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LED spotlight bulbs are much more energy-efficient than incandescent or halogen spotlight bulbs and last a lot longer too. The most common pin connectors are GU10 and GU5.3 (aka MR16) that operate on 230V or 12V, respectively. LED spotlights are very versatile and can be used for general or accent lighting, depending on things like the beam angle, the CRI (colour rendering index) and the colour temperature of the bulb. If you want to be able to dim your LED spotlights, make sure to choose dimmable LED spotlight bulbs. If you like the way your current spotlighting looks, choose LED spotlight bulbs with similar specifications to your existing ones.
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Why LED spotlights instead of halogen?

The time of halogen spotlights is over, at the latest since the EU ban on halogen. The last stage of the law, which bans the production of halogen spotlights, came into force several years ago. In addition, the products have already been removed from the sales range in some countries. This step is intended to massively reduce energy consumption and boost the purchase of efficient LED lighting. Besides the law, however, there are other reasons for switching from halogen to LED:

LED spotlights instead of banned halogens
LED spotlights replace banned halogens (iStock/Andreas Steidlinger)
  • Compared to halogens, LED spotlights consume up to 90% less electricity - saving you money!
  • You are not exposed to heat emissions, because LED spots do not radiate heat - no matter how long and strong they shine.
  • LED lighting is completely flicker-free - this also applies to spotlights, of course.
  • Compared to halogen spotlights, LED alternatives have a lifespan that is up to ten times longer - this also reduces maintenance and replacement costs enormously! In addition, the purchase price pays itself back in a very short time.
  • LEDs are completely harmless because they do not contain any toxic substances.
  • Switching to LEDs means switching to sustainable lighting, because even during the production of modern light-emitting diodes, less CO2 is needed than with halogens - moreover, the latter, unlike LEDs, are not recyclable.
  • LEDs are the cornerstone of smart lighting: Would you like to control your lamps via smartphone or tablet and create plans for the lighting completely individually? Then you should take a look at our Smart Lighting -category!

 

You can find a detailed comparison between the two light sources in our blog article “Halogen VS. LED”.

LED spotlights installation
Installing LED spotlights (AdobeStock/auremar)

 

How can I replace my halogen spotlight with a LED spotlight?

You want to replace your power-indulging halogen spotlight with an environmentally friendly LED? Great! The change is quite simple - you only need to know which base and voltage your previous spotlight has. You will find suitable filters for both. Furthermore, you can also search for the wattage that your new LED spotlight is to replace.

 

LED spotlight in warm white or cool white?

LED spots are available in many different colour temperatures, you are not bound to the classics warm white and cool white with these illuminants. Depending on the intended use, you can choose the right light colour. With the help of the filter, you can find the right LED spotlight in no time.

 

  • 2,700 K - Extra warm white: A LED spotlight with extra warm white light colour (2,700 Kelvin) is best used wherever a particularly cosy and comfortable atmosphere is required. The colour temperature with a very high red component contributes to a relaxed mood. Products with such a light colour are ideal for lounges or the bedroom.

 

  • 3,000 K - Warm white: The warm white light colour (3,000 Kelvin) has a lower red component and is therefore more suitable for everyday use. To support a cosy atmosphere, warm white LED spotlights are often used as accent lighting in the living room.

 

  • 4,000 K - cool white: The neutral cool white light colour (4,000 Kelvin) enhances concentration and vision. This is why cool white light sources are often used in offices, retail stores or kitchens.

 

  • 6,500 K - daylight white: A LED spotlight with daylight white light colour (6,500 Kelvin) can be used wherever concentration and vision are priorities. Daylight white light offers the greatest contrast between all colours. That is why this colour temperature is often used in healthcare or warehouses.

 

  • 2,200 K - 2,700 K Dim To Warm: These LED spotlights have an extra warm white colour temperature that can be dimmed from 2,700 Kelvin to 2,200 Kelvin. Such a function is particularly practical for all rooms where, depending on the time of day or activity, even more cosiness is to be created. Hotels and restaurants in particular like to use such dimmable LED spots.

