After the ban on incandescent bulbs in 2009, the halogen bulb was a good alternative until a few years ago. Adding a halogen bulb quadrupled the bulbs lifespan in some cases and while improving energy efficiency. However, this lighting technology has been replaced with a more advanced alternative: LED light.
The LED bulb has better luminous efficacy, i.e. a better ratio of watts to lumens. Thus, LEDs are more energy efficient and cheaper to operate. Roughly 90% of energy is saved depending on the quality of the bulb. LEDs are also the most environmentally friendly light source on the market due to their lower power consumption, as well as their switching stability and longevity. Due to the spread of LEDs, the price of these modern bulbs has also dropped, so you save instantly.
Which lights up better: halogen or LED?
Individuals who have had good experiences with halogen in the living room will also be pleased with LED. When purchasing an LED bulb, pay close attention to the colour temperature (in Kelvin). Halogen light measures less than 3,300 Kelvin, referred to as warm white.
Unlike conventional light sources, LED bulbs are available in a wide range of light colours, from warm white (<3,300 K) to universal white (3,300 - 5,300 K) to daylight white (>5,300 K). LED bulbs allow you to choose the appropriate light colour according to the surroundings. Another option is the smart bulb, which has colour-changing abilities.
Replacing a halogen bulb with an LED bulb is easy and efficient
Which LED replaces a 50W halogen?
When incandescent bulbs were replaced by halogen bulbs, wattage was no longer a reliable value for determining brightness. The lumen value - the luminous flux of the lamp - is compared to determine the brightness. The power consumption in watts differs significantly depending on the quality of the LED bulbs, and therefore watts no longer have any significance for brightness.
For example, a 28-watt halogen bulb generates approximately 470 lumens. To switch to LED technology, pay attention to the corresponding lumen specification in the instructions or on the product packaging of the LED bulb.
Only conventional incandescent bulbs had a uniform watt-to-lumen ratio.
Are LEDs dimmable like halogen lamps?
All halogen bulbs were dimmable. With LED bulbs, however, you need to make sure you use special dimmable LED bulbs, as not all of them are dimmable.
However, some LED bulbs can do more than "just" be dimmed. Smart light sources such as those from the Philips Hue system allow you to dim or change the colour temperature via a smartphone. In this way, a single light source can provide the ideal light for relaxing, working or partying, at any time.
If an external dimmer has been installed in the room, a dimmable light source should be considered when switching to LED, . It may be necessary to replace the existing transformer with a suitable LED transformer.
For dimmable bulbs and replaceable bulbs
Many floor lamps, e.g. with a G9 socket, also have an integrated dimmer, e.g. on the cord or directly on the lamp base itself. Here you need to make sure you are using a dimmable G9 LED bulb so you can use the integrated dimmer, as not all LED lamps are dimmable, unlike halogen lamps.
LED bulbs with integrated lighting technology and dimmer switch
If you're looking for a new lamp anyway - an uplight, for example - it's worth choosing an LED bulb with fixed built-in light and dimming technology. External dimmers will therefore be unnecessary. You can always find information on the features of the light in question, such as dimming and dimmer included, in the product details.
Do you have questions about dimming, transformers or smart home? Our customer service is always available to advise further.
What is the correct way to dispose of old halogen bulbs?
Halogen lamps, like incandescent lamps - do not belong in the glass container but in a separate container suitable for light sources available at recycling centres or sometimes in supermarkets or lighting shops.
The change from halogen to LED
Switching from halogen to LED is quite simple. These are the special features:
Compatibility: LED bulbs are available for all common sockets
Light color: Cosy, halogen-like light is obtained with <3,300 K
Brightness: compare the lumen value to get the same brightness as with the old bulbs.
Smart home: offering smart bulbs to customise light at any moment
Power consumption: LEDs consume up to 90% less energy with the same light quality
Dimmability: Look out for LED bulbs with the suffix "dimmable"
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