LEDs are the future of Lighting

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25th March 2015 Comments Off on Making the change to LED bulbs Views: 1686 Help & Advice

Making the change to LED bulbs


Since the introduction of the compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL) 20 years ago, there’s been a lot of scepticism about “new and improved” lighting. Traditional incandescent bulbs are cheap to buy, lighten up quickly and cause no problems throughout their lifespan, unlike CLFs which are slow to brighten, expensive to buy and difficult to dispose of responsibly.

Now LED bulbs are the new kid on the block and while many customers don’t like to change their buying habits, it’s worth noting that a small bit of research can yield a large saving on your energy bill. It’s no secret that LED bulbs are dramatically cheaper to run than incandescent bulbs. Take a look at our table to get a better idea of how much you can be saving by switching to LED.

Energy Efficiency
& Energy Costs

Light Bulb
Life Span  50,000 Hours  1,200 Hours  8,000 Hours
Watts of Power Used 6-8 Watts  60 Watts  13-15 Watts

Environmental Impact

Contains Mercury  No  No  Yes
RoHS Compliant  Yes  Yes  No
Carbon Dioxide Emmisions (based on 30 bulbs per year)  451 pounds per year  45000 pounds per year 1051 pounds per year
KW Energy used (based on equivalent of 30 incandescent bulbs per year) 329 KWh/year  3285 KWh/year 767KWh/year
Annual Operating Cost
(based on equivalent of 30 incandescent bulbs per year)
£21.38 per year £213.84 per year £49.88 per year


Sensitive to Low Temperatures No  Some  May not work under
-10 degrees or over 120 degrees
Sensitive to Humidity  No  Some  Yes
Effect of on/off cycling  None  Some  Can dramatically reduce lifespan
Instant turn on Yes  Yes  No
Durability Very durable  Glass and filament easily breakable  Glass and filament easily breakable
Heat  3.4 BTU’s per hour  85 BTU’s per hour  30 BTU’s per hour
Failure Modes  Not typical  Some  May smoke, catch fire or emit odour.

Light Output vs Power Usage

Lumens  Watts Watts  Watts
450  4-5  40  9-13
800  6-8  60  13-15
1100  9-13  75  18-25
1600  16-20  100  23-30
2600  25-28  150  30-55

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