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Energy Saving LED Bulbs

LED bulbs are very energy efficient when compared to the incandescent bulbs and the CFLs. They are also extremely cost effective, as they will last several times longer than their traditional counterparts do.


LED lighting is the latest invention in lighting technology and LED bulbs are renowned as being very energy efficient. LED technology uses the solid state circuitry to emit light. An LED light uses a semiconductor, which contains certain tiny particles called electrons. When electric current passes through the LED bulb, the electrons start moving inside the semi-conductor and it is this movement that emits light. The beauty of LED lighting technology is that it doesn’t involve any kind of filament. As a result, 

LED light bulbs produce much less heat than their traditional counterparts.

Since they do not produce any heat, the consumption of electricity in case of LED bulbs is very low. Most incandescent bulbs generate much more heat and thus waste a lot of electricity. CFLs also generate a lot of heat, unlike their LED equivalents. The energy efficiency of these bulbs is not really affected by their size and shapes, as happens in case of the fluorescent tubes or traditional light bulbs. LED light bulbs give more light per watt when compared to other modern lighting solutions and since they do not produce any heat, they are much easier to handle during installation.


You can buy energy saving LED bulbs in various colours such as blue, white, amber, pink, red, purple, yellow, green and so on. You can also find some excellent LED colour changing bulbs. All of them look very vibrant and rich. You can also buy LED tubesLED strip lightsLED spotlights, and LED garden lights and so on as per the purpose for which you are going to use these LED bulbs. LED bulbs are manufactured in such a way as to withstand a lot of shock, vibration and even variations in the temperature, whilst being absolutely flicker-free, and totally eco-friendly. They can bring in a lot of elegance and charm to your house, while reducing your electricity bills significantly.

Whichever LED bulbs you choose, make sure you take a look at the MR16 series, G4 series, GU10 series, E27 series and the dimmable series. LED light bulbs are made by closely arranging a number of light emitting diodes inside the bulb to give it the distinct shape. The light that these LED bulbs emit is said to closely resemble normal daylight which is not so in case of the incandescent and CFL bulbs. The energy characteristics of LED light bulbs really come into play when you consider their life-span, most LED bulbs are stated to last for up to 100,000 hours. Whereas a CFL would last for around 10,000 hours and an incandescent bulb would last only for about 1000 hours. That’s 10 times longer than a standard light bulb! Although LED bulbs can be quite expensive to buy at the outset, looking at its life span and energy efficiency, you can say that it can be very cost-effective in the long run.

LED Lighting FAQs

Since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, the technology has progressed in leaps and bounds. Now scientists believe that LED lighting is the next generation of lighting technology. This is still an area of ongoing research and newer and better LED lighting is continuously being developed. LED lighting is today’s cost effective and eco-friendly lighting choice. LED lights work on the principle of using semiconductors to produce light energy. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about LED lighting and its uses.

What is LED lighting? 

A Light Emitting Diode (LED) is a device consisting of a semiconductor which emits light energy when an electrical current is passed through it. LEDs can thus be used for a wide range of lighting applications.

What are the advantages of using LED lights? 

LED light bulbs are more efficient than incandescent lights bulbs. Incandescent bulbs produce light by heating a thin tungsten coil. This causes generation of a large amount of heat resulting in huge energy wastage. In case of LED lights, electrical energy passing through the semiconductor efficiently converts into light energy, with no production of heat. LED lights also have a longer life span, and are cold lighting options that reduce the risk of fire. LEDs can also work in both AC and DC modes. In addition, they are smaller, lightweight and resistant to breakage.

What are the environmental benefits of LED lighting? 

Of the total electricity produced in the country, around 22% is used for lighting. Therefore, by switching to LED light bulbs the total electrical consumption can be reduced by a significant amount. Most of the electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels, releasing toxic chemicals and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This contributes to destructive phenomena like acid rain and global warming. By reducing our energy usage, we can reduce the amount of harmful chemicals that are released into the environment and fight the looming threat of climate change.

Are LED lights cost effective? 

