low energy lighting
From 2007 LED Lights started competing with Compact Fluorescent Lights in the domestic market but were generally expensive and had poor colour rendering. As with all new technologies, a couple of versions and years later, the prices have come down and the quality has gone up to make them worth consideration.
replace light bulbs & save £85 a year
Old style incandescent light bulbs up to 60W, can now be replaced with LED bulbs for £7 to £12 each. The LEDs will come on instantly and will reduce your lighting costs from £100 a year to under £20. They will pay for themselves within 2 years and will last up to 25 years.
10 x 60 watt old style light bulbs will cost £103.80 a year.
10 x 10 watt LED light bulbs will cost £17.30 a year.
Also factor in changing standard dimmers to LED dimmers at around £20 each if required.
incandescent light 1000 hours
compact flourescent light 8000 hours
LED light 25000 hours
old style incandescent compact flourescent LED
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light fitting cost per year lumens
100 watts (old style light bulb) £17.30 1600
75 watts (old style light bulb) £12.98 1100
60 watts (old style light bulb) £10.38 800
50 watts (halogen downlighter) £ 8.65 600
15 watts (CFL light bulb) £ 2.60 800
10 watts (LED light bulb) £ 1.73 800
9 watts (LED downlighter) £ 1.56 600
5 watts (LED downlighter) £ 0.87 350
change 12 halogen downlighters to LED and save £85 a year
The typical downlighter is a 50 watt halogen GU10.
It costs about 80p to buy and £8.65 a year to run.
The LED equivalent is a 9W GU10.
It costs £6-12 to buy and £1.56 a year to run.
The LED downlighter will pay for itself in under 2 years and lasts up to 25 years.
things to note
You may need to change your dimmer to an LED dimmer.
A standard dimmer may have a power rating of 40-60 watts whereas 4 x 5W LED lights will only use 20 watts. A new LED dimmer will cost around £20.
Most rooms using downlghters are overlit and probably can be changed to 5W LED's with lower light outputs of 350 lumens.
LT lighting have an 11 watt LED light bulb (equivalent to 75 watts) that gives 1150 lumens and costs £16
A warm white similar to the old tungsten light bulbs is about 2700K. Cooler lights such as used in bathrooms and kitchens have a temperature around 5000K.
Please note your body clock is affected by the colour of the light. Cooler colours around 5000K are closest to the colour of sunlight at noon. Warmer colours around 2700-3000K are closer to sunlight at dawn and dusk.
Brushing your teeth under a cool blue light therefore is not the best preparation for sleep as your body clock will be thinking it is mid day making it difficult to get to sleep.
halogen GU10 light bulb LED GU10 light bulb
a little fun with LEDs
a 5w LED downlight that you can dim, flash, fade and change colour from its own remote control