LED downlights are a popular lighting solution for many homes. They are simple, bright and customisable (available in various finishes, colour temperatures, and beam angles). Plus, since they're powered with LED technology, they're energy-efficient, long-lasting and have an excellent lumens output.
If you have downlights in your home, it’s critical to know how to remove them so you can effortlessly replace the bulbs when they start to dim. It's relatively easy, and you don't need anything but a ladder! Still, if you're unsure and you plan to swap out several downlight bulbs, you can always call for an electrician.
Types of LED Downlight
Generally, there are three types of downlights, each requiring different bulb removal methods from their holder. Therefore, knowing the type of downlight you’re replacing is necessary before removing the bulb. The three types are:
- Spring Clips
- Twist Faceplate
- Removable Faceplate
Removing an LED Downlight Bulb
As mentioned before, since there are three types of downlights, you must first identify what kind you have. When you nail it down, that's the only time you can move to the next steps.
Replacing a Downlight Bulb with Spring Clips
This type of downlight is pretty easy to switch out the bulbs. Here are the steps to guide you!
- Pinch the two protruding parts of the downlight clip and carefully remove them.
- There are three possible outcomes that you can expect after. The bulb will slightly drop out, allowing you to smoothly remove the bulb, or nothing will happen. In that case, you'll need to gently pull the bulb out, or you may need to turn it counterclockwise to release.
- After, you can extract the downlight bulb from the holder.
- Get your replacement downlight bulb, insert it into the holder and follow the steps above in reverse to finish the job.
Taking Out a Downlight Bulb with Twist Faceplate
To remove the bulb from a downlight with a twist faceplate, here are the steps you need to follow.
- Twist the faceplate of your downlight socket but ensure that you support the downlight to prevent it from dropping.
- To remove the LED downlight bulb from the fixture, unlock the clip and unscrew the bulb.
- Grab your new bulb, twist it in and reattach the metal clips.
- Then, refasten your twisting faceplate, and you're good to go!
Swapping Out a Downlight Bulb with Removable Faceplate
When replacing the bulb of a removable faceplate downlight, the first part can be a bit tricky. However, once you finish step one, the rest is simple.
- The first thing you need to do is remove the faceplate from the downlight socket. You can either use your fingernails or a thin, flat object like a screwdriver or knife. When you do this, be careful not to damage any part of the downlight.
- You must either unclip the downlight bulb from the faceplate or remove it from the socket.
- Take your new downlight bulb, insert it, put your fitting back into your ceiling and reattach the removable faceplate. Once you’re done, you can sit back and relax with your newly replaced downlights!
Tips When Changing Your Downlight Bulbs
Removing and replacing your downlight bulbs are reasonably easy, no matter which type you have in your home. Remember to follow these tips to make the process more fluid and safer!
Never Forget to Switch Off the Power
The first step when changing your downlight bulbs, whichever type you have, is to switch off your light's power. Guarantee that you do this before anything else to ensure your safety.
For extra precaution, instead of just turning off the light switch, it's more sensible to cut off the electricity in that area from the fuse box or circuit breaker. Also, if you're living with someone, leave a note saying that you purposefully switched off the breaker to replace your bulbs.
Use a Ladder
LED downlights are flushed against your ceiling, so they can be pretty high up. Using a ladder will guarantee safety and stability as you replace your bulbs. Don't step on your furniture or countertops because you never know how much weight they can take or if the surfaces are slip-free!
Hiring an Electrician to Change Your Downlight Bulbs
Although it's somewhat straightforward to change your downlight's bulb, if you're not confident to do it on your own or the bulb is stuck in the socket, call for an electrician. Even if you're paying extra, at least you won't risk your safety and all the people living in your home.
Downlight Installation Cost
On average, the fixture and installation of downlights are about £300 – £500. However, it still depends on how many downlights you'll mount and the complexity of the procedure. Of course, the numbers can go down if you plan to do the installation yourself (that is, if you're qualified).
You can expect to pay somewhere between £20 - £75 per downlight for installation and supply. Nevertheless, some suppliers can offer you less. You just need to research and ask around before you buy.
Considerations Before Buying Downlights
There are a variety of downlights that you can choose from. Because of this, buying becomes more complicated. So, before you decide, you must think about a few things.
First, what do you need? Choose a downlight that will tick all your requirements. If you think your checklist is met, consider whether it will benefit your intended space. Second, downlights are necessary, so you'll mostly use them six to eight hours a day.
Getting an energy-efficient fixture will allow you to enjoy your lights without worrying about how much they will add to your electricity bill. Third, think of the quality. Flicker-free lights are a must. Paying a bit more (not too much) for excellent quality lights is worth it than settling for a bad one that can eventually take a toll on you.
It's never too late to learn how to change your downlight bulbs. It's simple, quick and easy! Regardless, make sure you're extra careful by using a ladder and switching off your power before proceeding.
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