Since the boom in popularity for LED light strips, more people than ever have switched to LED bulbs. This includes homeowners, restaurants, retail outlets, offices and factories making the switch in order to reduce costs, improve overall lighting quality or to simply add some ambience. Switching to LEDs can make sure you’ve still got some money in your pocket after the job is done, but saving money isn’t the only reason to change. Here are some of the top reasons to swap to LED.
LEDs require changing less often
LED bulbs can in fact, last up to 50 times longer than equivalent incandescent or halogen bulbs. LED (Light Emitting Diodes) are semiconductors, which means that when electrons pass over them, it creates light. Unlike the typical incandescent bulbs, with LED there is very little wasted heat. LED bulbs produce almost no heat due to the design and inclusion of specially crafted aluminium heat sinks to absorb what little heat has been created, allowing the diodes to be operational for much longer.
Use your existing fittings
This may come as a surprise, but modern-day LED bulbs can be retro-fitted to existing fittings. LED bulbs allow you to simply plug them in and enjoy your new lighting experience straight away. No need to call out an electrician; if you opt for a straight swap there’s no fuss. However, if you want to change to dimmable LED bulbs, you will have to change the pre-existing dimming switch to one that is compatible with the LED system.
Available in a wide range of colours
LEDs are available in a wide range of temperatures, which makes it easy to achieve the perfect mood lighting in every room of your home. At the top end of the scale there are temperatures such as Cool White (4000K), which are most often found in bathrooms, commercial or retail premises. Warm White (3000K) is at the in-between temperature stage and can be found in a wide range of environments in homes and offices. Very Warm White (2700K) is usually used in living rooms and bedrooms, where you might want to achieve a more relaxed atmosphere. Warmer temperatures are ideal for creating a more homely environment, but they can also aid in regulating circadian rhythms – getting our bodies into routines by warming the light environments in the evenings and mornings.
Light up instantly
There’s nothing worse than flipping the light switch and still being in the dark. It’s much better to flip the switch and have the light you need instantly – this is what you get from LEDs. Instant light when you need it most, means that you won’t be wasting time waiting for a bulb to reach full brightness. LED bulbs are a fantastic alternative to incandescent and halogen bulbs in places such as cupboards, cellars, or lofts, where you’ll be nipping in and out of frequently.
Saving you money, and saving the planet
So, let’s get to the giant elephant in the room. LED bulbs save you money – despite the higher initial purchase cost, this will depend on the property, but the bulbs will often pay for themselves in savings in less than a year.
LED bulbs are simply constructed with no hazardous materials or chemicals such as mercury, which is used in more traditional bulbs. Whilst these materials pose no threat to home dwellers, they are often sent to landfills and aren’t disposed of properly which leads to large amounts of waste.
In conclusion, LEDs are incredibly useful, and they are fast becoming the first choice of many residential and commercial property developers. LEDs have lots of flexibility when it comes to design options, LED home lighting ideas are always evolving and changing. With all the advantages that come hand-in-hand with LEDs, why haven’t you flipped the switch yet?