As most people are already aware, traditional light bulbs are no longer available since an EU-wide ban on their sale came into force in 2012.
Since then, only energy-saving bulbs have been available, the majority of which are compact fluorescent bulbs, or CFLs.
Although these use a lot less energy than their predecessors, the gripe that many people have with them is that they take time to warm up and give out their full light output.
Happily, an alternative is available in the latest generation of lighting, LED.
One of the main advantages of LED lighting is that it produces instant light, and unlike old-fashioned light bulbs, it gives off very little heat, so it won’t scorch as some halogens can, and it presents a much lower fire risk.
In fact, the lower voltage of LED lighting makes it an all-around winner in terms of electrical safety over any other type of lighting.
Although the initial outlay is a little higher than other types of lighting, efficiency is another of the great advantages of LED lighting. LEDs use significantly less power than their CFL counterparts, which means that the cost saving over the course of their life time really makes the investment worthwhile.
Switching to LED can reduce your lighting power consumption by as much 80%, equating to a saving of around £145 pounds per year for every 10 bulbs you replace, based on the average UK domestic electricity rate.
What’s more, as LED lighting can last for up to 50,000 hours, its higher cost is more than offset by its extended lifetime.
These days people are increasingly conscious not just of their energy costs but also of their carbon footprint, and here too LED lighting offers distinct advantages.
Unlike CFLs, it doesn’t contain gases or solid pollutants such as lead or mercury, so it’s not harmful to the environment, it’s recyclable and it produces around 50% less carbon than its older counterparts.
LED bulbs are also incredibly durable with a thick epoxy casing which makes them very difficult to break – not that you’d deliberately try!
So now that we’ve ticked off the more serious stuff, let’s take a look at some of the aesthetic advantages of LED lighting.
LEDs are available in a variety of colours – ours are available in Warm White (an effect similar to old incandescent bulbs), Natural White (akin to natural daylight) and Cool White (a much brighter light such as the flash of a camera) – which can really influence the style and ambience of a space so that the lighting itself becomes just as much of a design feature as the décor and furnishings.
LED lighting shows colours much better, so it’s great for the home art lover and, of course, perfect for retail and commercial applications.
It really is well worth considering the switch to LED, either at home or in your commercial premises. It’s efficient, eco-friendly and it will save you money – do you need any more reasons?