Household lighting

You can change your lighting and start saving

Positive Charge has partnered with a lighting installer, who can replace 12V halogen downlights, as part of the Victorian Energy Saver Incentive scheme (also known as Victorian Energy Efficiency Target or VEET).

LED downlights use a fraction of the amount of electricity of old fashioned halogen lights. They also stay cool, so in summer you don’t have to crank up your air conditioning to combat the heat coming from your lights!

Positive Charge is a social enterprise, with a mission and purpose to deliver carbon emission reductions at scale across a number of local government areas. The enterprise was set up with support from Social Traders and an investment from the Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL). Our core mission is to reduce greenhouse gases, and we remain sustainable and viable through revenue generated from Council subscription fees and income from supplier management fees through the delivery of projects such as bulk-buy programs.

Are the downlight replacements free?

In some instances you may be able to get your halogen light globes for free and only have to pay a call out fee. Talk to the Positive Charge team to see if you are eligible.

Are the LEDs as bright as the halogen lights?

50W halogen downlights in the ceiling typically output 500 or more lumens (brightness) with a beam angle of around 60 degrees. Our supplier’s commitment to ensuring quality means that their 7W LED downlights output a minimum of 500 lumens with a wide 65 degree beam angle, resulting in equal or improved lighting in your home. You may have seen inferior LED downlights that output between 200 and 400 lumens, with a beam angle of just 30-35 degrees, resulting in dim and uneven light but by going through our supplier you can rest assured that you are getting a quality product. Unfortunately if you have already installed the inferior lights our supplier is not able to replace them for free. You can request a quote for these if you choose.

I thought it was best to remove the existing transformers?

Earlier LED downlights often interfered with transformers, meaning that it was advisable to remove the transformers, before replacing the globes. Thankfully the LED technology has advanced in the last 2-3 years, meaning that this is no longer the case in most households. However, in some cases you may find that your transformers are not compatible with our supplier’s LED downlights.

If you are considering topping up or installing ceiling insulation it is advisable to remove the old transformers (even if they are connected to LEDs), so that there is no risk associated with placing insulation over the transformer and no need to have a hole in your insulation to accommodate the transformer. If you’re not sure how best to proceed feel free to give the Positive Charge team a call on 1300 23 68 55.

Are they warm lights?

The 3000K warm white colour is available for the free LED upgrade as it best replicates the colour of the halogen downlights and therefore is the best direct replacement in the upgrade.