LED Lighting

A Simple Guide - LED Lights

A quick guide to LED lights
Studies have shown that people feel that LED light is more comfortable for their eyes compared to other alternatives. Not only that, they also last up to 15 times longer than conventional bulbs and can be up to 10 times cheaper to operate. So it makes sense that the best place to start saving money on energy in the home is to work out which lights are on the most and replace them first with LEDs. LED bulbs come in all of the usual fittings so it’s easy to do!

What LEDs do I need?
As a rough guide, if you want comparable lighting to the “old school” 100W light bulbs, replace them with a 10W LED. The same goes for  60W to 6W LED and 40W to 4W LED. And when you’re thinking about downlights and spotlights, replace the 50W GU10 with a 5W LED lamp.

Which colour LEDs are best?
Light temperature or colour is measured in Kelvin (K). The lower the number, the warmer or more yellow the light output. So, if you like a traditional warm light, 2700K are akin to the light from an old-fashioned light bulb. At around 4000K the colour is a more neutral white, as the number gets higher the light becomes cooler and whiter – anything approaching 6000k will be nearer to blue on the light spectrum. Manufacturer’s descriptions often use the terms ‘warm white’ or ‘cool white’ to help you distinguish.

If you wish to dim your LED lights
Look for the ‘dimmable’ symbol on the packet or lamp, most manufacturers put this in plain sight. Remember not all LEDs are dimmable and won’t work with your switches if you get the wrong ones.

Here’s a useful tip, well worth remembering when buying dimmable LED lights! Due to the fact they use so little energy, you may need to change your dimmer switches as well. Don’t worry if this seems too difficult we can help you with that, it shouldn’t be an obstacle to change as the cost savings are so good!

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