LED bulbs are the most modern, robust, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly lighting technology on the market today. They can last up to 18 years * in which time you would need to replace your halogen equivalent up to 20 times! LED bulbs are much more energy-efficient than halogen counterparts too, with some bulbs offering a 90% energy saving. This means you are saving money not just on replacement costs but on electricity costs as well!
They're actually inexpensive to buy … in the long term. This is due to the innovative technology that is inside LEDs compared to halogens or CFL's (compact flourescents) and we have calculated that people who buy LED bulbs save the same in utility costs as what they actually paid after less than a year. ** After that time it is pure saving. On average this could be £ 200 per light fitting over the LED light fitting's lifetime eg if you have 12 halogen bulbs and replace all 12 with LED alternatives, you stand to save £ 2,400 over your LED's lifetime.
How do CFL bulbs compare to LED? CFL bulbs are either the next best option to LED bulbs in terms of energy efficiency, with some saving you up to 80% energy. However, they do not last as long as LED lights mean you will still have to replace your CFL bulbs almost as often as some halogens! The other really big frustration with CFLs, is that they are not instant start up and instead have to 'warm' up until they achieve full brightness, which is kind of wasting energy and your time.
Power LED vs SMD LED bulbs? (SMD = Surface Mount Device) There are two types of LED on the market – power LEDs (3-4 high powered chips which combine to give a really focused beam of light) and SMD LEDs (around 20 low power LEDs per bulb that provide a much wider beam angle). Although on paper, some SMD LEDs have more lumen (brightness), it will not provide a better quality of light compared to a power LED in downlight installations. This is because the wide beam angle spreads the light out too thin so power LEDs win every time.
How To Switch To LED Bulbs. There are only 4 easy steps you need to take:
1. Check your existing fitting. A few things to note are the size (as not all bulbs will fit), the current wattage (usually printed on the bulb- this allows you to measure the equivalent brightness in an LED) and the cap type (what bulb will fit in the fitting eg GU10, GLS)
2. Locate the best place to buy your LED bulb. Most ofen, you will find limited choice at bigger 'DIY superstores' so the best place to try is for the most choice and low prices.
3. Order. Once you have chosen your bulb (s), you can order with confidence on most websites that have https in their URL, which means they have secure payment system in place.
4. Wait for delivery of your LED Bulbs
* When used for the average 6 hours per day. This could be even longer if you use less than the average 6 hours per day!
** Even less time if used for more than 6 hours per day.