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Shoud I convert to LED lights?

Posted by Simon Caddy Electrical on 13 February 2017
Shoud I convert to LED lights?
Swapping out your incandescent lightbulbs for LEDs has several benefits. These include saving money on your electric bill, superior light quality, less impact on the environment and replacing bulbs once every decade or two instead of every few months.
But shopping for LEDs can be confusing. Aside from the vast array of bulb shapes to choose from, there are terms you've probably heard before, such as lumens and Kelvin, but don't exactly understand. On top of that, there's a seemingly endless array of light types and colors, such as daylight, warm white and so on. When you just need a couple of lightbulbs to replace, it all can be overwhelming.

If you're thinking of making the switch, here's what you should know about LEDs and selecting the best replacements.

How LED Bulbs Differ From Incandescent Bulbs

Light output versus heat waste. "LED" stands for "light-emitting diode."  LEDs are vastly different from incandescent bulbs in terms of the light output compared with the heat produced. One US Environmental Protection Agency study showed that LED technology converts 95 percent of the energy to light and only 5 percent is wasted as heat.

Incandescents are pretty much the opposite. They convert only 10 percent of the energy into light, while 90 percent is wasted as heat. Heat produced by LED lights is absorbed into an integral "heat sink," which prevents the bulb from overheating. Incandescents just throw all that excess heat directly into the room, which can place added stress on air conditioning systems during the summer.

Light produced by an LED is directional or focused, whereas incandescent bulbs throw light in all directions. Directional light makes the LED more efficient because the light can be focused for specific applications.

What to Use and Where

While light color choice is a personal preference, "cool white" and "natural white" are good choices for general ambient light as well as for spaces that require more focused work, like kitchens and desk areas. So you can use these light colors in most areas of your home living room, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and so on.

While cool white and natural white are solid go-tos for most uses, a bluer "natural" or "daylight" bulb is recommended for dedicated reading lamps.

For more information on choosing the right LED solution for your business or home, contact Simon Caddy Electrical or call on 0400 11 00 81.

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Author: Simon Caddy Electrical
About: Simon Caddy Electrical is an experienced and qualified electrical company providing a wide range of services, including 24 hour, 7 day a week emergency response. Operating out of Hornsby we cover Sydney's North Shore, Northern Suburbs, Northern Beaches and parts of the Central Coast. We provide a vast range of electrical services to commercial, industrial and domestic clients in accordance with all relevant Australian standards.
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