Welcome to the Low Energy, LED Downlights section.
Here you can find our pick of the best LED downlights available today!
Our range includes a wide selection of low energy downlights and bulbs for low voltage downlights (MR16) and mains voltage (GU10 downlights) but this page contains just the most popular LED downlights, sold as a kit, with the downlight unit and matching LED spot light bulb. Currently the brightest and best 'fit-and-forget' option are the dimmable Elan downlight kits which have a massive 540 lumen output and are a much better all-round alternative to high-energy 50w halogen downlights.
Alaska downlights from tp24 are supplied with either a 2.5w or 3.5w LED cluster bulb. These bulbs spread their light over a wide area as they have a beam angle of approximately 100 degrees. They are available in white, satin silver and chrome with an IP65 option available.
The lower wattage means that these downlights are not quite as bright as the higher wattage alternatives, but they are still perfectly adequate.
As with all light fittings manufactured by tp24 these fittings will only accept L1 bulbs which will limits the choice of bulbs available to you to bulbs from the same company.
Elan downlights are fire-rated, fully dimmable 10w LED units. They have an integrated COB LED module that produces a brighter light than most 50w halogen bulbs.
For the best product life and heat management the included LED driver is separated from the LED module. This also means that the units are quite short and can be installed with a ceiling void as small as 6cm. The manufacturer provides a 7 year guarantee.
A range of finishes are available including white, chrome, brushed nickel, brass and black. The non-tilting versions are IP65 rated (suitable for bathrooms) and both tilt and non-tilt are available with warm and cool white LEDs.
GU10 downlights kits are a convenient way to purchase a downlight unit and a dimmable LED lamp together. We include Sun-Star GU10 LED bulbs, which some of the brightest and most compatible dimmable GU10 LED bulbs available.
All the downlight units are fire rated and available in fixed and tilt versions with finishes of white, chrome, brushed nickel and brass. The bulbs we supply in these kits produce a warm white light.
These kits make it easy to make sure that the LED bulbs will be bright enough and fit correctly into the downlight.
In addition to the LED downlights that are shown above, you could also consider buying a downlight unit without a bulb, and a seperate LED spot bulb. This would give you more choice of lamp styles and power levels.
How much energy will I save by using LED downlights?
Lets get straight to it - if you're currently have a room with 12 x 50w halogen downlights in it, and you swap them for e.g. 6w LED downlights, then you will save around £10 per year, per downlight - that's a whopping £120 per year!
To work that out, we used our energy saving calculator, to take into account the cost of replacement bulbs, and the cost of electricity, assuming that you run the lights for an average of 5 hours per day.
LED downlights are currently the most efficient, downlight you can buy. LED light bulbs use much, much less power than traditional incandescent or halogen bulbs. They even use quite a lot less than fluorescent low energy bulbs, which have been around for some time. LED downlights have also been available for some time now, but until 2011 they were generally either very expensive, or not very bright.
Here at My Green Lighting, we have always tried to recommend products that are worth buying and that do the job you want them to. Previously LED downlights might have been super efficient, but if they generally leave you in the dark, then there's not much point at all.
Those days are gone, and now LED bulbs are worth purchasing. Their pay-back time from the money you will save on your electricity bill compared with halogen spot lights is very small indeed. There's also no need to live in the gloom either - the current crop of LED spot light bulbs are very bright indeed, flooding your room with light.
We currently recommend the 10w Elan downlight if you are replacing the whole downlight unit or installing for the first time. At 540 lumens it is one of the brightest options which can also be dimmed depending on the mood. It is easily comparable to a 50w halogen in light output and the COB LED technology even looks similar to a halogen reflector bulb.
If you are looking for the best GU10 bulb option for your existing downlights we have a wide selection including 6.8w dimmable GU10's at very reasonable prices. Have a look at the full range of GU10 LED bulbs.
Dimmable LED spot light bulbs - are they worth considering?
Dimmable LED spot bulbs are now worth considering. They may be a little more expensive than the non dimming type, but they now give you the same output with the added option of being able to set the mood if you so wish.
Equally if you have 'soft start' (really these are a form of dimmer switch) or some electronic switches then you might want to consider dimmable LED bulbs instead of the non dimming type, which would probably be damaged by your soft start switches.
Good examples of these bulbs are:
We also have dimmable downlights kits available including the dedicated low energy Elan downlight to make your choice easier.
Can I buy these LED spot light bulbs separately for use in my other light fittings?
Yes you can. We have a variety of LED GU10 bulbs available from 'retro-fit' (same physical size as a halogen bulb) to some which are longer than the standard 55mm bulb so you should be able to make a direct replacement in any GU10 based light fitting for instance savings on your electricity bill.
Some of the longer bulbs also mean that you can convert your fluorescent downlights into LED downlights very easily - check the dimensions listed with each product.
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