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Price Drop for LED Lights Makes them Irresistible

By Edited Sep 19, 2015 1 2

With numerous benefits that are they offer including startling durability rates and energy consumption, L.E.D lights are the future fixtures that everyone needs to use in their house and offices. LED lamps are much more efficient than incandescent lights so you should consider LED bulbs after your incandescent lights fade away. It is actually cheaper to throw your filament bulbs away now than to continue using them.

Lights Last Longer

Compared to the 1000 hours of lighting offered by incandescent lamps, LED bulbs offer you around 100,000 hours of wonderful bright lighting. Translated into years, these lights offer you 11 years of 100% efficient usage and 22 years of 50% usage. Once you install an LED light fixture, you need not look at any other lighting technology for the next decade.

Comparing them with Filament Bulbs

LED lights offer you much more levels of brightness at typically less watt consumption levels. If everyone changes over to LED lighting, the ‘watt term’ of comparison might soon be replaced with ‘lumen term’ of comparison. Lumen refers to brightness, whereas Watt refers to power used. Using around 8-9 watts of energy, an lighting source would provide you around 400+ lumens of brightness, while incandescent lighting systems absorb at least 40 watts of energy and give you only around 10 lumens of brightness. This is why lumens are going to be the most important term used in comparison tests.

LEDs are much more durable compared to incandescent lamps. Unlike incandescent bulbs, L.E.D lights have no filament in place. Thus, there is no filament to melt and burn out, just a collection of long-life, low operating temperature electronic components.

Heat Production

LEDs do not heat up as much as standard bulbs do. Standard incandescent lamps produce up to 85 BTUs in an hour (British Thermal Units) while bulbs produce hardly 2-3 BTUs in an hour. Due to the sharp contrast between the heat generated, LEDs are safe to handle unlike incandescent bulbs that are too hot to touch after use. The fact that LEDs do not contribute to the raising your room temperature also reduce the loads on air conditioning systems therefore reducing energy bills further.

L.E.D Costs

LEDs are now more cost-effective than ever. The price of a 5W GU10 LED lamp has fallen to £5 from the £20 it cost a year ago. Even at £5 the cost of buying bulbs would seem an expensive exercise at first. However, if you take into consideration the fact that they operate uninterrupted for the next decade with no replacements needed at all, they do not contribute much towards your electric bill, and the fact that they do not raise the temperatures in your  home, the cost is completely justified, and is reasonable too, considering the future pay-offs.


LEDs are mercury free appliances. Since L.E.Ds work on light emitting diode principles, they need not utilise mercury in their set-up. LEDs are thus, eco-friendly appliances that are certainly much better when compared to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

If you are off grid and generating your own electricity then LEDs are perfect, drawing hardly any load from your system.

They are perfect for home owners who have instalL.E.D with wind turbines, roof top solar panels, and small-scale hydro-electric generating systems.

Halogen Spot Lights

Many people use halogen spotlights in their kitchens and bathrooms in multiple fittings, sometimes using ten lamps in one room. These lights are extremely expensive to run. The calculations below are based on November 2012 Amazon prices and average US price per unit of electricity for ONE bulb.

A 50 Watt Halogen GU10 bulb costs around $1 and burns $6 worth of electricity in 1,000 hours (3 hours per day for a year). Cost over one year is $7

A 5W LED GU10 lamp (with equivalent light output to the 50W halogen bulb) costs $6 and burns $0.60 in the same 1,000 hours. Cost over one year is $6.60.

The LED bulb also lasts twenty times longer, It really is a no-brainer, the L.E.D lamp works out cheaper even over one year.

In 10 years one halogen bulb fitting will cost the homeowner $60 for electricity and $10 for replacement bulbs - total cost $70

In the same ten year period one LED bulb fitting will cost the homeowner $6 for electricity and $6 for the bulb, which will last for another ten years - Total cost $12

If replacing just one bulb saves you that much, the savings from totally replacing all your halogen spotlights with L.E.D lamps are massive.

Replace them now and see an immediate fall in your electricity bills.



Dec 9, 2012 9:51pm
I have been wondering about LED lights. Thanks for the information!
Dec 9, 2012 10:17pm
I wondered for a long time too, then a few weeks ago the circular fluorescent tubes in my kitchen both went and I decided to replace each unit with a 6 spotlight unit. They came wit 50w halogen bulbs, but I bought 20 LED bulbs from Amazon and am so happy I am fitting similar units in my office and the daughter's kitchen. More light and fewer watts than a twin 8ft fluorescent fitting would give me.
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