Yes, LED lights are definitely a cost effective lighting solution. They may be more expensive than incandescent bulbs, but the extra cost is covered within a period of one to two years. This is because LED lights use 80 to 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs; hence you will see a significant reduction in your electricity bills. It has been estimated that for every 60W incandescent bulb you replace, you will save up to £17 per year with an equivalent LED light bulb. Moreover, LED lights have a working life of 100,000 hours whereas incandescent lights can last for about 1000 hours only. So, you don’t have to worry about spending money for replacing light bulbs either.

What is the colour of LED lights? 

LED lights are available in a range of colours such as, white, blue, green, yellow, orange, amber and red. The white LED lights are of three types. The warm white LED light closely resembles incandescent light and has a slight tone of yellow or orange. The natural white LED gives a much brighter white light and is commonly used in offices, workshops and other work environments. The cool white LED light has a hint of bluish tone to it and it is commonly used in manufacturing industries where bright light is required.

It can work out quite cost-effective for you, if you wish to replace your incandescent and CFL bulbs with LED light bulbs. Contrary to popular belief, it is relatively simple to install  LED lights at home, read on to find out more.

LED lights are now widely available and they are becoming increasingly popular these days because of a number of factors including energy efficiency and significant cost savings. You can get various types of LED lighting fixtures to suit the requirements of your home. You can get LED garden lights if you wish to decorate and brighten up your garden. There are LED bulbsLED tube lights and various other kinds of fixtures that you can use in different rooms of your house. If you are planning a party or a family get-together, you can also get colour changing LED bulbs to give that extra atmosphere and ambience. You can also get LED decorative lights for those special event, the most popular being LED Christmas lights.

LED Hut is the UK’s premier website offering a huge selection of LED lights for sale at the cheapest prices. It is a good idea to install LED lights at home. You can either call a professional or you can even install one yourself.  However, before you think of changing your lights from incandescent ones to LEDs, you need to get your lighting systems assessed. It is good to get a professional to do this for you so that you understand the pros and the cons of it. Definitely LED lights are much more energy efficient and long lasting but whether they will suit your home needs is something that has to be determined.

If you have decided to install LED lights in your home, start off by removing the old tubes or incandescent fittings and turning off the electricity to these fixtures. In the case of LED tube light fittings, remove the starter or the reflector that is located behind your LED tube. Your LED tube will most probably come with electronic ballast. If it does have one, you have to open the fixture cover and remove this ballast. Cut the unnecessary wires but keep enough to be able to reconnect this ballast to the wire nuts. Now reconnect the wires to complete the circuit. Put back the reflector and the fixture and switch on the power once you are done.

It is quite easy to install an LED tube light as mentioned above. Similarly you can also install an LED bulb and it is very similar to installing an incandescent one. Since they produce no heat, it is also very easy to replace LED light bulbs and tubes. However, as they have very long life spans, you may not even find the need to replace them. If you find it difficult to install an LED light all by yourself, you can take help from the internet as a vast amount of tutorials are available on the net. You may even find some videos that can help you out. Getting professional help is recommended if you can find one easily.


LED Light Bulbs Comparison


When compared to non-LED home lighting solutions, there is no question that LED lights are more energy efficient with a far longer life span. Take a look at the following LED lighting comparison information to see how much money you could save with LED Hut and our great range of LED light bulbs.

Features of LED & non-LED Light Bulbs Compared

Features

Incandescent bulbs

CFL (Fluorescent) bulbs

LED bulbs

Watts per bulb

60

14

6

Life span of each bulb

1200 hours

10,000 hours

60,000 hours

Amount of electricity used in 60,000 hours

3,600 KWh

840 KWh

360 KWh

Cost of electricity @£0.20 for each KWh

£720

£168

£72

Number of bulbs required over 60,000 hours

50

6

1

Cost of each bulb

£1.25

£2.98

£15.98

Bulb expense for 60,000 hours

£62.50

£17.88

£15.98

Total lighting cost for 60,000 hours (cost of electricity + bulb expense for 60,000 hours)

£782.50

£185.88

£87.98

LED Light Bulbs Cost Comparison

The following data assumes you will be using approximately 30 light bulbs around your home at any point in time.


