Common LED Lighting Questions

Below are a list of the most common LED lighting questions we are asked. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us.

What is LED lighting?

LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode. LED lights and tubes use diodes instead of gases or heated filaments to produce light, making them the most energy efficient lighting option available.


Are LED globes safe?

Yes, LED downlight globes emit 90% less heat than halogen globes. They reduce fire risk because they operate at a much lower temperature. They do not contain mercury or other harmful gases or emit any harmful UV rays.


Why should I change from halogen globes to LED downlight globes?

Halogen downlights use outdated an inefficient technology. A typical halogen downlight will cost $25 in electricity to run each year. In comparison an equivalent LED will cost $3 in electricity to run each year. That’s why all new houses and extensions now use LEDs.

LED lights are highly energy efficient and produce high quality light with little heat. They produce 90% less heat compared to halogen globes; therefore saving on household cooling. LED lights are an eco-friendly form of lighting as less energy used means less CO2 emissions.


Can you install LEDs if I don’t already have downlights?

Unfortunately no. Under the Victorian Energy Saver Incentive, we can only offer free installation and discounted globes to customers whom already have existing halogen downlights.


How to calculate the cost of running a light globe?

To calculate the cost of running a light globe, multiply the globe wattage by the hours used, then divide by 1,000 and multiply by your local energy cost per kWh;

eg. the cost of running one halogen light bulb is:
50w x 5.5 hours divided by 1,000 x $0.25kWh = $0.068 per day ($ 25.09 per year).

Compare that to the cost of running one LED:
6W x 5.5 hours divided by 1,000 x $0.25kWh = $0.0008 per day ($ 3.01 per year).


What are the benefits of changing to LEDs?

LED lights are energy efficient, they reduce power consumption by up to 89%* compared to halogen globes. They are cost effective, durable and have a long lifespan. They generate little heat compared to halogen globes. Embertec LED downlight globes come with a four year warranty.


Do LED globes cost more than halogen globes?

Investing in Embertec LED downlight globes will ensure energy savings and the globes will pay for themselves in just over a year through savings on energy bills. Embertec LED downlight globes have a lifespan of over 18 years*.


Is it difficult to replace halogen downlight globes with LED downlight globes?

Replacing your halogen globes with energy efficient LED downlight globes is easy. The Embertec LED downlight globe is designed to fit standard halogen fittings. All LED downlights will be installed by an A Grade licensed electrician.


Can my LED globes be used with a dimmer?

Yes, Embertec have specific LED downlight globes to work with dimmers. We can also convert your light switches to dimmable switches for an additional fee.


How long will my LED downlight globe last?

Embertec LED downlight globes have a lifespan of over 18 years* and are a high-quality Australian designed product.


What qualifications do the installers have?

Our chosen installation partners will use licensed electricians to install Embertec LED downlight globes.


Do Embertec LED downlight globes come with a warranty?

Yes, Embertec LED downlight globes come with a four year warranty.


What will happen to my old halogen globes?

The used halogen globes will be taken away for you and recycled; this ensures that the globes will not go into landfills, thus preventing the mercury contained in some globes harming the environment.


*Calculations are based on: 1. Lifecycle tests approved by the VEET Scheme. 2. Replacing 50 watt halogen down light globes with 5.4 watt Embertec LED down light globes. 3. The estimated ESC carbon abatement factors for the products used. 4. The Victorian greenhouse gas coefficient as at July 2011.