LED bulbs are taking over the market for many reasons, but the most significant is energy efficiency. This is important, because EU and UK laws changed and their demands are more stringent today.
In a world where energy prices continue to skyrocket, governing bodies realized they need to do something to curb energy use. The 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive established a set of binding measures to help the EU reach its 20% energy efficiency target by 2020. All EU countries must use energy more efficiently from production to final consumption.
Lowering power consumption in homes and businesses was one of their first initiatives, and LED bulbs offer a simple method to meet these new requirements.
Led Bulbs save energy and money
LED bulbs do not use gas or filaments to produce light. Instead, electricity passes through a material that holds extra electrons. Electrons then move towards another material which lacks electrons. When this happens, it generates energy as photons, or units of light.
Unlike incandescent or compact fluorescent bulbs, LED’s emit light easily. They only emit visible light, not heat. A 6W LED bulb produces as many lumens as a 60W incandescent. Consequently, they consume less energy without reducing light. One study estimated an average household would save £150 in the first year, even after paying for new bulbs.
More Hours of Use
At one time, compact fluorescent cost less so property owners could not see the benefit, but no more. The cost of LED bulbs dropped in recent years and continues to do so.
LED bulbs may last between 20,000 and 50,000 hours, while a compact fluorescent may reach 8,000. They cost about the same, but LEDs turn on immediately, without flickering, popping or buzzing. Outlets such as Sainsbury also allow you to recycle old bulbs to reduce your carbon footprint.
Fit Existing Fixtures
You do not need to buy new fixtures to use LED bulbs. Bulbs come in all shapes, sizes and specifications. Whether you need a bayonet- style bulb for a chandelier or a screw-in bulb for a bedside lamp, you can find an LED bulb that replaces it.
You can buy ultra-bright or soft, subtle bulbs depending on your needs. Bulbs are mercury-free and they don’t produce UV rays.
LED bulbs come in many colours, including many shades of white. Warm white, cool white and vibrant colours transform a room without redecorating.
If you’ve completed a kitchen revamp, but it feels incomplete, LED fixtures may be the answer. You can add task lighting under cabinets, soften hard surfaces with warm white light, or add a focal point on a shelf. It’s a great way to add pizzazz without spending a great deal of money.
LED Bulbs Produce Little Heat
Do you have an area in your home where you need plenty of light, but extra heat makes it almost unbearable? Perhaps you love to cook, but when you switch on enough lights to see what you’re doing you’re roasting instead of what’s in the oven. You might have a compact home office or a craft room where you spend most of your time, but you don’t like the harshness or heat from traditional lights. LED’s operate at a much lower temperature. You can have the quality light you need without glare, shadows or heat.
Most LED bulbs cost between £2 and £6, a very reasonable investment considering they last so long and save money on electricity. You can view a selection of bulbs here, as well as innovative fixtures if you’re considering a remodel.