LED Lighting Explained
A lot is being said about LED (light-emitting diode) lighting at the moment, and it might have you thinking about making the switch yourself. Although the majority of sales has been in the commercial sector, LED light bulbs or rather, LED lamps, which is the technically correct term – are the future of household lighting, because there are so many benefits in comparison to traditional, incandescent lamps.
LEDs use up to 90% less energy than traditional bulbs and are 10-30% more effective than most energy-saving CFLs
First of all, LED lamps are the most energy-efficient – often using up to 90% less energy than traditional lamps; and are thought to be 10-30% more effective than most energy-saving CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps). This is down to the differences in how the light is produced by the lamp; old-fashioned incandescent lamps pass electricity through a filament, LEDs produce light through the use of a semiconductor that emits light energy.
Secondly, LED lamps are believed to a have a life-span of 25-30 years (depending on usage). Due to the fact that less heat is produced (which is another factor in their energy-efficiency), less stress is placed upon all components, leading to greater longevity.
The third benefit of LEDS, is that they give out light almost instantly when you flick the light-switch. Unlike other energy-saving lamps, there is no “warm-up” time, so you won’t have to stumble about in the dimness while you wait for full luminescence.
Of course, this all leads up to perhaps the most important personal benefit in these grim financial times, saving you money. The benefits of LEDs makes them extremely cost effective, so while the initial purchase may seem a lot (this will most likely change with LEDs ever-growing popularity), they will save you money overall. If you’d like to know just how much they could save you, then why not take us up on our FREE home energy audit?