Switching to LED Lighting

We’re all looking for ways to reduce energy bills. If the family across the road installed solar panels, would you do the same? If they got new windows fitted, and new insulation, would you find someone to fix up your house? What if they told you that they’d switched their existing light bulbs for LED ones? What are the benefits?

Since 2008, energy-saving light bulbs have been a hot topic. They’ve become compulsory, and have replaced those giant, rounded bulbs that you used to see in homes. Many people are less than impressed. There are arguments that energy saving light bulbs don’t give off enough light, that they take too long to ‘warm up’ and that they fade over time. People have also complained that the light can cause headaches and eye strain, which is particularly obvious if people are working in offices lit by energy-saving bulbs.

It hasn’t taken long for people to realise that there are better solutions available. LED lights are becoming more popular, and switching is surprisingly easy.

There are three benefits to installing LED lights:

–       They’re brighter.

–       They last longer.

–       They save energy.

LED light bulbs are consistently bright, across their whole surface area. They’ll light your home more than any equivalent stick or spiral bulb. They last longer, and they’re cheaper to run. It can’t be denied that LED lights are a little more expensive, but prices have dropped dramatically in the last few years. The difference now isn’t significant, compared to the savings that you’ll see in just one year. With average life spans of 50,000 hours they don’t need replacing often, and having a low wattage they consume far less energy than your current energy-saving bulbs.

So, how easy are they to replace?

It’s easy to replace existing bulbs with LED equivalents. Replace every bulb at the same time, to instantly see a drop in your home energy usage.

To get started, you simply need to check the bases of your current light bulbs, matching them to the LED bulbs that you want to buy. You can purchase LED light bulbs with bayonet fittings, which are found in most UK homes.

As a guide, an 8W bayonet cap energy-saving light bulb gives off 420 lumens of light, and should last 10,000 hours. A 7W bayonet cap LED bulb gives off 580 lumens, whilst requiring less energy, and has an expected lifespan of 50,000 hours. Consider that you’re getting brighter light and lower energy bills, and that for the price of one LED bulb you’d need to purchase five of your traditional energy-saving light bulbs. Many people consider converting to LED lights to be a ‘no-brainer’.

LED lights are often more attractive to look at. They’re not reported to cause eye strain or headaches, and you can get coloured LEDs to create mood lighting. Replacing your bulbs can quickly save you hundreds of pounds a year.

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