L.E.D lamps have been around for a while now and have at long last manifested themselves into something quite reliable, yet also within our household budget. In essence they’re now cheap. This is due to the massive competition that’s now out there between rival lighting companies. Each manufacture is trying to outdo their rivals on Brightness, Lifespan and Cost. So in a nut shell it’s an efficiency war.

When I hear the word L.E.D I used to automatically think of a neatly stacked array of small bright dots. That fortunately is a thing of the past in regards to illuminating an area with L.E.D lighting. It’s now possible to produce as much, if not more light from a single L.E.D module then from an incandescent lamp (que the applause). Because of this it has opened up the doorway in regards to shape and size of the lamps that these L.E.D’s can be used in. To cut to the point they have got an L.E.D equivalent lamp (light bulb) replacement for every light fitting in your home, garden and local takeaway shop.

Now this is the part which gets the wallets out of pockets. This is the key piece of information that will define your decision of whether it’s a new filament bulb from the local supermarket or a visit to a nearby electrical supplier for an L.E.D equivalent.

Are you ready?

The amount of energy that you save during the lifespan of an L.E.D lamp will more than cover the cost of your next lamp. So from one perspective you could say the next lamp you buy will be your last. To explain that phrase more clearly, every other lamp which comes after has been paid for by the reduced energy cost.

How is this possible? Using a GU10 style lamp as an example, it’s possible because an L.E.D will use around 90% less energy than a standard halogen lamp. That’s 4.5Watts rather than 50Watts. It will live for roughly 20,000 hours where as a standard halogen would be lucky to provide 3,000 hours.

Now of course this doesn’t apply if you don’t get yourself a half decent lamp recommended from an electrical supplier. These lamps will come with at least 2 or 3 years warranty. A good tip is to keep these receipts in the box you keep your replacement light bulbs in. Come on we all have that box under the stairs or in the shed. Just keep those receipts in there and if perchance a bulb doesn’t quite make the whole trip, then you can go get yourself a free replacement.  I tell my customers that it can actually be quite rewarding to have a bulb go early. If you have a lamp which is estimated to last 2 years and it lasts for 1 ½ then hey presto you get a free lamp and effectively at least 3 ½ years for the price of 2.

I could really just rabbit on about lamps and light all day but there’s probably nobody left to read it because you’re all out buying L.E.D lamps probably so I’ll end it here.