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LED Lighting Upgrades

We specialise in upgrading halogen and incandescent lighting systems to longer-lasting, energy-efficient LED systems. We have the expertise and resources to work with almost any lighting fittings, delivering LED upgrades that last longer, reduce costs, and save energy. Continue reading below to learn more about the benefits of LED light bulbs and book your lighting upgrade with PASLR today!

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Thinking of upgrading to LED light bulbs but don’t know where to start?

Our team of qualified and experienced electricians understands exactly what’s involved and what you need to consider when making lighting upgrades.

Read on to find out the difference between LEDs and halogen lighting, and discover the benefits of LED upgrades for your home.

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What is the difference between halogen light and LEDs?

The main difference between LED and halogen bulbs is the power-saving properties of LED lighting. For the same output of light, LED lamps generally use less power and less wattage than halogen light bulbs. Furthermore, LEDs can also last up to ten times longer than halogen lamps.

What are the benefits of LED lights?

There are many benefits to consider when switching your halogen or incandescent lighting to LEDs, such as:

  • Longevity – When you purchase LED lighting, what you’re paying for is longevity. By investing in a quality lighting solution with good energy efficiency and long life, you can save money, time, and energy spent on your lighting in the long run! However, not all LEDs are created equal, so it’s important not only to buy a reputable brand that provides warranties and support but also to be aware that each manufacturer will have different qualities of fittings in their range.
  • Power saving – The energy used can be up to half as much as halogen.
  • Maintenance costs – Because your lamps last longer, your maintenance costs will be lower as you’re replacing them less frequently. We only use reputable brands with warranties and lifespan guarantees so, in some cases, your lamps won’t need replacing for years.
  • Exceptional lighting – LEDs have improved over the years and a good quality lamp will have excellent diffusing techniques and will spread the light evenly, ensuring they’re not irritating to look at.

Can halogen lights be replaced with LED?

Yes, they can. In some circumstances, you can simply change the lamp, and in others, you may need to change the fitting.

Did you know? Many buildings use halogen lamps in their floodlights. These traditionally have a 1,000-hour lifespan but are susceptible to damage due to vibrations from traffic and the elements. As a result, many of them never reaching their full lifespan. Halogen floodlights can easily be replaced with LEDs, which are more durable and reliable. To learn more, explore our post covering. Read our 8 reasons why LED is the best choice for security lighting.

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Can I use my existing fittings?

When getting an LED lighting upgrade, should you also change your existing fittings? Often, the quality of your LED lamps is only as good as the driver and the light fittings. When an LED lamp fails, it is often the controller that has failed in the first instance, and the lamp is simply unable to work.

If you’re serious about the longevity of your LEDs and reducing unnecessary maintenance, the key is ensuring you have the correct components from a reputable supplier and manufacturer.

As a general rule, some common LED lamps can fit into a bayonet or Edison screw fitting. For some LED bulb designs, however, you will need to change the transformer to ensure it is compatible. Often the transformer sits in the ceiling, so you may need to consider the amount of work involved and ensure you’ve got the right components before you get started.

How do you choose colour and brightness?

LED lamps and fittings are measured in lumen to determine their relative brightness, and lux to determine how much light will reach the surface you’re illuminating. Colour Rendering Index (CRI) measures how faithfully colours are represented under your light source.

We use an assortment of LEDs, traditionally within the CRI range of 83 to 86, with 83 being a warmer, softer tone and 86 a much cooler, sharper white. Different colours will work better in different situations. For example:

  • Doctors’ surgeries often opt for a pure white look which you will get with an 86.
  • Office workspaces may be better suited to an 84.
  • Boutique shops, that are after a softer look, could go for an 83.

Often, people think that changing your lamps from a colour 84 to a colour 86 will give you a brighter light, but it’s actually an optical illusion, as the same amount of light is being delivered.

Sometimes the light fixtures above office desks can be too bright and hard on the eyes, especially when users are moving from the screen to the desk, but factoring in the correct level of light for desk work is also important. The solution to this might be to install a softer or warmer light, which will have the same level of illumination but feel more comfortable, and it’s as simple as changing the lamps rather than removing the fittings for another type of lighting.

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