LED light bulbs represent the very latest in household lighting technology. We at YourWelcome are seeing a large number of our customers replacing existing halogen bulbs with LED alternatives. Despite a higher initial purchase cost, they soon allow users to save money on electricity bills, thanks to their extremely low power consumption.
LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs are now beginning to develop into a usable alternative to halogen bulbs, they come on immediately, are around the same size as standard lamps and offer extremely long life. The downside of the technology is the fact that they are often considerably more expensive that halogen equivalents and some are not compatible with dimmer switches.
Can I simply swap halogen light bulbs with LED’s?
The simple answer is yes – they will fit and work, however there are some really fundamental differences in the light they produce. An LED will produce a more concentrated beam which will travel a long way whilst a Halogen will usually produce a more widespread and uniform beam. If you choose an LED with a narrow beam then place in above a table you will see a bright circular area with an obvious edge – this makes them perfect for focused lighting but not so good for general purpose lighting. If you need lamps for general lighting then you really need to look for a wider beam for it to be usable. You will also notice that LED lamps do not generate the heat that their equivalent halogen and incandescant counterparts do. Halogen lamps especially create a lot of heat, most average power LED lamps can still be handled directly after being switched off, only feeling warm. This is partly to do with the energy they use, it is directed into providing a light source and not for heating your ceiling void and light fitting!
Whilst the output of LED bulbs is definitely improving, you need to be aware that the higher light output lamps will appear expensive BUT they will still pay for themselves many times over in terms of power savings and you have the advantage of a usable and attractive light – with LED’s you really do get what you pay for. In many cases up to 90% energy saving can be achieved compared to the halogen and incandescant equivalents.
Where can I use LED light bulbs?
LED bulbs are used for both general and special purpose lighting. They are available in many different colours, which are produced without using filters. This greatly improves their energy efficiency over a white light source that generates all colours of light before removing unwanted colours with a filter.
LED sources are compact, giving flexibility in designing light fixtures and good control over the distribution of light with small reflectors or lenses. They are also very durable in comparison to many existing technologies – there are no glass tubes to break and all internal parts are rigidly supported making them resistant to vibration and impact. They also do not contain any mercury.
LED bulbs are intended to be interchangable with incandescent lamps are made in standard light bulb shapes, such as an Edison screw base, an MR16 or GU10. They are available in both low voltage (12v) and mains AC (220v-240v).
Browse our range of GU10 LED bulbs.