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LED Conversion – Switch to LED

Would you like guaranteed cost savings on your energy bills? And reduced maintenance costs for your home? All without having to call an electrician?

Then switch to LED bulbs. Today.

Put simply, LEDs, with their extremely long life-span and energy efficient technology will give you up to 90% energy saving. And you’ll only have to buy one LED bulb for every seven halogen bulbs that blow – or every ten bulbs if you’re looking to replace incandescent bulbs.

What’s more – it’s easy to switch to LED bulbs – you can do it yourself and start benefit from an instant saving.

Does it just feel wrong to change a bulb that hasn’t blown?

Well, the savings you’ll get from reducing your energy bills after installing LEDs will definitely help you to feel better about getting rid of a ‘perfectly good lightbulb’. The Megaman 5.5W Warm White LED Candle Bulb offers an 80% energy saving over its halogen alternative, and is ideal as a classic lampshade bulb that offers an average lifespan of around nine years! Another good choice for regular home lighting is the dimmable Crompton 7.5W Warm White LED Decorative Filament GLS Bulb – bayonet fit (also available in screw cap). This bulb produces a glowing warm white light perfectly suited to any room in your home – especially dining rooms and bedrooms.

But don’t they take a long time to ‘get light’?

Not any more – most LEDs now provided immediate full brightness with no warm-up time, so no gloomy rooms or dark corners! Plus you can now get dimmable bulbs in a range of shapes and caps – including GU10s and GLS bayonets. If you’ve got a narrow or small space such as a hallway or recess to light, the Luceco 5W Warm White LED MR16 Bulb is ideal. Compatible with a large number of spotlight and downlight fittings, this 5W bulb is a natural fit when it comes to replacing your existing 35W halogen MR16 bulbs.

Or if you’re looking to install a track lighting system for brightening corridors, stairways, hallways, or display cases and cabinets, the Luceco 5W Warm White Dimmable LED GU10 Bulb – Flood Beam is an ideal low-voltage halogen replacement, with an astounding 25,000 hours of uninterrupted output.

LED lighting is cool. Literally.

Remember that LED bulbs remain cool to the touch even after use as they don’t waste energy producing unwanted heat. The Philips 9W Corepro Warm White LED GLS Bulb – bayonet fit and screw cap is a great general-purpose lightbulb that can last up to 15 times longer than its incandescent equivalent. And with an average longevity of 15,000 hours per bulb, you’ll be able to spend time enjoying your bulb, not changing your bulb!

Working from home?

In a home office, a phenomenal amount of heat is dished out by electrical equipment – including your lights. Why not avoid the sauna effect and keep refreshed with the affordable Luceco 5W Daylight LED GU10 Bulb – Flood Beam? And with a ‘daylight’ colour (instead of ‘warm white’ or ‘cool white’) you’ll add a fresher, brighter feel to your workspace.

Ready to make the switch?

Then take a look at our full range of LED bulbs and LED lighting – remember all our fittings come with FREE delivery!

If you’d prefer to talk to one of our advisors, then give us a ring from 9am – 6pm on 0843 317 7824. Or look through our Lighting Ideas section for inspiration and guidance on how to light your home.

It’s as simple as changing a light bulb.

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

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LED bulbs, top ten reasons to switch

Following EU legislation in recent years, the import of most popular forms of traditional incandescent bulbs is now forbidden. The UK’s supermarkets have now withdrawn them completely from sale. With many alternatives to choose from why should you switch to LED bulbs? What are the benefits? This article will show you how an investment in LED bulbs is advantageous for your home.

Ten benefits of LED bulbs

1. Cost savings

It can hardly be denied that LED bulbs are initially more expensive than incandescent, or halogen bulbs, but over the long run they are infinitely cheaper than alternative options. This is because they use energy far more efficiently than any of their counterparts. The Daily Telegraph agree with us and have illustrated the savings you can make in this example.

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2. Energy efficiency

LED bulbs only use:

  • 10-20% of the energy used by incandescent bulbs
  • 25% used by energy-saving halogens
  • 50% of that consumed by high quality compact fluorescents (CFL)

3. Phenomenal lifespan

The energy-saving advantages make for an easy win, but that’s not all. The phenomenal lifespan of LED bulbs puts them way past the competition when it comes to saving you money. It also means they are extremely low maintenance.

4. Environmentally friendly

Switching over to LED bulbs is a fast and easy way to help reduce your carbon footprint. As mentioned above they last far longer and use much less energy than other types of bulbs, so you can feel satisfied that you are doing your bit.

