Archive for January, 2015

5 Things They’d Rather You Didn’t Know About LEDs

LED bulbs are fast becoming one of the most popular forms of lighting for homes and businesses alike.

A combination of a long life expectancy, great energy efficiency and falling prices have seen something of a boom time for the product over recent years.

But if you’re still not sure about LEDs or haven’t heard all of the fact, this might not purely be a coincidence as there are still those people in the industry who would rather you didn’t know all the facts.

From electricians to High Street wholesalers, here are a few of the facts that SOME people would rather you didn’t know.

1. Easy to Fit

Despite popular belief to the contrary and what most electricians would like you to think, most LED fixtures and fittings are quite easy to install. The majority of LED bulbs can be used in existing fittings and using them at home is as simple as putting the LED bulb directly into a fitting - giving old lamps, lights and other spots a modern, money saving feel with the minimum of fuss and without the need for a professional help.

2. Value for Money

Yes, some time ago replacing your halogen lights with LEDs was an expensive decision even if you were assured a many years worth of lighting from your new bulbs. But recently the price of LED lamps and fittings has decreased massively, meaning there is not a huge difference between the two. And considering the life-span of an LED bulb is significantly longer than any other on the market – you’re actually making a saving in the long run. So don’t be tempted by shopkeepers offering “cheap” promotions.

3. Many Options Available

One criticism aimed at LED bulbs was always that they didn’t offer the same range of options as more traditional lighting. And many experts and electrical specialists will overlook things like what colour temperature you like, what lighting mood you want to create, or the directional qualities you want the beam of light, not to mention the brightness – things that traditional bulbs all offer. But these are all options that LED lamps can now boast as they look to rival halogen or incandescent lighting.

4. Last Longer

One thing some manufacturers would rather you didn’t know is just how long LED bulbs can last. Many LED lamps are expected to last up to 50,000 hours. This is approximately 50 times longer than a typical incandescent bulb, 20 times longer than a halogen lamp, and 10 times longer than a typical compact fluorescent lamp. Obviously this is great news for the consumer, but not so great for suppliers of traditional bulbs and lamps.

5. Buy Bulbs Easily Online

Buying LED bulbs and products direct from a supplier will usually guarantee you the best price possible, without the added mark-up added on by electricians or High Street stores. A simple web search will now throw-up a whole host of online suppliers who are tripping over themselves to offer the cheapest prices available in an attempt to undercut their competitors – all good news for the consumer.