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How Can LED Bulbs Reduce Your Energy Consumption and Bills?

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How Can LED Bulbs Reduce Your Energy Consumption and Bills?

The first LED was invented by Nick Holonyak in 1962, but they weren’t readily available for consumers until the early 21st century. While some of the first LED bulbs gained a bad press for their seemingly cold colour, the bulbs of today are now available in a spectrum of colour, shapes and styles. In this post, we will look at the benefits of LED light bulbs, and how they can help you save money on your electricity bills.

What are LED light bulbs?

LED bulbs have revolutionised lighting. One of the most significant benefits is that they can help reduce energy consumption and thus the amount you need to spend on your electric.

How efficient are LED bulbs?

On average, LED bulbs are 80% more efficient than traditional incandescent vs halogen bulbs.

How do LED bulbs work?

LED bulbs work by converting almost all of the energy they consume into light. This is where they differ from traditional bulbs, which work by generating heat to create light, which results in a significant waste of energy.

So, how does this end up reducing our energy consumption? I like to use the analogy of downlighter (or spot lights). Say you have 10 downlighters in your kitchen, or office. The electrician that fitted them installed a traditional 50 watt halogen bulb into each one. The total wattage of the downlight circuit would be 500 watts. If you were to switch out each light bulb for it’s LED equivalent, you’d be looking at 5 watt per fitting, at a total of 50 watts for the circuit. To put this in to context, by switching to LED bulbs, the entire circuit would cost the same to run as 1 halogen bulb, which would be 90% saving in energy consumption.

What are the other benefits of LED bulbs?

As well as being incredibly energy efficiency, LED bulbs also boast a much longer lifespan than traditional bulbs. I often think back to the times before we switched to LED bulbs, and it seems like at least once or twice a month we were replacing a light bulb, using the sleeve of our jumper sos not to burn our hands. To be factual, traditional incandescent bulbs are said to last for about 1,000 hours, whereas LED bulbs are said to last up to 50,000 hours. This means you’ll need to replace your bulbs much less frequently, which is yet another saving in both money and on the environment. What’s more, LED bulbs used to seem quite expensive to buy, especially when comparing to the price of incandescent bulbs, however, nowadays LED bulbs are far more affordable.

If you want to find out more about getting new lighting fitted, or having your current lighting changed out for energy efficient lights to help reduce your carbon footprint, get in touch with the team at RCH.


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