If you’re thinking about making the switch to LED lighting, we’ve put together these 5 facts to help you make an informed choice.
It wasn’t too long ago that when your lightbulb died, you’d find the same bulb and replace it. Simple. These days with the advent of CFL and more recently LED bulbs, the options are dazzling. Keeping in mind a few simple facts, replacing your old bulb with the LED equivalent isn’t that difficult.
- LEDs give instant full light
When compact fluorescent lightbulbs arrived, they saved power, however they also took a good 10-15 minutes to warm up. Cheaper CFL bulbs took even longer. LED lights, being the new technology on the block come with a pre-conception that the same warm up rule applies to LED lights. It doesn’t. Unlike CFLs, you get instant full light from a LED light. It’s also worth noting that turning a CFL bulb on for less than 15 minutes regularly will dramatically reduce its lifespan. This isn’t an issue with LED bulbs.
- Know your colour temperatures
LED bulbs are available in a variety of colour temperatures on The Kelvin Scale. From warm white which is roughly 3000k on the kelvin scale and is a warm yellow light to cool white. Cool White is roughly 4500k-6000k on the kelvin scale and is a brighter, more energising light. Warm White light is best suited to a living room or bedroom where you want to relax. A Cool White light is more suited to functional rooms like kitchens or bathrooms where you want to be more refreshed.
- LED lights come in very interesting shapes and do some interesting things
Manufacturers have been producing LED lights in the same shape as incandescent bulbs mainly because people prefer the similar shape. As technology develops, more manufacturers are starting to produce more interesting shaped bulbs, some with more than just a light included. It’s possible to get LED lightbulbs that double as Wi-Fi speakers or Wi-Fi extenders. If you want to get more adventurous with your lighting you can get colour changing LED bulbs, strip and tape that can be controlled using a dedicated remote controller or a smartphone via Wi-Fi.
- LEDs are cool, no not like that, the other cool
One of the benefits of LED light bulbs is their energy efficiency. Unlike incandescent bulbs which waste up to 90% of the energy they use generating heat, LED technology generates virtually no heat at all. This being the case they save a massive amount of energy (upto 90% less energy use than incandescent lights) and last up to 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
- Did we mention the savings you can make?
Incandescent bulbs functioned by heating a coiled wire which would light up. Although their primary function was light, their primary operation was heat. 90% of the power used by the bulb is wasted in heat. A higher watt (75-100w) would be a brighter light. LED lightbulbs are sometimes sold as an equivalent to a 50w or 35w bulb when they only need 4-5w of power.
To give you an idea of how much of a saving you can make, replacing 10 incandescent bulbs that get an average 6 hours a day use with LED equivalents, you can save upwards of £10 per month on your energy bill. On top of this, LED bulbs last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Some have a lifespan of 50,000 hours or over 20 years average use before they need replacing.
With these simple facts in mind it’s easy to see that moving over to LED lights is a simple exercise that can save a lot of money in the long term.