 

Are LED spots dimmable?

Yes, there are dimmable LED spotlights - their luminous intensity can be dimmed as desired. You can usually tell from the product description and title whether a product in this category has this capability. In addition, there is a separate category “Dimmable LED Spots

Among the dimmable LED spots, there are various products that come with "Dim to Warm"-technology. With these, you can not only adjust your light intensity but also dim the colour temperature. Thus, a warm white LED spotlight quickly emits an extra warm white light. You can find these products in our category: Dim to Warm LED-lights. There you can then filter according to the base types GU10 or G5.3.   

 

What is the beam angle of LED spotlights?

LED spots are available with different beam angles. These indicate the dispersion of the light in degrees. You choose the angle depending on the room and the purpose for which you want to use the LED spotlight.

 

  • 10°: A small beam angle is optimal for illuminating certain objects. For example, you can use an LED spotlight to highlight a painting or a sculpture.

 

  • 36°: Such a beam angle is suitable as accent lighting for specific areas of a room. This allows you, for example, to illuminate and highlight special corners or merchandise in a restaurant or retail shop.

 

  • 70° - 80°: With this beam angle, you can specifically illuminate corridors, hallways and narrow rooms.

 

  • 120°: This value or higher is ideal for the basic lighting of a room.

 

  • 360°: LED spotlights with this beam angle radiate uniformly all around.

 

How many LED spots per room?

With LED spotlights, you can illuminate a room particularly evenly. For this purpose, several spotlights are used instead of a single ceiling luminaire. To ensure that there is not too little or even too much brightness in the end, a certain amount of planning is required. Before buying and installing the LED spots, you should ask yourself how many products you need for your room. The answer depends on the lumen value that the products you want to use have:

 

  • Bathroom> 500 - 600 lm/m²
  • Living room: 400 - 500 lm/m²
  • Kitchen and bedroom: 300 - 400 lm/m²
  • Hallway: 300 lm/m²
  • Study room: 280 lm/m²
  • Children's room: 140 lm/m²

 

Note> The amount of lumens per square metre is also referred to as “Lux”.

 

Planning the arrangement of LED spots correctly

Now you know the right number of LED spotlights for your room size? Perfect, then you can now start arranging the new luminaires. There are a few things to bear in mind here, because after all, no one wants a ceiling on which the lighting has been criss-crossed.

 

  • The distance from the LED spot to the wall should be so great that the light edge of the luminaire breaks at about three-quarters of the height of the wall. Depending on the beam angle, the distance to the wall is thus between 30 cm and 100 cm.
  • The distance between the individual LED spotlights should be twice as large as the distance to the wall, i.e. between 60 cm and 200 cm.

Tip: Draw the ceiling and mark on a sheet of paper or digitally where the luminaires are to be installed.

 

Which LED spotlight for outdoors?

If you want to use an LED spotlight for outdoor use, it is essential that it has the appropriate protection class. Only in this way can you be sure that your illuminant will withstand the weather conditions. We recommend that you buy outdoor LED spotlights with an IP of at least 65. This number signals to you that the product is both dustproof and waterproof. Depending on where you want to mount your LED spotlight, the IK class should also not be too low to ensure that the spotlight is impact-resistant. LED spotlights for outdoors can be found in our category page: “LED Outdoor Lighting”.

 

Which LED spotlight for the bathroom?

The bathroom is a multifunctional room, where people put on make-up or shave in the morning and take a relaxing bath in the tub in the evening. The LED spotlights have to do justice to all the different uses:

 

  • For basic lighting, it is best to use dimmable LED spotlights. Thanks to their flexibility in terms of light intensity, they can brightly illuminate a bathroom without daylight as well as create a cosy atmosphere for the home spa.
  • For mirror luminaires, we recommend LED spots with high colour rendering. This is especially important when applying make-up, because you should be able to see the colours of lipstick and co. particularly realistically in the mirror.
  • You have a windowless bathroom? No problem, because our range also includes LED spotlights with a daylight white colour temperature.

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