Energy Saving Light Bulbs: LEDs

Why you should make the switch to LED

Take a look around your home – how many light bulbs do you have installed? On average, a household in the UK will have around 34 light bulbs, each using energy and adding to your home lighting bill. Currently, the average home is spending £77 on lighting, making up 18% of annual energy bills[1]. While turning off your lights is a quick and easy way to stop using energy and save money, living in the dark just isn’t practical!

Switch to LED

LED technology is the next best option to turning off a switch. Using up to 90% less energy than conventional halogen bulbs, LEDs are the best value lighting solution, saving energy and dramatically reducing your lighting bills.

LED = lower bills and a happy planet

Using less energy isn’t just good for your pocket; it’s also a vital step in looking after the planet. We need to make proactive steps towards reducing the amount of energy we use on a daily basis and make small changes such as switching to LED can make a surprising impact on our energy use.

In just three months, you will spend more with your energy supplier than you would on buying a new LED lightbulb. Making the switch is a no-brainer – you will see the paybacks on your energy bills in no time.

Enviro-facts

  • A 50W halogen spotlight can be replaced by a 5W LED – that’s 90% less energy use resulting in a significant reduction in CO2 production.
  • The longer lifespan of LED bulbs means less bulbs needs to be produced, resulting in less waste and energy use in building new technologies.
  • LEDs contain no hazardous chemicals such as toxic mercury found in conventional bulbs.

Long-term lighting solution

LEDs are not just a quick fix – an LED spotlight can last for up to 10 years, meaning you won’t need to worry about regular replacements. This means the savings you make from installing a single LED will continue for years to come.

Instant savings

When it comes to saving money on your energy bill, you will be surprised by how quickly you will save by installing LED. Check out this real life example.

  • LED infographicMarch 13th, 2016 – Gareth buys and installs 25 GU10 LED lamps for his home at the cost of £62.50. He returns his old lamps to us for recycling.
  • May 2016 – Gareth saves £20.12* on his energy bill in the first full month since they were installed. The only thing that has changed is the lamps themselves.
  • June 2016 – Gareth saves another £20.12
  • July 2016 – Gareth saves another £20.12. His lamps have now saved him more than the £62.50 he paid for them, in just 3 months. Not only this, the bulbs are guaranteed for 2 years and have a life expectance of 10 years.
  • July 2026 – Gareth will have saved £2,414.50 just by switching his lamps to LED on that day in March over 10 years ago.

* Gareth’s lamps are switched on for an average of 4 hours per day, replacing 50w old lamps with 5w LED lamps. He pays 14p per kWh to his energy supplier.

And that’s not all…

Beyond the savings, LED also has plenty of other benefits over older types of lighting.

        • It emits less or no UV light. So what? Well it is less likely to attract bugs for one thing!
        • LED operates at a higher frequency flicker rate. This means the flicker is not perceptible to the human eye, so less headaches and better quality of light for home video recording.
        • Less heat energy produced. This not only makes the lamp much more efficient than say a halogen, but also means it is never going to get uncomfortably hot stood underneath an LED lamp.
        • They last a long time. We believe LED lamps are the first type of lighting you take with you when you move home, because they last over 20 years. A truly ‘fit and forget’ technology, but don’t forget to take them with you!
        • Instant on. Unlike fluorescent lamps, LED’s are a fully electronic form of lighting which illuminate instantly with no warm up time when switched on. For this same reason, they can also be switched on and off thousands and thousands of times (‘switching cycle’) without impacting life expectancy.

[1] Sourced from the Energy Saving Trust

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