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Over the last two year, the costs of LED lighting has tumbled significantly meaning more households are considering the switch to the eco-friendly lighting option. So what are the advantages of LED, and are they a good choice for your house?
Of course, energy savings are the most attractive benefit for homeowners when it comes to LED light bulbs. LEDs are up to 90% more energy efficient than filament or halogen bulbs.
Cheaper costs Year on Year
A typical 50W GU10 bulb costs around £7.67 per year to run. An equivalent LED GU10 bulb will only cost 84p a year. (Based of 3 hrs/day and 14p KWh); that’s a saving of £6.83 per bulb. You make similar savings with all types of bulbs including classic globes, candles and mini-globes when compared with filament and Halogen bulbs.
Longevity of the bulbs is also a plus, especially when it comes to lights that are hard to reach when it is time to change the bulb. (Not having to drag out the extension ladder each year to replace those second story flood lights that you accidentally left on could be reason enough to invest in LEDs.) In many areas, the fact that LEDs don’t attract bugs because they don’t emit ultra violet light can be a big selling feature.
A correctly fitted LED light should last over 50,000 hours, compared to the 5,000 of traditional bulbs.
Today, LEDs are available in a variety of styles for use in almost every place in the home. Of course there are bulbs and globes for lamps and fixtures, but you can also find indoor and outdoor spots, outdoor floodlights, rope or strip lights to be used with shelves and cabinets, accent lights for track lighting, even candle bulbs for chandeliers. For your lights on a dimmer, new dimmable LED bulbs are now on the market.
Durability – LED’s are also somewhat more rugged than traditional lights as they are made of solid material with no filament or tube to break.
Instant turn on– Unlike eco-lights which have a warming up period, LED lights turn on instantly
With standard LED bulbs you need to make choice between WARM and COOL white.
WARM white – Yellowish light is what most people are used with traditional lighting. COOL white on the other hand is whiter looking.
There are no rules – You may prefer WARM white for traditional rooms and COOL white for modern rooms and kitchen and bathrooms.
There are programmable switches for LEDs of different colours that can set the perfect mood.
More Light, Less Heat, Change less often.
Old style bulbs are inefficient as they produce more heat than visible light, by contrast LED bulbs use electricity more efficiently as they produce less heat and much more visible light. LED bulbs use only 15% of the energy of filament and Halogen bulbs which results in a significant reduction in energy bills. You’ll also change the bulbs far less often than a traditional light.
As well as great efficiency LEDs contain no mercury or other hazardous substances.
For a free survey to convert your existing lighting at home/work or free advice contact us and we will be happy to provide a full supply and fitting service to your specification.
Call today on 01277 223 160 or drop us a mail LEDS@JLXelectrical.co.uk
Now’s the time to change