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Switching to LED: Here you can find out more
You will find a summary of the most important points in our Key Points for the Halogen to LED Switch-Over at the bottom of this page.
1. LED and halogen: Differences in light technology
2. Replacing halogen with LED: Save money and the environment
3. How to I find the right LED to replace my halogen lamp?
4. Isn't LED light much too cold?
5. Can I still dim my luminaires after the switch to LED lamps?
6. Create colourful mood lighting with LEDs
7. Outlier: Halogen recessed spotlights – how to make the switch easy
- Use your old halogen ceiling spotlight as your guide. The new LED lamp type and the base must match the old.
- Look for the label for dimming capability on the packaging if you want to dim the lamps in future.
- Choose LED recessed spotlights with the same lumen value as the old spot to guarantee the same brightness after your switch to LED.
- The new LED ceiling spots may no longer reach the minimum load for your transformer. The max. output of a transformer is expressed in volt ampere (= VA) or in watt (= W), which is the same value. The total output of your new LEDs should reach at least the lower load limit and max. 60% of the upper load limit. You can see the wattage of your new lamp on the product packaging.
Here's an example:
You've got 6 recessed halogen spotlights and a transformer with a load capacity between 35 and 105 VA (or W). You go and purchase 6 new recessed LED spotlights with 8 W power consumption each. You would therefore have a transformer load of 48 W. The switch from halogen to LED will not be a problem. If, on the other hand, you originally only had 3 installed recessed spotlights, the new LED spots would only reach a total load of 24 W – which would mean you would have to buy a new transformer.
Key Points for the Halogen to LED Switch-Over
- Use your old halogen lamp as your guide if you want to install a new LED lamp. Simply choose the same lamp type and base.
- Make sure you see "dimmable" on the packaging if you still want to be able to dim your luminaires after the switch-over, as this is not standard for all LED lamps.
- LEDs consume on average 75% less electricity than a standard halogen lamp and have five times their service life. Your wallet and the environment will thank you!
- In the case of recessed spotlights, you will have to keep an eye on minimum and maximum load capacity of your transformer. Choose LED recessed spotlights with a total output of no less than the transformer's minimum load and no more than 60% of its maximum capacity. You will have to buy a new transformer if your new LED lighting doesn't fit within that range.