‘go green’ for your home. Do you know that a 100 watt regular light bulb produces more than 100 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year even if you use it for a few hours each day? This can be slashed by nearly 80% with LED lights!
A Step-by-Step Guide to Installing LED Lights
Which Bulbs Do You Use The Most?
Firstly, assess which lights are used the maximum at your home on a daily basis. It would make most sense to switch those to LED first for starters before moving on to other lights in the house.
How Much Lighting Are You Looking For?
‘Lumens’ is the unit by which light is measured. But, not all of us are technically that sound, are we? To make matters simple, consider a regular 100-watt bulb as equal to 10 watts of a LED bulb; a regular 60-watt bulb can be replaced by a 6-watt LED bulb and so forth.
As far as spotlights are concerned, you would want to replace a 50 watt GU 10 with a 4-watt LED bulb.
These conversions make it easier for you to estimate the intensity and quantum of light that you will require.
Which Color Would You Prefer?
The color of the lighting is measured in ‘Kelvin’. The lower the Kelvin, the warmer the lighting would be. As you go up the Kelvin scale, the cooler and whiter the lighting becomes (see figure below). Depending on what you prefer, which could depend upon your location and seasonal climate, you should buy your LED bulbs accordingly.
Are You Looking For Dimmable Lighting?
Dimmable LED bulbs could cost a little more but are available across many ranges. You should look out for the ‘dimmable’ insignia on the packet you buy. There are thousands of different dimmable LED light fixtures on the market, but only three major types of dimming method: mains dimming, Dali or DMX. So choose what kind of dimming you want before you select any LED luminaires. More lighting control manufacturers are providing lists of LED products that they have tested for compatibility with their equipment and this is a very useful service to any specifier.
Ensure You Buy A Proper Fitting
Now, I am sure not all light bulbs at your home would be of the same fittings. So please ensure you match the fitting to the LED bulbs you buy. A good measure would be if you take along your old bulbs to the shop to cross verify.
In the case of spotlights, take one of them off and examine if it has pegs or pins. Pegs imply a mains voltage, and you can readily replace those with LED bulbs (as in the left image below). If it has pins (as in the right image below), it implies a low voltage power and you might need to consult an electrician while buying the LED bulbs for those. The same goes if you’re looking to convert fluorescent light fixture to LED in case it gets tricky.
I suggest you view switching to LED lighting as a way of refurbishing the image of your home and replacing a few bulbs at a time to see the difference between your old lighting and the new one, including the utility bill savings.
What’s more, LED bulbs are very durable - and so once you are done with converting your lights at home to LED you could sit back and relish the glow for an average of 15 years!