LED lights are becoming increasingly more popular as homes take more energy to run than ever before and utility bills are rising just as fast. People are scrambling to find ways to save money on household expenditures and simply switching light bulbs to LED lights has the potential to save you almost $500 a year. As electricians, FCF Fire and Electrical Rockhampton can help you with the installation of LED Lights in your Rockhampton home or business.

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What are LED Lights?

LED is a shortened term for Light-Emitting Diodes, which is a semiconductor that uses electricity to produce and emit a visible light. LED lights are longer-lasting, more efficient and highly durable compared to other household bulbs on the market such as halogen, incandescent or compact fluorescent bulbs. One little-known fact about LED lights is there is no such thing as a white LED light, common colors include red, green, blue and amber. The white glow from household LED bulbs is achieved through mixing or covering the LED with phosphors.

How do LED Lights Work?

LED lights are considered directional lighting, meaning they only emit light in one particular direction. In contrast, halogen and incandescent bulbs emit both heat and light in all directions, which is why they take so much more energy to work effectively. LED bulbs cost more up front than other types of bulbs because it takes complex engineering to produce a bulb that can emit light capable of shining in all directions. LED lights are also different from halogen or incandescent bulbs in that they do not burn out or fail, rather they lose the amount of light it emits and the appearance of the color will shift after a certain length of time and duration of use. When you see an average lifetime on a LED package, it refers to how long it will take for the LED light capacity to be reduced by 30%.

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Why Should I Switch to LED Lights?

Starting in 2009, Australia banned incandescent light bulbs, which left people wondering which light source they should use in their homes and businesses. Halogen and incandescent lights use up to 85% more energy than LED bulbs, which adds up to spending a significantly higher amount of money on just your energy bill alone.

LED bulbs have a lifespan of up to twenty years, depending on use, so you have additional savings in purchasing the bulbs themselves. Comparatively, while LED bulbs do cost more up front, they end up saving you money in the long run with a reduced electric bill and needing to buy fewer bulbs than other kinds in that same time span.

Additionally, LED bulbs do not contain any hazardous chemicals, gases or solids or harmful pollutants like lead or mercury which can be dangerous to have in your home or business and are detrimental to the environment. Speaking of safety, as LED bulbs utilize such a low amount of voltage, they increase the overall electrical safety of your home and reduce the risk of fire as well. LED lighting is also easier on your eyes as there is no high-power discharge unlike other types of bulbs.

LED bulbs do not heat up and stay cool to the touch, so there is no worrying about a small child touching the bulb if it’s installed in a lamp they can reach. LEDs are also coated with a thick coating of epoxy which makes them much more durable and resistant to breakage, making them a safer choice. And, if that wasn’t enough, LEDs do not flicker, can be dimmed and do not attract bugs or insects the way other heat-emitting light bulbs do.

As your old light bulbs die out, consider switching to LED lights and save money on your utility bills while enjoying safe and effective lighting. Contact us today for further information and a free quote on LED Light Installation.