Upgrading an Old Halogen Floodlight

Help! We have an old, hot, ugly, and LOUD halogen light above our garage door. What can we do about this and should we upgrade to an LED light?

Absolutely, swapping out your halogen light for a more energy-efficient LED floodlight is a great idea. Here’s how you can proceed with the replacement:

Tools and Materials You’ll Need:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Wire strippers
  • Wire nuts
  • Voltage tester
  • Ladder (if needed)

Steps to Replace the Halogen Light with an LED Floodlight:

  1. Turn Off Power: Before you begin, turn off the power to the existing halogen light at the circuit breaker to ensure your safety.
    NOTE: Always test the voltage of every wire before touching it to ensure the power is actually off. A Voltage Detector Pen is a great tool for this.
  2. Remove Old Fixture:
    • Use a screwdriver to remove any screws or mounting hardware that holds the halogen light in place.
    • Gently disconnect the wiring from the halogen light. There are usually three wires: black (hot), white (neutral), and green or bare copper (ground). Carefully disconnect them by unscrewing wire nuts and separating the wires.
  3. Prepare the Wiring for the New Fixture:
    • Strip about ½ inch of insulation from the ends of the black, white, and green/bare copper wires from both the electrical box and the new LED floodlight fixture.
  4. Connect the New Fixture:
    • Connect the wires: Match the color-coded wires together – black to black, white to white, and green/bare copper to the grounding screw or wire.
    • Secure the connections with wire nuts and wrap them with electrical tape for added safety.
    • Attach the LED floodlight fixture to the electrical box using the provided mounting hardware.
  5. Test the New Fixture:
    • Turn the power back on at the circuit breaker.
    • Flip the light switch to test if the new LED floodlight is working properly. Make sure it illuminates as expected.
  6. Adjust and Secure:
    • Adjust the position of the LED floodlight to ensure it’s illuminating the desired area effectively.
    • Tighten any screws or bolts to secure the fixture in place.
  7. Dispose of Old Bulbs and Fixture:
    • Safely dispose of the old halogen light bulbs and fixture according to your local regulations. Halogen bulbs contain gas and can be hazardous if broken.

Recommended LED Floodlight Features:

  • Lumens: Choose a LED floodlight with around 1000-1500 lumens for a good balance of brightness and energy efficiency.
  • Color Temperature: Opt for a color temperature (measured in Kelvin) that suits your preference. Around 3000K-4000K provides a warm white light ideal for outdoor spaces.
  • Weather Resistance: Ensure the floodlight is rated for outdoor use and is weather-resistant to withstand rain, wind, and other elements.

For a great example of a modern, bright LED floodlight with some bells and whistles that won’t break the bank, check out this Adjustable LED Flood Light.

Swapping out the halogen light for an LED floodlight is a relatively straightforward project. However, if you’re not comfortable working with electrical wiring, it’s always a good idea to consult a professional electrician to ensure a safe installation. Enjoy your improved lighting and bug-free nights!