Features

Incandescent bulbs

CFL (florescent bulbs)

LED bulbs

Cost of 30 bulbs

£37.50

£89.40

£479.40

Number of bulbs that you would require for 60000 hours

50

6

1

Bulb costs for 60,000 hours for 30 bulbs of each

£1875

£536.40

£479.40

Electricity costs for 60,000 hours

£21000

£5040

£2160

Total lighting cost of 30 bulbs for 60,000 hours

£23,475

£5,576.40

£2,639.40

Thus, if you replace your incandescent of CFL bulb with an LED bulb, you could save a significant amount of money - running into the thousands of pounds - on electricity consumption and cost of bulbs over the lifetime of the bulbs. Using LED light bulbs will dramatically reduce your lighting costs and you will reap the environmental benefits of using energy efficient lighting.

LED Lighting Solutions Compared


Types of LED lights

Watts

Lumens

Lifespan

LED GU10 bulb

3 watts

70lm

50,000 hours

MR16 LED Bulb

3 watts

240lm

50,000 hours

LED down lights

3 watts

160lm

50,000 hours

LED spotlights (PAR20, PAR30 and PAR38)

5 watts

900lm

50,000 hours

LED floodlights

10-30 watts

100lm

50,000 hours

LED tube

8 Watts

800lm

30,000 hours

LED garden lights

28 Watts

2180lm

30,000 hours

LED lighting solutions also include LED ceiling lightsLED wall lights,LED strip lightsand dimmable LED lights. You can choose any kind of LED lights for homes depending upon your preferences and requirements. LED lights are proven to be energy efficient and extremely long lasting when compared to incandescent lights and CFLs.

When choosing LED lights for your home it is essential to understand the light output ie: how bright the LED bulbs are going to be. The standard light bulb wattages you may be used to do not apply to LED bulbs, check theis useful comparison table below to see exactly which LED light bulbs you need.


Light output in lumens

Incandescent in watts

CFLs in watts

LEDs in watts

450

40

8-12

4-5

300-900

60

13-18

6-8

1100-1300

75-100

18-22

9-13

1600-1800

100

23-30

16-20

2600-2800

150

30-55

25-28

Features of LED Lights & non-LED Lights Compared


Features

Incandescent

CFLs

 LED lights

Durability

Fragile

Fragile

Durable

Sensitivity to humidity

Some

Yes

No

Sensitivity to temperature

Some

Yes (if temperature goes under -10 degrees Fahrenheit or above 120 degrees Fahrenheit they may not work

No

Turns on instantly

Yes

There will be some delay

Yes

Frequent on/off cycling

Some effect

Drastically shortens the lifespan

No effect

Heat emitted

High

Medium

Low

Frequency of replacement say in about 50,000 hours

4

5

1

Hazardous materials used

None

Contains about 5 mg of mercury in each bulb

None

Emissions of carbon dioxide

4500 pounds per year

1051 pounds per year

451 pounds per year

RoHS compliant

Yes

No

Yes

Failure modes

Some

Yes – could succumb to smoke or fire or it could even omit some kind of odor

Not typical

 

Installing LED Lights at Home

It can work out quite cost-effective for you, if you wish to replace your incandescent and CFL bulbs with LED light bulbs. Contrary to popular belief, it is relatively simple to install  LED lights at home, read on to find out more.

LED lights are now widely available and they are becoming increasingly popular these days because of a number of factors including energy efficiency and significant cost savings. You can get various types of LED lighting fixtures to suit the requirements of your home. You can get LED garden lights if you wish to decorate and brighten up your garden. There are LED bulbsLED tube lights and various other kinds of fixtures that you can use in different rooms of your house. If you are planning a party or a family get-together, you can also get colour changing LED bulbs to give that extra atmosphere and ambience. You can also get LED decorative lights for those special event, the most popular being LED Christmas lights.

