Is it better to use LED lighting?
Lighting takes up about 10% of the average household electricity budget in Australia, and the popularity of LEDs is one of the main reasons for the reduction of lighting costs in recent years.
In fact, the government expects Australian consumers to save as much as $1.4 billion over 10 years if they continue to switch from halogen lamps to LEDs.*
If you have not switched to LED lighting, you should do it now. And here are the reasons why.
The advantages of LEDs
One of the most well-known advantages of LEDs when compared to traditional light bulbs is the longer lifespan. On average, LED lights can last up to six times longer (or even more) than other types of lights, reducing the need for frequent replacements. And this means you get to save money on maintenance costs in terms of labour as well as on replacement parts. Say goodbye to the halogen spotlights that blow on a regular basis.
LEDs generally use very low amounts of power. For example, if you have a 50w bulb, you should be able to replace it with a 5w LED bulb. This is because a traditional bulb converts 95% of the energy to heat and only 5% into light, but in an LED, 95% of the energy is converted into light and only 5% is released as heat. Think of the incredible energy savings you’ll get when all your bulbs at home are swapped to LEDs!
LED lights are a tough lot, and they can withstand almost any environment without burning out or breaking. Cold winters and scorching summers will not affect the light’s ability to shine, meaning they are perfect for Australian weather. LEDs are also shock and impact-resistant, so they shouldn’t shatter into pieces even if you accidentally drop one. And, frequent switching on and off will not cause degradation.
Incandescent bulbs can get really hot when they’re left on for a few hours, which means they can potentially become a fire hazard. LEDs, on the other hand, stay cool as the heat is pulled away by a heat sink on the bottom of the bulb. LED bulbs also generally operate on very low voltages, making them suitable for use in outdoor lighting applications.
Less lights needed
Traditional lighting tend to waste energy by emitting light in all directions, shining on unnecessary areas such as the ceiling. LEDs, however, have a better quality of light distribution, and focus only on one direction. As such, you need less LED lights to achieve the same level of brightness given off by other lights.
Fluorescent strip lights, mercury vapour lights or CFL bulbs contain mercury, which means they will contaminate the environment when disposed of in a landfill. LED bulbs, on the other hand, can be recycled without any problems, as they do not contain toxic elements.
Unlike metal halide lamps or the old style energy saving lights, LEDs do not have a warm-up period, turning on and off instantly. This is great because it means you do not have to stand idly at the door of the room while waiting for the bulb to reach full brightness.
Top 9 Tips on using LEDs for your home
- LED bulbs come in many colours and shades. Choose warm, softer LEDs to create a cosy feel in your living areas and bedrooms.
- Reading lamps should be cooler and slightly brighter, and ideally, dimmable
- To add ambience to your room, consider placing decorative LED lighting behind an entertainment centre
- Installing LED bulbs behind entertainment solutions also helps in reducing glare in the room and adding a warm glow
- When used as under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen, LED strips provide decorative as well as functional illumination
- For optimal task lighting in the bathroom, place wall lights beside the mirror with 20w to 25w equivalent LEDs
- Don’t place recessed lighting above the mirror, unless you want unflattering shadows on the face
- To prevent eye fatigue, the light in your office should not be brighter than your computer screen
- LED lights are ideal for shining on art pieces, because they emit less heat and don’t produce UV or infrared light
To understand more about LEDs, or if you are considering switching over to LED lighting, get in touch with our team at Australian Lighting today! We have a huge range of LED lights available, and we also specialise in custom LED strip lighting projects. For more information, call us at 03 9583 3773 .
*Source: The Guardian – Halogen Light Bulbs Could Disappear from Australian Stores within Two Years