Did you know that from the 1st September 2021, the sale of halogen lighting will be made illegal as per new government legislation? This means that all lighting will need to be replaced with LEDs.
LED lighting uses less power than traditional lighting sources such as incandescent, halogen and fluorescent while still being able to project the same amount of light, carrying many environmental benefits and helping you save money by cutting your electricity bill!
While the transition is straightforward for ordinary lamps (light bulbs), there are a few more steps that need to be taken for dimmable lamps and MR16 lighting.
We fully understand that this can be a frustrating situation for a lot of people, making long term changes is not always easy, that’s why we are here to help you make a smooth transition.
If a dimmable LED lamp is connected to a dimmer switch designed for older halogen and incandescent lamps, the lamp will flicker and buzz. This is because the minimum wattage of older dimmers is higher than the wattage of most LED lamps, e.g., your older dimmer switch takes a minimum wattage of 40W when your new dimmable LED lamp uses only 9W of power.
The solution is easy, simply replace the dimmer module itself with an LED compatible dimmer module. LED dimmer modules tend to have a lower minimum wattage with the lowest being 0W and will eliminate any flickering and buzzing that may occur. Alternative solutions include replacing the entire dimmer switch or converting to an ordinary on/off switch.
MR16 and Other Transformer Powered Lighting
LED MR16 lamps regardless of their ability to dim can have the same issue as dimmable LED lamps when simply replaced. This is because of the transformer that is used to illuminate your lamps. The issue is the same as with dimmer switches; the minimum wattage of your transformer is higher than the wattage of your LED lamps.
There are 2 solutions, either you can replace the transformers with LED drivers or the need for drivers and transformers can be eliminated altogether by having your lighting connected straight to the mains and replacing your MR16 lampholders with GU10 lampholders.
To find out what is the best solution for you and your home, speak to your electrician.
Please seek the advice of a qualified electrician if you are ever unsure or unconfident about undertaking any electrical work yourself. Any attempt to carry out electrical work unqualified and without competence can lead to serious injury or even death. We at Light & Power Solutions Ltd. will not be held liable for any damages or injuries that may occur when undertaking such work.