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Let there be light!

For the next installation of Alternative Energy Made Easy I have decided to concentrate on LED Lights. These are fantastic as they are not only eco-friendly, but they also cut down one’s electricity consumption by up to 90%!! Replacing your regular lights with LED lightss is one of the first steps in making your household environmentally friendly.

What are LED Lights?

LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode. Basically, as the name suggests, this is a little diode that emits light when in an excited or active state. Each LED light bulb is made up of a number of diodes, dependant on their respective wattage.

Which Light should I choose?

When replacing lights in your home, the general rule of thumb is to opt for a LED Light bulb that has 10% of the wattage of your existing bulbs i.e. 60W bulb should be replaced with a 5W LED. With regard to colour, pure white is very much like the stark white of fluorescent tubes, whereas warm white is equivalent to the regular bulbs in people’s homes.

There are various codes on LED lights which may seem a bit complicated, however, I have made a list to clarify them for you.
1.    B22 – Bayonet 22mm diameter 220V input
2.    E27 – Edison Screw In 27mm diameter 220 volt input
3.    E14 – Edison Screw In 14mm Diameter 220Volt input
4.    GU10 – 2 Pin Downlighter Fittings 220V Input
5.    MR16 – 2 Pin (thin) Downlighter Fittings 12V AC
6.   MR16 – 2 Pin (thin) Downlighter Fittings 12V DC

The B22 (bayonet) and E27 (screw in) are most like the normal household light fittings.

The Benefits of LED Lights

LED Lights really are a fantastic way of cutting down on your electricity costs, and though they may seem pricey at first, the benefits in the long run are insurmountable.

•    The power consumption is 90% lower than regular lights
•    They have a life span of between 50 000 to 100 000 light hours
•    There are a great variety of lights including strip lights, floodlights, fairy lights, fluorescent tubes, lamps and downlighters.
•    You can find them in almost every colour.

Hope this helps to clarify things a little, and if you need any further information, please feel free to comment on this post.

So start now by investing in your own LED Lights and SAVE, SAVE, SAVE! Can you afford not to?

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