The Dangers Of Halogen Downlights

The Dangers of Halogen Downlights

Incorrectly Installed Downlights Are A Fire Hazard

Across New Zealand, hundreds of homes have been damaged by the improper installation of Halogen Downlights.
There are still millions of these lights installed, many/most of which are incorrectly installed and are a disaster waiting to happen.
We have seen a lot of situations where a wooden pillar or roof support has been halfway removed to permit the establishment of a downlight fitting, and the timber dark and scorched because of the light being so close.
Here is a few things to consider about replacing you Halogen downlights to LED’s.



Halogen lights are possibly the most unsafe lights available. They are constantly burning at around 300 deg C. If anyone in your family was to come in contact with these lights while the lights are on, they are bound to burn themselves. This hazard can also affect any debris in your roof such as leaves, dust or old insulation. This can be a fire risk especially if the lights haven’t been installed correctly. 


After about 5 year’s the reliability of Halogen lights can greatly reduce. This is because there are 3 parts to every light- Globe, Lead and Transformer. While the globe can be changed by a homeowner the lead and transformer must be changed by an electrician. This can be an expensive undertaking if you need to get an electrician in multiple times.


Each halogen bulb is 50w and puts out an average of 500 lumens. This output can be achieved by about 6 watts of LED- about 85% more efficient.


Halogen lights only have a 60 deg beam angle, this means they rarely cover the entire room and will leave shadowing in corners of the room. LED’s can fix this because the have a much wider beam angle.

 Get in touch with us now and find out what we can do about your Halogen Downlights

Contact us now to talk about replacing your Halogen Downlights

Before any more dammage is caused to your home, get in touch and we can provide pricing to replace you halogen downlights.

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LED Lighting

Led Lighting: An energy efficient way to light your home or office

LED lighting has come leaps and bounds since it was first introduced, LED’s are becoming cheaper, more efficient and produce a larger ranger of high quality colours then every before. Days of expensive and traditional lighting are over. They are now become replaced by LED lights, which are energy efficient, bright and long-lasting. Upgrading tradition lighting fixtures to LED’s are just a start of what is possible.

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Benefits you can enjoy by installing led lights

· Energy efficiency & Long life – LED lights are the most energy efficient lights that are available on the market. They can be 80-90% more efficient than regular bulbs and last up to 15x longer than traditional incandescent. When fitting new lights or downlights most LED options can come with at least a 3 year warranty with some high end products providing a 7 year warranty! Your new LED lights will generally pay themselves off over the first 2 years (via power savings).

· Colour choice – When LED Lights first came on the market there was only a bright white colour available, this was good for offices but terrible for your home. LED lighting can now come is any colour imaginable. Did you know that colour temperature is actually what makes light feel warm or cool? – a lower colour temperature produces a warmer, more relaxing light and a higher colour temperature emits a cooler, more energizing light. LED technology makes it possible to enjoy LED without sacrificing the light quality you are used to.

· Quality of Light – A Quality LED light is evident by its high color rendering value, meaning colors remain true and natural. Incandescent or Halogen lights will change their colour temperature during there lifetime. This added to a short life time can leave your home or office with lights that are not the perfect color match with each other. LED lights will remain the same colour through their entire life cycle.

· Dimmable – Being able to adjust your light source means you’re able to create the perfect atmosphere in your home, anytime. Warm, bright, dim and cozy high end LED lights with quality dimmers can dim right down to 1% output. You can get LED lights which can dim and colour to imitate sunset or sunrise over a set time (for example as you fall asleep, or as a gentle wake up). There are also multi-coloured ranged like Phillips Hue which can dim and change colours to create endless lighting options in your home.

Contact us for all LED light Installation questions.

If you are interested in LED lighting, you can contact us at Ripple Electrical. Our expert Electricians will offer you an effective LED light installation in Auckland, NZ. With our years of experience, we will help you with everything required to upgrade you home or office to LED and start enjoying the benefits. Call us to get started!

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