LED Conversion
Introduction

In today’s modern world, the use of energy in the form of electricity is becoming more and more expensive as the energy suppliers ramp up their tariffs to levels not seen before in human history.

Every person who either rents or owns their own home is being affected by this unsettling turn of events which is causing some families on low incomes to have to choose whether to heat their home or feed their families.

It’s not just a problem faced by the domestic sector, the commercial and industrial sectors are feeling the pinch too with energy costs spiralling ever upwards.

What can be done to curb the extortionate costs of our electrical energy use? Read on to find out more.

The Problem

Aside from modern buildings of all types be it domestic, commercial or industrial, the overwhelmingly vast majority of buildings we currently make use of are of the 1900’s era.

There is obviously nothing wrong with this at all but, you have to think of how these buildings were designed and built at the time.

In most cases, buildings of this type were generally built to a very high standard but the one factor that they all fail on are the electrical standards when compared to their modern counterparts.

You see, Energy Efficiency Standards simply did not exist when these building were designed and built and, as such, the electrical fixtures and fittings are of a type that do not conform to the modern Energy Efficiency Standards.

This means that the fixtures and fittings that we currently make use of day to day, are costing us a small fortune to run and maintain.

The Solution

As the title suggests, LED conversion! A simple LED conversion can make a huge difference to your monthly energy costs and not just by a small margin, in most cases, an energy saving of over 50% can be achieved per item converted.

For those that are unaware, it is the wattage of the item that you are using which determines the ultimate cost when combined with your individual energy tariff.

In a typical home, there will be around 12 ceiling lights each of which will contain a single lamp (bulb) with a minimum wattage of 40 watts per lamp. Assuming all lights are 40 watts each, that’s 480 watts if all lights are switched on!

The modern LED equivalent typically runs at 10 watts which equates to 120 watts if all lights are replaced with an LED replacement…..it doesn’t take a genius to figure out the potential savings!

Choices Choices Choices

Lamp Type

Average Life Span

Dimmable

Average Cost

Incandescent & Halogen

 

1,000-2,000 Hours

Yes

£1-5 (Incandescent)

£1-10 (Halogen)

Compact Fluorescent (CFL)

8,000 Hours

Certain Types

£2 – 12

Light Emitting Diode (LED)

30,000+

Certain Types

£3 – 25

Incandescent & Halogen

Incandescent lamps are the most widely used and commonly known lamp types in active use today.

More commonly known as filament lamps, these lamps are easily recognisable by their shape, light output and fragility.
Incandescent lamps are slowly being phased out of production after worldwide, government backed ban on production due to their poor energy efficiency and long term effect on the environment.

Still, believe it or not, this type of lamp has a strong following of loyal fans due to their unique characteristics in regard to their light output type and style.
Halogen lamps are a special type of incandescent lamp. They work in the same way as a standard incandescent lamp but contain Halogen gas which adds longevity to their lifespan.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL’s)

Compact fluorescent lamps work differently to the standard incandescent lamp in that they rely on ballasts which discharge an electric current through a gas filled tube. The electric current excites the gas which produces Ultraviolet light which then passes through the phosphor coating giving off the light that we see.

CFL’s are more energy efficient than their incandescent counterpart but they have a number of drawbacks in their operation which makes them unpopular such as:

 

  •  Slow start-up times of up to 3 minutes to full brightness
  • Do not react well to rapid switching on and off
  • Not aesthetically pleasing to the eye
  • Cold weather performance leaves much to be desired
Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s)

LED’s are a completely different animal to the above two types of lamp in that they work as an electronic device. In a standard bayonet cap lamp, a small transformer is utilised to convert the AC (Alternating Current) to DC (Direct Current) which powers a small circuit board which contain the LED’s.

LED’s work by converting electrical current into light by the use of a series of diodes and semi-conductors and come in various shapes and sizes.

The applications for this technology are virtually limitless when it comes to any lighting project whether that be in the home or business. LED technology is still growing in complexity and capability and is easily controlled by your home automation products such as:

Google Nest Hub
Amazon Alexa
Harmony
Samsung Smart Things
Apple HomeKit

And many many others……

Now for the best bit, efficiency. A typical LED lighting product will operate at 90% efficiency in comparison to Incandescent and CFL technologies. The long term energy costs are undeniable and will save you money on your electricity bills guaranteed.
LED technology has come a long way since it’s general acceptance in the 90’s, I will be honest here and say that I really disliked LED lighting back in those days.

Installing an LED downlight in your kitchen for example, would produce quite a harsh, bright light which tended to beam its light output into a small area.

Modern LED technology is, on the other hand, a much more refined affair where light output is very balanced with an even spread. With colour changing options on the fittings themselves and the ability to remotely control the light output if required, modern LED’s are an attractive proposition.

There is an initial cost to installing any LED product as they are generally a lot more expensive than Incandescent or CFL but, as mentioned above, the energy efficiency benefits make that initial cost well worth the investment. You will start to see the savings in energy costs within the first year where the savings will grow exponentially year on year.

Follow the link below to input your existing energy requirements in order to see how an LED conversion could make a massive difference to your energy needs.

https://www.thecalculatorsite.com/energy/led-savings-calculator.php

LIGHTING ENERGY GUIDE

 

LIGHTING TYPE STANDARD WATTAGE LED EQUIVALENT
6 Inch Pendant 40-100W 4-12W
5 Foot Fluorescent Batten 58W 18-24W
6 Foot Fluorescent Batten 70W 28-34W
Halogen Floodlight 100-400W 10-40W
600×600 Modular Fitting 18W x 4 (72W) 30W
1200×600 Modular Fitting 36W x 4 (144W) 60W
Emergency Bulkhead 8W 1W
Large Metal Halide Floodlight 1000W (1kW) 200W
Conclusion

If you have read this far, then I’m quite certain by now that you’ll have a firm understanding of the benefits that an LED conversion can provide. Be it in your home or place of work, you will reap the rewards of not only using less energy and therefore reducing your monthly electricity bills, but also, your impact on the environment. The carbon footprint of your premisses will be drastically reduced and, year on year, you will see a noticeable change to your outgoings.
Yes, for some, the initial cost of having LED installed at your premisses can be a bitter pill to swallow but, you are not doing it for the here and now, you’re doing it for the future of your home or business in respect of energy costs because I guarantee, the cost of energy will only ever go in one direction…up.

I hope this information has been of some benefit to you and, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us where we can guide you in the right direction.