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LED Downlights Installation Guidelines

Dec 1st 2015 at 1:56 AM

LED downlights are often as easy to install as any normal incandescent light bulb. Most applications involve plugging them into a socket that runs off your mains Alternating Current (AC 110-230V) and because good quality LED lights have their own built-in transformers, it's a plug and play, DIY situation that can be easily and quickly achieved without the need for transformers on every downlight - which is often the irritating case when running halogens. However, it is vitally important to note that there are a few scenarios that require a bit more tinkering in order that your LED Downlights work at an optimal level and don't get damaged in the process.

They are also very cheap and you can source them at any electrical shop. If you've got one, then great - again it's an easy plug and play. However, LED Downlights will NOT run off an Electronic Transformer (or better known in the technical world as "Switch Mode Power Supply"). So - best bet is to get your friendly neighbourhood sparky (electrician) to come in and have a look-see as s/he will be able to identify, source and replace that transformer if required.

It's worth mentioning that you should not run a mix of different lighting technologies on the same 12V circuit as you may experience a drop in illumination of your LED Downlights or they may not turn on at all. With a 12V system it is either all LEDs or all Halogens.

Secondly, if you want to be able to dim your led lights, then you'll need to purchase a dimmable LED Downlight option and have the right dimmer switch installed. A Bell-Push Dimmer Switch is the optimum device used for controlling the increase or decrease of voltage to your dimmable LED Downlights and should be made available to you by your LED Lighting supplier when you make your purchase. LED lights will NOT run well (or at all in some cases) off the old styled Push-Button dimmer switches. Again, like the Magnetic Transformer, a Bell-Push Dimmer switch is both essential and relatively inexpensive to buy.

So, if you require a 12V LED Downlight or a dimmable option (either on AC or DC currents) you'll need to ensure you have a Magnetic Transformer in place or a Bell Push Dimmer Switch installed respectively.

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