Why Choose LED Lighting ?
With money tight for a lot of people, and many wanting to do what they can to avoid wasting energy for green reasons, innovative ways of keeping energy use and costs down in the home are becoming more and more popular. One way you can make running your home both cheaper and greener is to use LED lights where possible. Here we take a look at why LED lights are such a great energy saving option, and how to use them to create beautiful effects in your house or apartment.
What are LED lights?
The term LED stands for “light emitting diode”, and it is quite simply a form of electric lighting. LED is used in all sorts of things, with many television and computer displays now LED, and LED light displays featuring on all kinds of appliances like microwaves, digital TV boxes, washing machines and more. They are also increasingly being introduced in the car industry, as a more energy efficient and long lasting way to create the bright lights needed for your vehicle’s head and tail lights.
Why Are They Better?
LED lights that you can use in the home are longer lasting than most normal bulbs, even energy saving varieties. They also give light instantly when you switch them on, unlike most energy saving bulbs which have that dim wait time before they give you the full powered light you need. A good LED bulb will last for about fifteen years, and they don’t have the wire filament that can burn out in traditional bulbs. They are also a lot more durable, so you won’t smash one if you drop it while changing bulbs or moving things around. LED lights don’t waste heat as they light the room, so they use the energy powering them a lot more efficiently. This is how they can significantly cut down your lighting bills.
LED lights are also a lot more flexible in terms of how they can look than normal bulbs, or energy saving bulbs which can sometimes be bulky and oddly shaped. You can get LED lights in just about any shape, colour, size and brightness level, and you can also get LED lights that can be dimmed to suit the mood you are trying to create.
Buying and Using LED Lights
LED lights don’t have the same wattage ratings as conventional light bulbs, but you can still tell by the packaging how bright they are going to be. A 10 watt LED bulb gives off about the same amount of light as a 100 watt standard bulb, which gives you some idea of how much energy they can save you. Sometimes, brightness is shown as a measure of lumens (the unit used to quantify light), and that same 10 watt bulb gives off about 1200 lumens.
You can use LED lights in the same way as normal bulbs, or you can get creative with strings or spotlights using colours and even twinkle effects.
About the author: Laura is a writer for Fibre Optix FX, your one stop shop for LED lights in the UK.