Published on October 30th, 2013 | by Mark Griffin
How Energy Efficient Are LED Lights?
LED’s – or ‘Light Emitting Diodes’ is the biggest thing to happen to lighting since Edison invented the light bulb.
Using on average only 20% of the energy that would be required to power a traditional filament or energy saving halogen lamp for the same light output, LED lamps can make a massive contribution to your energy saving effort.
Approx 25% of the average home energy budget is spent keeping the lights on.
The benefits of using LED over traditional lighting
1. Long Life
The average life expectancy of a LED lamp is more than 10 times that of a fluorescent bulb and 30 times longer than a standard incandescent light bulb. This is of real value when changing light bulbs is a difficult task.
2. Energy Efficiency
LED uses less energy and 80 to 90% of the energy consumed produces light as compared to traditional light sources where only 20% produces light. Therefore you are achieving good levels of light at much lower running costs.
3. Cool running
As LED generates a lot less heat they run cool and can even be touched. This makes them perfect for use in kitchen cabinets etc.
LED lights do not contain toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, thereby helping to reduce your carbon footprint and leave less of an impact on the earth.
6. Colour choice
LED is available in a range of colour temperatures expressed as kelvin. The lower the kelvin the more yellow and warmer the colour, this creates a homely and cozy feel. The higher the temperature the more cool the white will become, this is typically used in modern kitchens.
The construction of LED fittings and lamps means they will not break easily and are perfect for more extreme locations.
8. Instant start & switching
LED fittings do not require a warm up and period and provide full light instantly making them perfect for all rooms in the house. The nature of LED means they are not affected by frequent switching on and off.