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LED Lights - An Eco-friendly Alternative

LED lights can be a great way to add decorative lighting to the home - plus they are cheaper to run meaning lwer bills. Next generation LED lamps may last 60 years

LED lights – an eco-friendly alternative

It is almost impossible to buy an old fashioned light bulb these days, in fact they have been phased out and will no more be produced. So what are the alternatives? Well we all know about the low energy lights which we buy at the supermarket, but many of us will not have considered the LED as a source of lighting for our homes.

LED lightLED lights are perfect for decoration and tend to emit a low level light, but they can make a good source of additional light in the home and will last much longer and are cheaper to run than a conventional bulb.

Scientists have found a way of making LED lights which produce a white light suitable for use in the home and have calculated that if all lights in our homes and offices were replaced with LED's we would save enough electricity to dispense with 8 power stations and could cut electricity bills for the home owner. Even better,the ones the scientists are working on only need replacing every 60 years. It is expected we could all be using them in 5 years time.

Some city councils are already taking advantage of the savings offered by LED. Edinburgh council have installed a number of street lights using the technology and have saved 50% of the cost of each one. In addition, they reduce energy consumption by 50% and have a seven year life span, reducing the need for maintenance. The only drawback could be that they tend to emit a very focussed light, but this is good for reducing “lightspill” which can be a problem in highly populated areas.

While it is not common to use LEDs in the home for general lighting, they are actually available and will fit into standard fittings. Manufacturers claim that they are more hard wearing than standard light bulbs and last around ten years at the moment. They can cut running costs by 90%. They also produce a clear sharp light with no flicker and are said to be closer to daylight.

While LED's may only be used as accent lighting in our homes for the most part, or thrown over the Christmas tree, there is a good chance we will all be using them as the standard form of lighting in the years to come.