Global LED is the UK’s premier website offering a huge selection of LED lights for sale at the cheapest prices. It is a good idea to install LED lights at home. You can either call a professional or you can even install one yourself. However, before you think of changing your lights from incandescent ones to LEDs, you need to get your lighting systems assessed. It is good to get a professional to do this for you so that you understand the pros and the cons of it. Definitely LED lights are much more energy efficient and long lasting but whether they will suit your home needs is something that has to be determined.

If you have decided to install LED lights in your home, start off by removing the old tubes or incandescent fittings and turning off the electricity to these fixtures. In the case of LED tube light fittings, remove the starter or the reflector that is located behind your LED tube. Your LED tube will most probably come with electronic ballast. If it does have one, you have to open the fixture cover and remove this ballast. Cut the unnecessary wires but keep enough to be able to reconnect this ballast to the wire nuts. Now reconnect the wires to complete the circuit. Put back the reflector and the fixture and switch on the power once you are done.

It is quite easy to install an LED tube light as mentioned above. Similarly you can also install an LED bulb and it is very similar to installing an incandescent one. Since they produce no heat, it is also very easy to replace LED light bulbs and tubes. However, as they have very long life spans, you may not even find the need to replace them. If you find it difficult to install an LED light all by yourself, you can take help from the internet as a vast amount of tutorials are available on the net. You may even find some videos that can help you out. Getting professional help is recommended if you can find one easily.

 

LED Lighting Tips and Advice

LED light bulbs are the most energy efficient and eco-friendly lighting solution for the home. If you have never used LED lights but are keen to give them a try, the following LED lighting tips will help you to select the correct LED light bulbs for your home.

If you have chosen to switch to LED lighting for your home, then you will certainly not regret it. However, before you go on a spending spree for your new LED lights, you should know a thing or two about the lights themselves. You have to know which types of LED lights will be perfect for your home and which areas of your living space will benefit from this type of lighting the most.

Here are a few Global LED top tips that will help you to choose the right LED light bulbs for your home, so that you can enjoy the full benefits of energy-efficient, eco-friendly LED lighting.

  1. LED lights are much more expensive than incandescent light bulbs and CFLs, but their benefits lie in helping you save money in electricity bills and maintenance costs in the long run. So, you don’t have to use LED lights for every single light fixture in your home in one go. Think about which areas need lighting the most and start switching to LED light bulbs from there.
  2. LED lights require very little maintenance and don’t have to be replaced for about 10 years. So, if you have bulbs that are difficult to change because the light fixtures are hard to reach, then you might want to change these bulbs to LED lights right away.
  3. When you are buying LED light bulbs you should always remember to use warmer lighting for the indoors and whiter lighting for the outdoors. For interior light choose bulbs with a temperature of 2500 to 4000K and for the outdoors go for bulbs with a temperature of 5000 to 7000K.
  4. LED lights are great when used for task lighting because they produce unidirectional light. You can fit LED strip lights quickly and easily under kitchen counters to illuminate the area perfectly when you cut and prepare food.
  5. LED lights are perfect for use in decorative lighting around the home. They are available in a range of colours and can be used to illuminate shelves with different lighting effects. Since LED lights don’t produce any UV radiation, they can also be used as spotlights for UV sensitive works of art.
  6. If you have children in the house, you should use LED lighting for their rooms. LED lights don’t contain any harmful chemicals like mercury that is present in many fluorescent lights and do not produce intense heat like many halogen bulbs. Hence, they pose no hazards even if they are within your child’s reach. 
  7. LED lights are great for use in directional lighting so they are ideal for use in track lighting and spot lighting. If you want to disperse the light, then you can install LED globe lights.
  8. LED lighting is cool lighting, which means that it doesn’t produce as much heat as traditional incandescent bulbs. So an ideal location for LED lights is in rooms that have a tendency to become overheated. LED lights will help to keep all your rooms cool.

These tips mentioned above will help you to smoothly transition your home to be illuminated with LED lighting. Your rooms will be cooler, brighter and your home will become a beautifully lit, perfect eco-friendly environment.