Converting to LED lights: Watts Up Electrical are experts in converting homes to LED lighting. Over the next few months we will be posting everything you need to know about LED lights and converting from traditional halogen. I’m 100% LED now – I recommend converting to LED lighting fixtures for all my domestic and commercial customers who are renovating an existing property or building a new property. The traditional incandescent bulb worked by sending an electric current through a filament to heat it until it glowed, with the air-tight glass enclosure filled with inert gas to prevent the filament (made of tungsten wire) from oxidizing (rusting).
1. Colour control – One hundred shades of white.
With LED lights, knowing which colour you like is important. You need to pay attention to light ‘temperature’. This is measured in Kelvin (you’ll find it on the packet of any light bulb). I like a warm white, much like the old-fashioned tungsten bulbs. This is about 2700 Kelvin (K). Simon Brammer of the Ashden Foundation wrote an excellent article on LED lighting for the Guardian. To read the full article click here. It’s interesting that folks from colder climates tend to favour a warm light, while folks from hotter climates prefer something more white or blue. Now I understand the colour I like, I generally get the right bulb each time.
2. Cost saving
3. Solar Compatible
LED lighting systems are completely compatible with solar generation. Load is lower per unit and consumption can be control accurately to get the best load balance for your power consumption. Read more about LED and solar in our recent post
Save Money on Your Energy Bill – Go Solar
4. Rapidly developing and advancing technology offering new products and effects.
5. Heat Danger
6. Insulation Loss
7. Size and range
New adhesive strip lights, security lights and soft comestic
8. Reduced Carbon Footprint
LEDs are the most efficient lighting source on the market today and are one of the best things your family can do right now to stop global warming. If you have an average of 20 lights in your home all using halogens, that’s about 260 halogen bulbs you’ll be adding to the landfill pile over a period of 20 years. Say there are 2 million homes in New Zealand. If each of those households were to use halogens, that is roughly 520,000,000 halogen bulbs being added to the landfill over a 20 year period of time.
- Most efficient lighting output, less demand on power plants
- Save on heating/air conditioning by insulating over these sealed lights
- No harmful UVC rays or toxic mercury light CFLs
- 10 to 30 year lifespan lightening landfill load
9. Less maintenance time.
10 to 30 year lifespan eliminating frequent bulb changing. You’ll save money and time with a move to LED bulbs. The bulb will cost more but will last many more hours and not lose nearly half the power you paid for through heat.
10. Compatible with modern remote and smart systems like Nest.
Future proof your home. The internet of things is here. As you are driving home, use your smart phone to turn on your home heating and lighting, garage doors and even your Home Theatre System. Certain products like the LIFX smart LED bulbs are also read-only devices that they can interpret signals from the Nest Protect smoke detector (the bulbs will blink and change color to red when the Protect detects smoke). One and a half years after a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that saw over a million bucks’ worth of consumer excitement, the Lifx multicolor smart LED is now available to the public at a price of $99 per bulb. With 1000 lumens to the Philips Hue’s 600, it claims to be the brighter, better color-changer, and a more accessible one too. Lifx bulbs base their smarts off of a Wi-Fi connection, which makes each one usable right out of of the box.
11. Lower Energy Bill
Energy bills are much lower when you convert to LED lighting in the home. LED lighting is finally coming of age, but many of us are still nervous of this relatively new technology and have unanswered questions. Dan and the team will be happy to answer your questions or organise a site visit to evaluate the lighting in your house. We will consult with you about how you can best improve your energy consumption and eliminate the waste and danger from your electrical systems. To find out more about Dan Jackman and the team at Watts Up click here. To read more about the Watts Up domestic services click here.
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