Over the last few years, the costs of LED lighting has tumbled significantly meaning more households are considering the switch to the eco-friendly lighting option. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of LED, and are they a good choice for your house?
Energy efficient – LEDs are up to 90% more energy efficient than filament or halogen bulbs.
Long Life – a correctly fitted LED light should last over 50,000 hours, compared to the 5,000 of traditional bulbs.
Durability – LED’s are also somewhat more rugged than traditional lights as they are made of solid material with no filament or tube to break.
Instant turn on– Unlike eco-lights which have a warming up period, LED lights turn on instantly
Controllable – LED’s can be controlled for brightness and colour as well as directionality. This means there’s no light wasted.
Environmentally friendly – As well as great efficiency LEDs contain no mercury or other hazardous substances.
Cost– Although the price of LED bulbs has fallen significantly there is still a higher outright cost price. This will eventually be offset by savings
Over Heating– Poor quality, or badly fitted LED bulbs are prone to overheating causing the LED to burn out
Directional light– Older LEDs used to emit light like a torch, in straight lines. Although new bulbs have improved the light spread is not quite the same as a standard bulb.
Dimmable compatibility– LED lights are not always compatible with older dimmer units, so a new switch may be needed