September 10th, 2011

Glowing LED

Switching to LED

Three years ago, I did some calculations on swapping out the 50W halogen spots in the extension for LED equivalents. We did buy a few types to try them out, but none of them were to our liking: either the light was too cold, or it had a sickly greenish hue which gave people a ghoulish complexion. So while we had three various lamps hanging around, we didn't switch over completely.

But a few months back, we went to Het Groene Hert, an ecology store in the city centre that had recently been opened. There we saw a whole display of LED spots and we thought we could try one out and see what it was like -- the ad copy on the box said something about a 'natural colour'. And by coincidence, the person who runs the company that supplies these spots came by and we had a little chat about it. It ended with us taking one of the spots with us (with 3 2W Cree LEDs) to see how we'd like it.
We've had that one plugged in for a few months now, and we liked it. And since the halogen spots were failing one by one, I ordered 13 additional spots. Yes, it's a rather large investment, but it's worth it.
Yesterday the owner came by to drop the spots off. He also pointed out that he had replacements for the 12V halogen spots we have over the dining table -- so we got an additional five spots of those too. Today I did a complete replacement -- all halogen spots in the living have been replaced by LEDs.

The light is just a tad more 'bluish' and it seems like they're a tad less bright than the halogens -- but these are the best LED spots I've ever seen. Certainly good enough to get rid of the halogens and save EUR 20 per month in electricity!

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You can see some color difference (I didn't do any sort of colour correction on these photos, of course) but it's certainly within tolerances! I'm very pleased with the result, and especially with the savings.