New that Swedish furniture chain Ikea is only stocking LED light bulbs could change consumer behaviour and change the way we illuminate our homes forever.
The retail chain sells about 2.3 million bulbs in the UK each year, and LED lights are rising in popularity because they are not only up to 10 times more energy-efficient than conventional bulbs, they last several years.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, a household that replaces its halogen bulbs with LED alternatives could save about £30 a year on their electricity bills.
The benefits of LED bulbs?
- Energy efficient It can be argued that recycling yogurt pots and aluminium cans will have no influential bearing on how planet earth breathes, especially when you consider world powers continue to push out monstrous amounts of pollution. But if you are eco conscious and preserving the planet is a top priority, then turning to LEDs has to be an attractive choice.
- Cooler LED light bulbs waste a lot less heat and therefore use less energy. Not only is this fundamentally a good thing but producing little to no heat also poses safety benefits and reduces the potential of house fires.
- Instant performance Another great trait for the LED is that they have a lightning-quick switch on time. Traditional bulbs sometimes take a few seconds to truly reach their full brightness but with LEDs it’s instant, as soon as they’re switched on you’ll be met with bright light straight away.
- Colour changing LEDs do not only come in the staple cool white and warm white glows. The technology involved in producing LEDs has enabled other colours to be experimented with and taken to market. This provides a brilliant option for commercial outlets that want to stand out or for homeowners that want to introduce more colour into the abode. RGBs (Red/Green/Blue) are currently the most prominent colour lights available, these enable the user to modify a colour mix in-line with designs, emotions or brand image.
- Replicating traditional glows Some critics have suggested that LEDs can not compete with the natural glows of traditional models, but this myth has since been debunked. In fact, LEDs can now portray an uncanny resemblance to classic bulb types and glows, therefore continuing its performance but this time including additional perks.
- Less maintenance costs One of the major advantages of using LEDs is that they usually come with a much longer lifespan than traditional bulbs. Even midrange LEDs have a lifespan of around two years, meaning no replacements are needed for a very long time, transforming that once-perceived expensive price tag into actually a cost effective purchase.
- Flexibility LEDs also offer the attractive choice of strip lighting. Strip lights are long and narrow strips that accommodate tiny LED modules which when switched on will work in harmony and illuminate the area. Strip lights come with a sticky adhesive backing to enable you to stick on top of surfaces or install in hard to access locations where conventional lighting will fail.
- Size LED modules have been developed in miniature sizes to allow for integration within small objects and other technology. This discovery has seen the evolution of advanced technology and LEDs now play a vital role if a particularly small item requires the inclusion of a lighting system.
- Ecological choice Some traditional bulbs are slowly being phased out and this is for good reason – they are dangerous. Bulbs such as fluorescents contain toxic chemicals including mercury. This poses obvious risks and LEDs are looking to buck this trend by cementing a 100% recyclable, greener and safer option.
- No UV emissions LEDs illuminate using little infra-red light and barely any UV emissions. This means sensitive features such as artwork in museums or artefacts on archaeological sites retain their authenticity without fear of damage.
- Durability Because LEDs are built using strong components they are well equipped to perform in challenging environments. A resistance to shock, vibrations and general impact makes them a suitable choice for outdoor lighting, which is often exposed to wind, rain and the occasional vandal.
- Dimming One setting is not where it ends because individual LED bulbs can be dimmed. This opens up the door for a more relaxing atmosphere and can contribute to a gorgeous mood lighting effect in both commercial and domestic scenarios.
In light of all the above, isn’t it time to replace those energy zapping unreliable lamps with a few LEDs? Although you may be put off by their pricier tags you need to remember that your maintenance costs will decrease and your energy bills will be reduced, thus making them a cheaper option in the long run. But what if they don’t fulfil their expected lifespan? Well most established brand names will attach a guarantee to the bulb so if they did die before their labelled date, you’ll be covered!