Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


57 posts

Master Geek

#293483 25-Jan-2022 12:37
Send private message

We have just moved into a house that has old incandescent downlights which are open through to the roof space therefore they are inefficient and letting all the warmth escape the house into the roof in the winter. I am wanting to replace them with something can can fit into the existing cutouts (100mm) and that I can then go and put insulation over the top of. There are also a few in the soffits I will replace with LED at the same time




  • Suit 100mm cutout
  • Fully Sealed eg minimum IP44 - Most LED seem to be
  • IC-F rated including driver
  • Dimmable
  • Quantity needed approx 20

In the past I have used Visionary Technologies - Apollo Eon  Downlights and got them for under $27 each, they have been excellent and I can't find anything of similar quality around this price point, the problem is they only sell to registered electricians and I am having trouble finding a local sparkie who is willing order these for me without either wanting to install them also or add on a ridiculous markup.


Is anyone aware of any similar downlights that won't break the bank? or an electrician that might be happy to assist me ordering these?




Also looking for advise for lighting in the bathrooms, currently the bathrooms have a heat/light/fan combo in the centre of the room with a 50w halogen + 2 heat lamps. I'm planning to replace the halogen with a GU10 LED, but also wanting to provide some additional lighting over the vanities, as there is no cabling in the walls, i'm thinking a smaller downlight above the vanities might be the easiest approach?

Create new topic
18592 posts

Uber Geek


  #2856072 25-Jan-2022 12:55
Send private message

On this thread I was recommended Switch, Halcyon and Voltex lights. My electrician said he uses the first two. Look at their websites to find a size / model you like. I think we got 5x Switch for the bathroom and they're good.

Affiliate link

Affiliate link: NordVPN allows you to securely access the Internet, encrypt your connection and keep your browsing history private.
3583 posts

Uber Geek

  #2856128 25-Jan-2022 15:01
Send private message

Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then always be the Batman


57 posts

Master Geek

  #2856136 25-Jan-2022 15:16
Send private message

On this thread I was recommended Switch, Halcyon and Voltex lights. My electrician said he uses the first two. Look at their websites to find a size / model you like. I think we got 5x Switch for the bathroom and they're good.


Thanks for the suggestions, I was looking at the Switch products, they look fairly similar to the Visionary ones. I will also check out Halcyon, Voltex





We used these 





Thanks, They look good, slightly lower lumen output than I was hoping for but they are quite an attractive price point. Could consider using some of these in some locations where I don't need as much brightness.


Edit: Actually didn't see the 11W version.. beginning to look more appealing! 

3506 posts

Uber Geek

  #2856148 25-Jan-2022 15:41
Send private message

I had a similar project during the first lock down.


100mm cut-outs/20yo incandescent downlights with a metal reflector, but venting into the ceiling. Top floor venting into the roof space.


If you put your hand near them on a cold windy night, you knew that they leak heat.


I bought a house load of these (after trying a few as a test first).


They seemed like very good quality and I liked the 120mm diameter to cover any chewed edges from the 100mm cutouts.


The outside bezel is white painted metal and they have metal heat sinks on the back.


The driver is separate - not built in. The ones I bought were warm white - pretty sure they also had the cool white in that fitting as well.


I chose these ones because at 14w per light and 120 degree beam angle, they replaced the old lights very well. The usual thing with new installations of LEDs seems to be to install lots of smaller powered lights. I just wanted to do a good swap - so pretty pleased with the way it worked and they look nice IMHO.


I have insul-fluff upstairs, so the trick is to clear that away from the holes (say 30cm around the hole), pop the light in and then cover with some insulation pads (Batts etc). I left the transformer sitting above the insulation.


They are dimmable, but anyone will tell you that LEDs don't generally dim as smoothly as incandescent - I think I ended up with 3 different dimmers. The one that works worst was a horribly expensive one the electrician installed with the kitchen upgrade. The best one was around $20-30  from the shelf at Bunnings so go figure.


Might have been this


You will need dimmers that work with LEDs. Older ones most likely wont.


The place that sells/imports these lights is so I found out, but they sell on Trademe. They were very prompt.


Maybe try one room as a test and see what you think.

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself - A. H. Weiler


57 posts

Master Geek

  #2856544 26-Jan-2022 11:42
Send private message

Thanks robjg63 


Yes, sounds like your situation is almost identical to mine, I might order a couple and see how they go.

Create new topic

News and reviews »

GoTo Launches IT Helpdesk Functionality Within GoTo Connect
Posted 18-Aug-2022 16:55

HP on Track With Recycling Program
Posted 18-Aug-2022 16:51

Belkin Screenforce Tempered Glass Screen Protector and Bumper - Apple Watch
Posted 15-Aug-2022 17:20

Samsung Introducing Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4
Posted 11-Aug-2022 01:00

Samsung Unveils Health Innovations with Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro
Posted 11-Aug-2022 01:00

Google Bringing First Cloud Region to Aotearoa New Zealand
Posted 10-Aug-2022 08:51

ANZ To Move to FIS Modern Banking Platform
Posted 10-Aug-2022 08:28

GoPro Hero10 Black Review
Posted 8-Aug-2022 17:41

Amazon to Acquire iRobot
Posted 6-Aug-2022 11:41

Samsung x LIFE Picture Collection Brings Iconic Moments in History to The Frame
Posted 4-Aug-2022 17:04

Norton Consumer Cyber Safety Pulse Report: Phishing for New Bait on Social Media
Posted 4-Aug-2022 16:50

Microsoft Announces New Solutions for Threat Intelligence and Attack Surface Management
Posted 3-Aug-2022 21:54

Seagate Addresses Hyperscale Workloads with Enterprise-Class Nytro SSDs
Posted 3-Aug-2022 21:50

Visa Launching Eco-friendly Payment Solutions in New Zealand
Posted 3-Aug-2022 21:48

NCR Delivers Services to Run Bank of New Zealand ATM Network
Posted 30-Jul-2022 11:06

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Backblaze unlimited backup