There are many dangers that are associated with using halogen lights, that’s why you should upgrade to LED down lights to minimise fire risks and to ensure the safety of your family.
Unfortunately halogen down lights poses a safety risk to your family. Despite them being lightweight, inexpensive and easy to fit, the longer they remain switched on, the hotter they become.
- They are also an expensive light to run because it requires a minimum of 35 watts of power, which is 6 times higher than the usage of an LED fitting.
- If you are living in an older home, we strongly recommend that you call us for an inspection, to ensure that your down lights are installed properly and to upgrade to LED lamps.
- When we inspect our client’s homes, we often find that their halogen down lights are melted and have burnt the insulation and the timber in the roof.
The costs of upgrading your old globes to LED’s should not be important as maintain the safety and welfare of your family and your home.
The main reason why we always recommend LED lights is because they are energy efficient, reliable and are the industry standard. They offer a better alternative to halogen, CFL and incandescent globes. This is why you should always use LED down lights:
- Save money – you will save up to 90% on your electricity bill because of its life span and low energy use.
- Longer life span – they last for up to 50,000 hours, which means that they last 18-20 longer than halogen lights.
- Environmentally friendly – they do not contain mercury and they don’t emit any harmful UV rays.
- Safer – use a lower voltage and are safer to install and maintain. However some models will get as hot as a halogen – 300°C; thus having a shorter lifespan usually these are the ones that have an unbelievably cheap price.
- Emit lower heat – generate low heat, making them safer to use for your down lights,
- Instant switch on – will instantly provide its full brightness, every time it’s switched on.
- Energy efficient – use approximately 85% less energy than halogen/incandescent lights.
- Compact size – can be as small as 2mm, which makes them ideal for hard to fit or hard to reach areas
Here are just a few of the examples of close calls where halogen downlights have almost started fires!!!
Insulation too close to a down light.
Burnt ceiling timber from overheated halogen lamp.
Heat from halogen down light set the insulation alight.
Electrical wire charred.
Another house where the insulation has burnt.
Heres a transformer that had been in contact with the halogen bulb, ready to catch fire.
And one where the transformer was resting on top of the halogen globe.
Here is a wooden beam directly above a halogen browning off.
And here the fitting being withdrawn from the ceiling where the halogen is embedded in plastic and insulation.
This one with loose fill insulation and other materials covering which has charred and beginning to catch, luckily the room was still there to take the photo.
And another cause of many problems, the hole for the fitting bored right up through a wood beam. If insulation gets over this the beam can char and catch fire. A LED will reduce the risk but it still wont conform to BCA regulations.
Charring of insulation material directly over the halogen.
A transformer connector charred and melted due to high resistance and high current. Could eventually been the cause of a fire.
Again, Charring of insulation material directly over the halogen.
This one had the halogen installed directly under the beam right over a childs bed. I had to scrape off the charcoal before installing the LED.
And heres a real tinderbox, a forrest of leaves and twigs, good thing the light was never turned on long, an hour would do it!