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Five things you might not know about LED

LED lights are the biggest thing to happen in lighting since the electric light was invented. You may not know it, but LED lights have become a much more prominent feature of everyday life.

You’ll find them in the screen of your smartphone. You’ll find them controlling traffic throughout the country in the form of traffic lights. And you probably decorate your Christmas tree with them every year.

Here are five more facts about these brilliant little bulbs that might just surprise you.

LED is moth-proof

There’s nothing worse than a roomful of moths and midges flying around your lights and lamps during the summer months.

However, switch to these bulbs and you might just notice a sharp decline in moth infestations. That’s because those pesky bugs are attracted to the ultraviolet light (UV) given off by incandescent bulbs.

However, as this study from 2011 found, LED bulbs give off little or no UV light, helping keep moths and midges at bay.

They’ve been around for over 50 years

The first LED light bulb was invented way back in 1962, by a man named Nick Holonyak. Holonyak was an employee of General Electric, and he predicted that these new light bulbs would eventually replace incandescent bulbs.

However, at the time of their invention, LEDs were considered to be too expensive for the mass market, and wouldn’t become a popular alternative to incandescent bulbs until the early 2000s.

They burn for longer. A lot longer

A typical LED light bulb will burn for around 25,000 hours. That’s up to 25 times (or three years) longer that the average incandescent light bulb!

In fact, a recent EU legislation change means that LED bulbs will soon be required to have a minimum lifespan of 6,000 hours, which at 10 hours a day would mean a lifetime of at least 18 months for 6w bulbs, which would still mean big savings.

They’re cheaper than you think

Despite being slightly more expensive to buy upfront, the overall cost-savings of LED light bulbs are much more substantial than those of incandescent ones.

LED lightbulbs typically use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs, so you save money as well as energy.

In fact, according to the Energy Saving Trust, switching to LED bulbs could save you around £45 a year.

And with the significantly longer running times that we’ve already touched on, it’s easy to see how LEDs make much more financial sense.

They give you instant light

With an LED bulb, you get full brightness from the moment you flick the switch, unlike modern CFLs, which can take a few seconds to warm up.

And, while early generations of LEDs were criticised for being quite cold in colour temperature – they were more cool blue than cosy yellow – latest models can match halogens for colour and brightness.

To discover more about the benefits of LEDs for yourself, take a look at our cost-effective range of LED light bulbs.

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