LED Bulbs are Easier to Replace than Low Voltage Bulbs

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Recent advances in Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology have lead to LED bulbs overtaking Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) as the preferred low energy alternative to halogen. As well as lasting thirty to forty times longer than halogen and three to four times longer than CFL, LED bulbs offer far greater energy savings. In terms of light output, LED bulbs now provide the same quality and intensity of halogen.

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LED Bulbs are Easier to Replace than Low Voltage Bulbs Recent advances in Light Emitting Diode LED technology have lead to LED bulbs overtaking Compact Fluorescent Lamps CFL as the preferred low energy alternative to halogen. As well as lasting thirty to forty times longer than halogen and three to four times longer than CFL LED bulbs offer far greater energy savings. In terms of light output LED bulbs now provide the same quality and intensity of halogen. Earlier generations of LED bulbs gave LED lighting a bad name within the lighting industry as they provided very low levels of light and produced poor colour reproduction. Older generations can generally be identified by having a bubbly front lens with multiple LEDs whilst new power LEDs are flat and contain three or four power LEDs behind a glass front similar to a halogen. More advanced LED chips are now used from manufacturers such as CREE that produce the same clear white light often associated with halogen. Older inferior LEDs should only be used for decorative purposes not ambient lighting. High power LEDs now offer a true low energy lighting solution. The main problem with LED bulbs is the price they cost around ten times more than halogen and three times more than CFL. This price is justified when you consider savings that can be made. The first saving is made in the life expectancy of the bulb youre actually getting better value for money by choosing LED. For example a fifty watt halogen bulb will last for two thousand hours compare this with a seven watt Philips Master LED bulb which will last for forty thousand hours. This means that over the same

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time period of forty thousand hours you would be paying for twenty halogen bulbs when just one LED bulb would do. This would make a saving of around ten pounds as buying one seven watt Philips Master LED is cheaper than buying twenty fifty watt halogens. Admittedly this saving could take long period of time to achieve and will depend on how many hours per day the bulb is in use. The forty thousand hours life expectancy of the Philips Master LED could range from four and a half years if left on constantly to over eighteen years if used for six hours a day. The best way to convert life expectancy into actual days or years is to base the daily usage by the hours per day it will be left on for. For example if the LED is used for six hours per day it will last for eighteen years. If the daily usage is less than six hours it would last even longer. LED bulbs are a fit and forget product.

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