Installing LED home lighting is a great way to save energy and money. But there’s so much more to converting to LEDs than simply replacing your light bulbs.
In this straightforward guide we’ll tell you everything you need to know about converting your home to LED lighting, and show you how making the switch to LEDs is a lot easier than you might think.
Why make the switch to LEDs?
There are many benefits that come with converting your home to LED lighting. For a start, LED lights use a fraction of the energy of their traditional counterparts, making them extremely cheap to run.
LEDs are also much more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, and in some cases can last nearly 50 times longer. Plus, unlike CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs), LED lamps instantly reach full brightness when switched on.
Although LEDs are still more expensive to buy than traditional bulbs, prices have fallen in recent years and switching to LEDs works out cheaper in the long run. For example, a single LED bulb will save you around £5 on your annual electricity bill, so if you’re replacing the majority of the bulbs in your home with LEDs, the potential savings are huge!
Where to use LED lighting at home
Converting your entire home to LED lighting in one fell swoop can seem a little daunting, so you might want to consider starting small with some of the following lighting applications:
When converting your home to LED lighting, the most obvious place to start is with your light bulbs. These days LED bulbs come in a variety of ‘retrofit’ styles, so it’s never been easier to replace traditional bulbs in ceiling lights, floor lamps and table lamps.
Unlike a conventional incandescent lamp which scatters light in all directions, LEDs emit a very focused, directional light, which makes them a perfect replacement for downlights. LED Downlights are usually built into the ceiling, typically in kitchens and bathrooms, but are suitable for any room.
LED strip lights
Energy-saving LED strip lights are an ideal replacement for those old-fashioned fluorescent fittings. These rigid strips of LED lights really shine when it comes to task lighting, making them ideal under kitchen cupboards or in areas where you are chopping or preparing food.
Probably one of the most versatile lighting solutions around, LED tape can be used all over the home. These flexible strips of LEDs, usually with an adhesive backing, can be fitted under kitchen cupboards, in display cabinets, underneath the lip of your stairs and under fireplaces. When placed in ceiling corners or alcoves, LED tape also create some really nice ambient background lighting.
TV backlight kits
Another area where you might consider using LEDs to create mood lighting is your TV. Some modern TVs already incorporate LED mood lighting that project colours depending on the mood of the programme being shown. However, you don’t need to splash out on a new TV to get this effect, as there are lots of TV backlighting kits out there. For some more inspiration on this, check out our guide on how to backlight your TV.
LED security floodlights
It’s not just indoors where you can benefit from LED lights. External security lights can be real energy-guzzlers, so it could be worth replacing them with an LED floodlight to help save you energy and money.
What else should you consider when converting to LED lighting?
These days, dimmable LEDs are very reliable. However, you will need special dimmable LED lamps and you may also require an LED compatible dimmer switch. When buying bulbs, just make sure they have the dimmable logo on the box or that it states they are ‘dimmable’.
Always use a trusted supplier
You should always be wary of buying ‘cheap’ LED lights online, especially if they’re coming from abroad. At Simple Lighting, we’re a trusted local dealer and online retailer, and many of our products are backed up by a warranty of up to seven years.
If you are fitting LED lights in the bathroom make sure they have an IP (Ingress Protection) rating. This means that they’re safe to use should they come into contact with condensation or water.
Consider the colour
When replacing any light bulbs you should also think about which kind of colour you would prefer. Light temperature (colour) is measured in Kelvin (K). The lower the number, the warmer the light. So check the pack to make sure have the right colour for you.
Are you installing LEDs in your home?
When it comes to installing LED home lighting, it’s always best to consult with an expert before you begin. If you need any advice or inspiration, feel free to get in touch with the experts at Simple Lighting, who will be happy to help.