August 8, 2017 in Tips and Advice
With electricity bills on the rise, we can do out bit for the environment while saving on our bills.
An average household can reduce their lighting costs by around 50% a year just by making the switch to the right light bulbs. When you consider that around 12% of the average household electricity bill is for lighting, you can see the savings adding up. This is even higher for commercial premises – between 20 – 40%.
LEDs are the way forward
As technology evolves, new products are hitting the market that will reduce not only your environmental footprint but your electricity bill. A huge game changer is LED bulbs.
LED bulbs are leading the way as energy efficient technology with benefits as soon as you swap from popular CFLs.
LEDs last about 10 times longer than CFLs and even longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs. An added benefit of this is it saves you the job of having to change bulbs all the time, which is particularly good if you have high ceilings or hard to reach lights. LEDs range in price depending on style from around $3 a bulb compared to $1.75 for incandescent but the LED will last for between 20,000 and 50,000 hours 5,000 to 10,000 hours for an incandescent.
Not only are they cheaper to buy in the long run, they will contribute to you saving money on heating and cooling because LEDs generate a small fraction of heat that CFLs and incandescent bulbs do. The lower heat emitted also makes them a great option for Christmas decorations as they reduce the fire risk when lighting up your home for the festive season.
But how do they work?
Light-emitting diodes (LED) are semiconductors. As electrons pass through the semiconductor, it turns into light. Compared to incandescent and CFL bulbs, LED lights are more efficient at turning energy into light. This is why less of the energy radiates from the bulb as heat and why they’re cooler when in use than incandescent and CFL bulbs.
A huge benefit of LEDs is they don’t just blow like CFLs or incandescent. As they age instead of burning out, they simply grow dimmer – running at 70% capacity for around 20,000 hours without you being able to see too much of a difference.
How do they look?
From a décor standpoint, LEDs are better for creating directional light. With a range of ‘light colours’ you can choose whether you want a cool or warm light in each room. They also remove the need for lamp shades and similar shading products – costing you less. LEDs also give you the option for indoor plants as the cold light they emit can assist in plant growth, which leads to a healthier home or office environment.
There are lots of different types of LED bulbs available. For help deciding the best product for your needs, just give us a call on 07 3063 0739 and we will discuss your options with you as well as what you need to install the technology in your home.