LED Lighting Guide

Energy Efficient LED Downlight Benefits

The Top 8 Reasons to Choose LED Downlights.

  1. LED Downlights reduce your electricity bills.
  2. LED Downlights are a safer lighting option. They only reach temperatures of up to 50°C. Whereas, halogen lamps reach dangerous temperatures of >370°C which can lead to house fires.
  3. Greater choice of colour with three options: warm white, cool white & daylight.
  4. Low maintenance. LED Downlights last about 20 times longer than traditional lights.
  5. LED Downlights are shock resistant and less fragile than traditional globes due to their superior robustness.
  6. LED Downlights are extremely efficient because they can achieve full brightness in microseconds.
  7. LED Downlights reduce the power of your cooling system in summer.
  8. LED Downlights are Eco-friendly and mercury free, eradicating the health and environmental issues associated with the traces of mercury found in various lamps available on the market.

LED Colour Range

Ecoglow’s LED downlight colour range consists of the three most popular colours.

LED color white
LED Color Daylight
LED Color Warm white

Warm white is the colour the general public was once accustomed to, as it is a very similar colour to halogen lamps. However, times have changed and nowadays, the majority of consumers prefer the light output produced by the cool white colour temperature.
Cool white and Daylight LED downlights are bright white colours. The main difference is the light that daylight (6500K) emits has a slight blue tinge and as the name suggests, it provides a true light comparable to the sun.

Colour Range Examples

lounge room with warm white 3000K LED Downlights
A lounge room with warm white 3500k LED Downlights installed.
kitchen with cool white 4000K LED Downlights
A kitchen with cool white 5000k LED Downlights installed.
Color Range Example
A bathroom with daylight 6000k LED Downlights installed.

LED Beam Angle advice

When replacing existing halogen downlights with Ecoglow LED downlights, a 50/60 degree beam angle in our opinion, is the best option. They’re perfect for focusing a beam of light within a particular area and are extremely effective when accompanied by 2 or more downlights within a reasonably close proximity (common in most rooms throughout a house). They assist in achieving maximum brightness throughout the room, whilst minimizing glare in comparison to larger beam angles. 50/60° downlights are ideal for higher ceilings and rooms such as studies, as they provide fantastic lighting at work bench level. Downlights that offer a more direct beam angle are suitable when focusing on a certain point. 15-45 degree beam angle lights create a spot light effect and therefore can be used for decorative purposes and mood lighting.

LED Downlights that contain larger beam angles between 110-120° are designed to offer a greater dispersion of light throughout the room. The 110-120° beam angles effectively push lighting further up the wall, evening the spread of lighting throughout the room. However, in comparison to the 60° beam angle, they’re not as effective when focusing on a specific point. Downlights with beam angles varying between 110-120° are perfect for small rooms such as food pantries and walk in robes.

LED Spacing Advice

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) has set new lighting regulations as of late 2011.

For new homes and renovations, you are only permitted to install:

5 watts per square metre (5W/sqm) of lighting indoors
4 watts per square metre (4W/sqm) of lighting in outdoor areas (including verandas)
3 watts per square metre (3W/sqm) of lighting in garages
E.g. 3 x 4 m indoors room is permitted 5W/sqm.

3 x 4=12M (Sq)

12 x 5w =60w. We are allowed to use a maximum of 60W for this room.

If installing high powered halogen lights, it would be difficult to achieve an acceptable light level.

When installing energy efficient LED lights, the regulations are feasible. Generally when installing LED downlights, it is recommended to install lights 1m from the walls and space the lights between 1.2m and 1.5m apart. Positioning can alter depending on the amount of light required and the design of the room, which should be taken into consideration when planning lighting positioning. E.g. Task areas such as kitchen benches may require smaller spacing between the lights. Some rooms may aesthetically benefit from installing an even number of LED downlights as opposed to an odd number.

Light Per Room Guide

LED light lumens Beam
angle
2 x 3m
room
3 x 3m
room
3 x 4m
room
5 x 4m
room
5 x 5m
room
9W GU10
downlight
 650  60°  3 lights  4 lights  6 lights  6-8 lights  9 lights
15W 12V
downlight
 ≥1000  50°  2 lights  3 lights (We would recommend
choosing a lower
wattage to achieve
an even number of
lights)
 4 lights  6 lights  6-8 lights

What is the difference between
12V and 240V?

12 Volts

Most existing homes with recessed downlights installed use a MR16 connection. This downlight connection runs on a 12V circuit, and requires transformers to drop the voltage level from 240V to 12V.

Many new homes now use a GU10 connection especially when installing LED downlights. This downlight connection runs on a 240V circuit and therefore does not require transformers. Transformers and LED downlight drivers draw power as well as the light, therefore 240V downlights are more energy efficient.

12V connections can be recognised by the two vertical pins at the end of the downlight.

240V connections can be recognised by the two vertical plugs at the end of the downlight.

240V circuit

Ecoglow LED globes and LED candle globes are connected to a 240V circuit and are available in two connection types; Edison screw fitting and Bayonet push-and twist fitting.

An Edison connection can be recognised by the screw fitting at the end of the globe. Ecoglow stocks the E27 size, commonly found on globes used for ceilings or lamps.

A Bayonet connection can be recognised by the two horizontal side pins at the end of the globe. Ecoglow stocks the B22 size, which is also commonly found on globes used for ceilings or lamps.

Can you replace your existing halogen downlights and incandescent globes with Ecoglow LED’s?

Ecoglow LED globes with a bayonet or Edison connection are retrofit and therefore can directly replace your existing Edison screw and Bayonet fittings.

Ecoglow 240V LED downlights are retrofit and can directly replace your halogen GU10 lamps. If you are converting your down lights from 12V to 240V, electrical work must be performed by a qualified electrician.