Replacing halogen by LED

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Replacing halogen by LED

Did you know that, in September 2018, all halogen lamps were banned in the European Union?

It was estimated that by 2018 there were still around 500 million halogen lamps in use throughout Europe. If all these lamps were replaced by LED alternatives, each household would save an average of around €50 on an annual basis. This would also save enough energy to power 11 million households!

Advantages LED lighting

LED lamps have a longer lifespan than halogen lamps, which means you can quickly recoup the higher entry-level price. You will hardly believe it, but one LED lamp lasts on average as long as 35 halogen lamps. In addition to the longer life span, an LED lamp also consumes considerably less electricity. Compared to a halogen lamp, an LED lamp consumes on average up to 80% less electricity.

Another important advantage of LED lighting compared to halogen lamps is that LEDs hardly heat up. This means less waste of energy (70-80% is lost in heat with a halogen lamp), but also an end to burned fingers when replacing a lamp. Pretty nice.

What should you pay attention to?

When buying a halogen lamp we always looked at the wattage. With LED lighting, the number of watts is less important and one mainly looks at the number of lumens. lumen is a unit for the luminous intensity of a lamp. Read our blog about lumen for an extensive explanation.

Another important consideration in the step to LED lighting is choosing the right light colour. The colour of the light of a lamp is indicated in Kelvin (K). A low colour temperature of 2000-3000K gives a warm white light. At the other end of the spectrum we have daylight white. This falls between 4600 and 6500K and has a more bluish tint. In between there is a neutral light colour.

Step-by-step halogen replacement by LED

Step 1: Determine which halogen bulbs you have. The fitting and the voltage are important. A fitting is suitable for 12V or 230V. Also look at the wattage of the lamp. Based on the wattage you can calculate the number of lumens you need. Consult the table in our blog about lumen.

Step 2: Choose the right colour temperature. Are you satisfied with the colour of your halogen bulbs? Then choose an LED lamp with a light colour between 2000 and 3000K. Do you want a less yellowish light colour? Then choose a higher colour temperature.

Step 3: Choose whether you want to go for dimmable lighting. Contrary to a halogen lamp, a LED lamp is not dimmable by definition. So when ordering a lamp, check carefully whether it is dimmable or non-dimmable.

Here a selection of our most popular bulbs:



With the information you collected (fitting, voltage, wattage/lumen, light colour, dimmability) you will find the perfect LED replacement. Do you need help with this? Don't hesitate to contact one of our employees. You can call us on +31 (0)85 303 0027 or send an email to [email protected]. During the day you can also ask your question via the Live-chat in our shop.


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