LED lighting is perfect for where directional lighting is required, as in desk lamps, overhead cooking, along pathways and stairs. LED’s save up to 90% on lighting energy bills and replacement costs.
LED vs Fluorescent
LED lighting can last upward of 60,000 hours before needing to be replaced. (You would need to replace the average compact fluorescent bulb 6 times for every LED bulb.)
LED stands for light emitting diode. LED light bulbs use about 6 watts of power, almost half the wattage of fluorescent lighting, making them 5 times more efficient. LED downlights use up to 85% less electricity than regular lamps. They are ideal for illuminating offices, supermarkets, task lighting, store displays and under cabinets.
LED vs Halogen
The heat emitted from LED lighting is minimal compared to standard halogen bulbs, which serves to significantly reduce fire risk. Halogen bulbs reach temperatures up to 350 degrees Celsius. Incorrectly installed halogen downlights can start ceiling fires that go undetected by smoke alarms until it’s too late. Recent statistics show that one in five Victorian house fires is caused by halogen downlights.
Since 1992 USA studies reveal that overheating halogen floor lamps are responsible for 11 deaths and 189 fires. When dust, insects and rubbish accumulate in the bowl design of halogen floor lamps this creates a fire hazard. Source: http://www.mfb.vic.gov.au/
It’s worth the investment to change to more environmentally friendly, cost effective and safer LED lighting. If you have any doubts about the installation of your lighting, especially downlights, then have qualified electrician perform a safety inspection and provide a quote for replacement with LED.
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