10 Feb 2021

With the ever-increasing expense of just keeping a household running, we know that many families are on the lookout for ways to save money. Did you know that your home lighting can account for up to 30% of your power bill? Making smart choices with what type of lighting you use can make a noticeable impact on your energy costs. We recommend switching to LED downlights as a way to minimise electricity use and keep those bills down.

If you’re searching for a the best electrician in Brisbane area and surrounds (Alderley, Ashgrove, Bardon, Stafford, Paddington, The Gap), look no further than Allyn White Electrical.

Within the lighting industry, it’s now common knowledge that LED lighting solutions can increase your lighting energy efficiency by up to 80-90%. LED lighting cost savings are calculated based off the number of lights in a household, the hours these lights are in use per day and the number of halogen bulbs that are replaced over the span of the LED bulbs lifetime.

The lifespan of some LED products is up to 50,000 hours, which can end up saving you multiple replacements if you were using traditional halogens – not to mention the time savings of having to physically replace bulbs over and over. Also, LED technology is so sophisticated that the world’s smallest LED is around the size of a grain of salt!

How LEDs are Different

LED lighting is very different from other lighting sources such as incandescent bulbs and CFLs. Key differences include the following:

• Light Source: LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper, and a mix of red, green, and blue LEDs is typically used to make white light.
• Direction: LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient for many uses such as recessed downlights and task lighting. With other types of lighting, the light must be reflected in the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture.
• Heat: LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.


Save your money with LED lights

LED bulbs are the most energy-efficient lighting option available. This is because the amount of power they take to generate light is so much smaller than other forms of lighting. For example, LED bulbs use less than 25% of the power of incandescent light bulbs. Because they are so energy-friendly, having LED downlights installed can reduce the electricity you use to light your home by 80%. Great news for both your wallet and your environmental conscience! That means that if you had a $300 power bill, and $100 of that was caused by your home lighting, you could reduce that by $80 with LED lighting. Interested? Call Allyn White Electrical for more information.

Longer Lifetimes

On top of their energy efficiency, LEDs also have a very long lifespan. Gone are the days of replacing bulbs every other month, or straining to reach those high ceilings! Once you’ve had LED downlights installed, the bulbs will last approximately 50,000 hours – that’s nearly 20 years – which is an impressive five times longer than your average halogen downlight. How much difference would that actually make to your wallet? Well, working with current prices, by replacing 20 incandescent bulbs with LED downlights you would save more than $3,000 over the bulbs’ 20-year lifespan.

LED Lights Can Help Keeping Your House Cooler In Summer

During the hot summer months, keeping our houses cool becomes top priority. Many of our customers are shocked to learn that only a measly 5% of the energy used by traditional light bulbs is converted into light. Where does 95% of the energy go? It becomes heat. And over the course of an evening, the heat produced by incandescent light bulbs can raise the temperature in a room by up to 6 degrees celsius. That’s the last thing any of us need on warm summer nights! LED lights, on the other hand, generate very little heat. With their ‘cool touch’ design, having LED downlights installed in your home can make it easier to keep your house cool. Not only will your family be more comfortable, but you may not need to blast that airconditioner quite as much which will help keep those power bills down.

For a free quote by a licenced electrician call 0416 235 641 or simply complete the online enquiry form and we will call and arrange to quote your switchboard and electrical requirements. Our charge out rate remains the same during the week, weekends and after hours, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!

sources: azoogi.com.au, energymakeovers.com.au, energy.gov

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