Choose LED lighting and cut your energy bills

Choose LED lighting and cut your energy bills

Summer is a good time of year to revamp your home and garden lighting. So if you've not switched to LEDs, well you're more than missing a trick...

LED bulbs now fit most types of fixture, from pendants to desk lamps

You can find LED bulbs to fit most types of fixture, from pendant lights to desk lamps. But even though the price of LEDs has come down massively, lots of us have still to switch to them - which is costing us dear.

LED bulbs are a fantastic way to upgrade your lighting while drastically reducing your energy consumption. There was a time when LED bulbs were available only in a limited range of styles - and they came with eye-watering price tags, sometimes as much as £160 per bulb! Thankfully technology has come on hugely over the past few years and LEDs are now an affordable and viable option for any home.
 
Cut energy consumption by up to 70 per cent 
 
It's estimated that 15-20 per cent of the world’s electricity supply [1] is used for lighting, so if steps can be taken to reduce reliance on traditional solutions it could have a wide-reaching impact on global energy resources. LED bulbs are extremely energy efficient when compared to traditional lighting solutions, with up to a 90 per cent reduction in energy consumption vs. incandescent or halogen bulbs, and up to 60 per cent when compared to fluorescent bulbs[2]. 
 
In addition to improved energy efficiency, LEDs have a much longer lifespan, lasting up to three times as long as fluorescent bulbs and up to a staggering 50 times longer than the incandescent bulbs we all used to use[2]. That means you can leave it far longer between replacing your bulbs, saving you time and money. However, the environmental benefit of LEDs doesn’t stop here; as the bulbs do not contain mercury, it is easier and cleaner to dispose of them. 
LED is great for outdoor lamps because you don't need to change the bulbs for years! www.lighting-direct.co.uk
Solar festoons for the garden - pretty and fun
A smart pendant fitting can transform a room.
Planters with internal LEDs for stunning effects come nightfall
Lighting for the home 
When looking to install LED lighting you'll be amazed at the wide variety of options available. Due to their versatility LED bulbs they can be used in almost any fitting, from bedside table lamps through to recessed spot lights and even ‘knockout’ feature lights. And don't forget the LED strips that can be used under kitchen cupboards to provide task lighting and mood lighting.
 
The popularity of smart LED technology has also skyrocketed. LED light bulbs are now available with built-in Bluetooth speakers, colour-changing technology and even the ability to release a fragrance - all controlled via a smartphone. For those who like to have full control over the lighting in their home, with the ability change the mood at the touch of a button, smart LED lighting is a great option.
 
LED lighting for the garden
 
Gardens are too often missed opportunities when it comes to lighting, but a few simple additions can transform an otherwise bland space into something truly magical. Festoon and fairy string lights help create a relaxed retro feel and work particularly well woven through tree branches and around pergolas. Additionally, decorative feature lights such as oversized floor lamps, hanging lanterns and light-up planters make for great focal points and add an element of fun to any outdoor space.
 
Rolls of LED strip lighting - perfect for under kitchen cupboard or any shelving. www.lighting-direct.co.uk
LEDlux G125 ES 6.5w - LED bulbs come in so many shapes and sizes these days. lighting-direct.co.uk
When choosing decorative lighting for any outdoor space, make sure that you choose lights which complement the key areas of your garden.  For example, using uplights to illuminate large trees and bushes can add a real sense of drama.  Don’t be afraid to take risks - using bold shapes and colours can create some fantastic results. 
 
LED lighting can also be used to fulfil a wide range of practical applications outdoors, such as illuminating paths and driveways, thereby improving your home’s security. For example, LED security lights with built-in PIR sensors (passive infrared detection) can act as a deterrent to would-be burglars, while ‘dusk till dawn’ lights - which as the name suggests, come on at sunset and remain illuminated until sunrise - provide a constant light source throughout the night, while using only tiny amounts of electricity.
 
Embrace solar power
‘Make hay while the sun shines’ as the saying goes, but how about storing energy while the sun shines so that you can light up your garden in the evening? Installing solar lighting allows you to make the most of the sun’s natural energy, which benefits both the environment and your wallet. Furthermore you don’t have to worry about wiring the lights to the mains or replacing batteries.
 
The future’s bright, the future's LED
Before you go out and replace every bulb in your home and garden, it is worth considering that the initial outlay for LED bulbs will typically be higher than for traditional alternatives. Don’t let this put you off though, as you'll recoup your outlay before you know it - and you can feel proud in the knowledge that you've done your bit for the environment by reducing your carbon footprint
 
 
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