All about LED lighting
Everyone's heard of LED lighting, but do you know exactly what it is and why you should be using it in your home or business? We take a look at the benefits and disadvantages.
What is LED lighting?
Traditional domestic incandescent light bulbs produced light by passing electricity through a filament. They were very energy inefficient as they only converted around 5 to 10 per cent of the energy that passed through them into light, with the rest being converted into heat, and in the UK the process of phasing them out began in 2009. A common replacement for incandescent bulbs is halogen globes, which use low pressure halogen gas to burn the filament. These are far more energy efficient and longer lasting, but take a while to warm up when switched on.
Light Emitting Diode or LED lighting produces light by using a semi-conductor and an electrical current. It's relatively new for the domestic market, but it's an area that's growing fast with new innovations being launched all the time.
Benefits of LED lighting
- it's very long lasting – lamps can last for many years
- it's energy efficient, and uses at least 85 per cent less energy than other forms of lighting
- it reaches full brightness instantly and doesn't need to warm up
- it doesn't heat up in use
- it's environmentally friendly
Many homes, companies and organisations are reporting massive savings in energy costs after changing to LED lighting.
If you'd like to know more about LED lighting for your home or business, call our office today on 01928 711444.