Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Should I Replace All The Lighting In One Go?

A major point worth keeping firmly in mind is that you don't must replace all of your lighting in go. For thing it would be an upfront expense although the earlier you do make the move the earlier you will reap the benefits of very much lower electricity bills. There is no technical reason why you shouldn't for example swap out half (or whatever percentage you require) of a bank of ceiling downlights and replace these with LED equivalents. 

With GU10 mains bulbs you can mix halogen and LED on the same circuit and you still benefit from the LED ones using about a tenth as much electricity as their incandescent neighbours. With low voltage (usually MR16 and MR11) you require to also change the transformers to LED drivers than hook the LEDs up to the existing 12 volt transformers. It probably will work in the event you don't bother but all bets are off where longevity is concerned and the additional cost isn't that much, in the event you share a single driver among a group of LED lights.

Definite, each individual LED lamp costs ten times over a traditional, but they last well over twenty times longer so they in fact work out at least once as cheap on purchase costs. Factor in that the bulk of all lighting costs isn't the bulbs anyway, it's the electricity and you're taking a look at saving 90-95% of what you now spend on lighting.

The main benefit from using a gradual approach than Giant Bang then is obviously that it spreads the investment costs out. At present most individuals who buy LED lighting do so for very specific reason, which is to save serious money over time, so look on the upfront cost as a long term investment that will repay itself plenty of times over.

Here at Kat Towers for example they long ago took exception to the size of the electricity bill and the utility companys frequent adjustments to our payments and the kitchen was quickly identified as a major culprit with a bank of 12 x 50w recessed halogen spots in the ceiling that burned long in to the night most evenings. The savings in jogging costs by replacing the main kitchen lighting with LED is currently about £145 per year, so the investment is recouped quickly (about 15 months than 15 years for solar energy, by way of comparison). And naturally you can basically take the bulbs with you in the event you move from the house or use their very low energy consumption as a selling point (but not both, clearly!).

The economic case for LED lighting is overwhelming. The only issue that any ought to have with LED lights is budgeting for the switchover, finding out which of them they like best and discovering how LEDs generate scope for new home lighting ideas. We have been here before when Thomas Edison decided to do away with candles and gas lamps, and now were consigning his own amazingly important but flawed invention to the pages of history. The best way forward is to basically buy a few, experiment a bit, rinse and repeat.

A gradual switch over also gives you a chance to experiment with LED since there is no getting away from the fact that it is a different kind of light not inherently worse or better (apart from the high efficiency of coursework), but different. But there is great way to find out what suits you best and that is to get stuck in and actually buy LED lights!

But there is as well as a lovely aesthetic reason for adopting a phased switch over, which is that in the event you change all of your lighting in go it will give you a tiny bit of a shock. This is applicable whichever direction you move in, so once you've got used to the cleaner, whiter light of LED you would find that suddenly switching to halogen made everything look pink and orange. But in the event you change only a bit at a time then you don't notice anything changing very much at all.

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