Spot Installation - Notes

Spot Installation - Notes

Spots are universally applicable because they provide light there where it is needed. The installation is a bit complicated.

Types of spots

There are three different systems on the market: spots with a GU10 socket, those with a GU5.3 socket and LED spots. Depending on the design, the spots can be swiveled in one or two levels.

The GU10 version is one of the high-voltage reflector lamps, they are operated with 230 volts. 50 watts generate a luminous flux of 510 lumens, they have a life of about 2,000 hours. These recessed spotlights have qualified technicians to energy efficiency class C.

Spots in a GU5.3 socket require a transformer because the operating voltage is only 12 Volt. With this technology, the lamps deliver 680 lumens at a power consumption of 50 watts. The life span is 3,000 hours. These lamps are in the energy efficiency class C.

LED spots produce a luminous flux of 520 lumens from six watts. The lifespan is 35,000 hours. Depending on the version, they have been classified in energy efficiency class A or A +.

Note: LED bulbs for GU10 and GU5.3 sockets have been available for several years. A conversion is therefore easily possible.

Noteworthy during installation

The installation of the lamps is quite simple, it is only a hole in the size of the housing to drill. The lamps are feathered and snap in when the craftsman puts some pressure into the hole. The electrical installation must be done beforehand.

For systems with a transformer, it must be connected to the power line. A switch that interrupts the power is also useful in radio systems. Without main switch, the transformer is always under power. He is a consumer, even when no light is on.

For the GU10 version, each individual socket must be connected to the power line. Conveniently, this is done via a distributor, which is to be installed in the vicinity of the spots.

Since the connection of the transformer or the GU10 socket touches the circuit of the house, this work should be carried out by a specialist. The lines can of course also lay a home improvement, but the coupling to the circuit is the job of an electrician.

At the transformer are usually sockets, on the cables of the lamps or the sockets, corresponding plug contacts. The installation from transformer is not a problem and also for a layman possible. Even if one of the cables is too short, nobody needs a specialist. There are suitable extension cables in the trade.

Once all connections have been made, a short trial run is necessary. If one of the lamps does not light up, check the connections without having to remove the spots. If it works as it should, all you have to do is push the spots into their respective holes until they click into place.

The installation requires a specialist in some jobs

The installation of spots is a classic home improvement work

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