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Replace halogen downlights

50 watt halogen downlights are an older, less-efficient lighting method.

50 watt halogen downlights use a lot of energy for the amount of light they put out. High numbers of downlights are commonly used in small rooms or spaces, thus requiring a lot of unnecessary energy. There are several energy-saving alternatives that provide comparable lighting levels while saving between 30% and 90% of electricity required.

Replace 50 watt halogen downlights with more efficiency lighting models. These include:

  • 35 watt IRC (infrared coated) halogen lamps
  • Micro-fluorescent
  • LED (light emitting diode)

Some models, including the 35 watt ICR halogen lamps and some LED lamps, plug straight into existing globe sockets. There is now a 15W direct replacement Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) that plugs straight into the existing fixture.

Other lamps, including some micro-fluorescents and some LED models, may require an electrician to install the lamps.

50 watt halogen replacements can be purchased from most large hardware stores or from speciality green stores.

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How we calculate this

Replacing 10 X 50W halogen downlights with 35W ICR lights saves a total of 150W per hour. Assuming a business runs its lights for 2000 hours per annum (250 business days X 8.5 hours a day), a total of 300kWh can be saved. Using the Victorian Scope 2 and 3 electricity emissions factor, an annual saving of 411kg CO2-e can be achieved.



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Ivan Correani LED Eco Lighting LED Eco Lighting - Prospect

We've produced a video to show how easy it is to change your halogen downlights to LED downlights.

Please go to our site here: then click on "LED Light Videos" near the top of the right hand menu.

Added 26 Aug 2011 Report this
Ivan Correani LED Eco Lighting LED Eco Lighting - Prospect

LED Lights would probably cost more up front, but would give dramatic savings in the long run. LED comparison calculator is here...

Added 22 Mar 2011 Report this

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