There are a lot of flyers showing up in mailboxes recently offering FREE LEDs with unlimited replacements, installed for around $33. These offers always look good at first glance, but are they too good to be true? And if so, what are the hidden costs?
When you look a bit closer, you’ll see that these offers usually only cover the cost of replacing just the globe and not the whole fitting. It’s OK to do this, but there are some things you need to consider before replacing just the globe. They are:
You are still using the existing old transformers, which:
Can cause lights to flicker due to power mismatches between the fitting and the globe
May draw more power than you think - some of these old transformers use as much (or more) power than the new globe – so effectively you’re using double the energy!
Do not extend the life of the fitting - the old transformer may give out at anytime
Can create problems when dealing with warranty claims as you need to be 100% sure that it is the globe that has failed
Often the globe-only-offers provide fittings that may be:
Yellow (warm white) in color, rather than a neutral (whiter) color which is the color temperature used in the majority of homes
Lower in light output than leading LED suppliers recommend
Not compatible with your current dimmers
We recommend you upgrade the whole fitting. Purchase your new fittings from leading Australian-based lighting suppliers and arrange for these to be installed by your own local, trusted installer. Why is this a better option?
You can choose the style and type of fitting that best suits your home and they should not need replacing for many, many years. For different areas/rooms you could consider:
Whether you need more or less light, different colour temperatures etc (warm white for bedrooms, cool white for kitchens)
If the fittings should be dimmable
The colour of fitting itself - there are quite a few options available, most popular of which are white and chrome
You are covered for a replacement under warranty
The new style LED downlights block air from escaping into your roof cavity, so you save on cooling and heating costs as well
Why use my own installer? Not only will you have a fresh look and all the advantages of new lights, there are other reasons to get to know your local installer:
You have their number on speed dial if there is an issue
Warranty issues are more likely to be handled quickly
Your local installer has your best interests in mind and can identify, discuss and fix any issues with old wiring or other potential safety concerns, without having to go through a third-party
Installing new lights gives you the flexibility to choose exactly what kind of lighting you need
It may cost a little more, but that little bit extra will mean that you end up with the right lighting outcome backed by your local installer. And that’s a small price to pay for peace of mind!