The Dangers of Halogen Downlights
Incorrectly Installed Downlights Are A Fire Hazard
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.
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.