Reasons to Change to LED lights

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Changing your globes to LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) will save you money, and maybe lots of money depending on how many fittings you change.

Here are more reasons to make the change:

1. LEDs are up to 80% cheaper to run so you save on your power bills.
2. No changing bulbs/tubes... EVER.
3. LEDs deliver brighter light with less wattage.
4. Available in warm white, natural white and cool white.
5. LEDs can be on a dimmer to save even more money.
6. Energy efficient and kinder on our environment.
7. LEDs can be used in commercial and residential applications.

Old light fittings may not be compatible with the latest technology so you may have to upgrade the whole fitting, but it will still be worth it.

Saving Our Planet

Did you know Australia generates 30+ million end-of-life fluorescent tubes and a further 20+ million end-of-life mercury-containing compact fluorescent globes? An estimated 95% of lamps that contain mercury end up in landfill each year and have the potential to contaminate water supplies through leakage from landfill. One CFL globe can contaminate up to 30,000 litres of water.

Changing to LEDs and recycling mercury-containing globes could go a long way to saving our planet.

LEDs can replace conventional incandescent, halogen and compact fluorescent lamps and depending on the globes you buy you can expect a huge saving.

Estimated bulb lifespan:

  • LEDs last 25,000-50,000 hours
  • Compact fluorescent 8,000-12,000 hours
  • Halogen 1,000-2,000 hours
  • Incandescent 1,000 hours

LEDs are very different from other lighting sources such as incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescents (CFL). The key differences are:

Light Source: LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper, and a mix of red, green and blue LEDs is typically used to make white light.

Direction: LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient.

Heat: LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.

LED is a highly energy efficient lighting technology and has the potential to change the future of lighting. Widespread use can greatly reduce the pressure on electricity power generation plants and provide savings to the national economy.

(Source: www. energy.gov)

As with any product, make sure you buy good quality LEDs, as the cheaper versions may not last as long. Once all lights have been changed to LEDs, your electricity bills will be less, especially during winter months when lights are on more.

In summer, your air conditioner will be more efficient, as it won't have to compete with the heat generated from traditional halogen and incandescent lighting.