The level of energy use for household lighting has risen significantly in Australia over recent years. This is in part due to the construction of larger homes and the installation of more light fittings. In fact, the average household now consumes between 8 and 15% of their average household electricity budget on lighting.
Householders could reduce their lighting energy costs by up to 50% or even more by switching to smarter choices and more efficient technologies. Inefficient incandescent bulbs have been phased out to be replaced by more efficient alternatives such as LEDS or light emitting diodes and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s). We’re going to talk about the benefits of LED lighting and how you can use it.
Lower cost and versatile
Just a few years ago LED lights were part of a niche market with a high price ticket to boot. Today LED lights are much cheaper to buy and can even be found on supermarket shelves. Extremely versatile LED lighting can be used in a variety of ways including general, task lighting, ambient lighting and for outdoors.
Cut energy costs
An LED light bulb typically lasts for around 50,000 hours which means that a single LED bulb could last you anywhere from 10-15 years – pretty impressive right? In comparison, an incandescent light bulb would last little more than 2,000 hours. In addition they use roughly 20-25 % of the amount of energy that an incandescent bulb uses, so although you pay more upfront, in the long term LED bulbs pay for themselves and actually save you money.
Where to use your LED’s
LED’s are ideal for accent lighting and beneath cabinet lighting but more recently we’ve found customers are using them in their hallways, living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms as main lighting. In fact you can light up your kitchen or living room with LEDS using 100-120 watts of power whereas with incandescent bulbs, it would take 600 watts to achieve the same level of light.
LED lighting is simply brilliant in your kitchen and can be used in a variety if imaginative ways. Recessed lights are one option but they can also be used to illuminate floating shelves or as under cupboard strips. They could also be installed beneath the surface of a frosted glass countertop to highlight its texture or how about placing them along the bottom of islands or cabinets to add a pop of colour.
Other ways to use LEDS in all rooms of your house include pendant lights, chandeliers, and track lighting. You could also use spot lights to shine on to a piece of artwork or to light up a recess. Strategically placed mirrors an also diffuse LED light around your room. Available in a wide number of shades, and easily dimmable, LEDS are fast becoming the standard in today’s homes.
Get in touch
If you’re considering LED lighting then why not get in touch with Static Electrics. We can offer advice on the best type of LEDs to purchase and can carry out installation too. Why not give us a call on 0429 139 039 to discuss your ideas.