5. LED’s will get cheaper

Manufacturers have found a new and cheaper way to make LEDs using silicon substrates. We don’t need to fully understand the science as consumers, but the tipping point for tumbling LED prices is relatively close at hand.

6. Quick payback

Although LED bulbs and fittings usually demand something of an up-front investment, pay-back on such investments occurs within just a few months, and LED is one technology that keeps on giving.

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7. It’s easy to switch

If you’re looking for a like for like replacement for your standard bulbs and want to switch to LED’s, then it’s as easy as changing a light bulb. For instance the Philips MasterLED retrofitting GLS bulb range offers a number of different standard replacements.

8. You will never burn your fingers again

LED’s produce little or no heat in comparison to their incandescent and halogen counterparts. This, of course, makes them safer for you and your family when changing them.

9. Replacement LED bulbs will mimic their predecessors

When you buy a retrofit LED bulb its design is blueprinted to emulate the bulb it replaces. GLS’s will usually have a warm 2700K output to mimic incandescent, and spotlights will be made marginally cooler to mimic the 3000K output of halogen.

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10. Some are even dimmable

Yes there are many dimmable LED bulbs on the market. You’ll need a trailing-edge or low-voltage dimmer switch. Among the very best trailing-edge dimmers for LED performance is the retrofitting Varilight V-Pro range, which has attracted positive attention from bulb manufacturers and end-users alike.

A word of warning

Not all LEDs are created equal

When replacing your old bulbs with new LED’s you should always choose high quality products in every instance. Look for top brands, and buy from an established lighting retailer who offers a guarantee. Buying LEDs from an unreliable source may well lead to disillusionment in the product.

LED lighting is clearly the way of the future. It is an amazing innovation that deserves the attention it gets. Investing in LED technology will make a big difference in terms of your carbon footprint and the money you spend over the years. Click here for more LED articles.

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Light bulb types

There are various light bulb types available on the market today. Advances in technology coupled with changes in legislation make the choice of light bulb increasingly complex. From incandescent to LEDs we will guide you through the pros and cons of each, so that you can make an informed choice.

The pros and cons of each type of light bulb

Incandescent

Let’s start with the incandescent bulb. It is one of the most commonly used in the home today and thanks to its soft warm light it has always been a popular choice. The incandescent bulb produces light with a filament wire heated by an electrical current until it glows. It is available in a range of wattages, bulb shapes, sizes and cap styles.

This light bulb type is the least energy efficient, and the majority of the power it consumes is emitted as heat (80 – 90%). Although relatively cheap to buy, it has a shorter lifespan than the alternatives averaging between 750 to 2500 hours.

Halogen

The Halogen light bulb type is similar to incandescent as it also uses a tungsten filament. However halogen gas is used as opposed to argon gas in the standard incandescent, which allows the filament to last a lot longer making it more cost effective.

Light bulb types halogenHalogen bulbs produce an attractive bright white light and use 30% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb to deliver the same light output. They also provide excellent colour rendition, meaning they bring out the best in the colours on display.

The strong bright light they emit is perfect for reading under. They are also particularly well suited to floodlighting outside the home.
Although the Halogen bulb costs slightly more than the incandescent bulb it has a longer lifespan. Halogen also gets far hotter than the incandescent, and therefore only suited to light fittings that can withstand higher temperatures.

It’s worth considering energy saving halogen bulbs as they use 30% less electricity than a standard halogen.

Fluorescent Bulbs

If we mention the word ‘fluorescent lighting’, you may think of a stark white light which would be most unattractive in the home. However, today, compact fluorescents (CFLs) are available in a variety of colours including warm whites which are suited to comforting home lighting.

Light bulb types fluorescentFluorescent bulbs are increasing in popularity as we strive to use more energy efficient lighting in our homes. CFLs and fluorescent tubes are around 75% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and only emit approximately 30% of their energy as heat.

CFLs use a different type of technology to incandescent bulbs. A gas inside the glass tube is charged up and in turn glows. Previous disadvantages of the CFL were its inability to light up instantly and occasional flickering, but these issues have now been resolved. The CFL produces far less heat than its halogen equivalent.

LED bulbs

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) consist of small capsules in which tiny chips are placed on heat-conducting material. This means they do not get hot and therefore do not burn out giving them a distinct advantage over conventional lighting. Energy savings of up to 80% can be made by installing LEDs in the home, and with a lifespan of up to 50 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb they will rarely need replacing.

Light bulb types LEDLED lighting is very durable and shock resistant. It’s able to withstand tough conditions making it ideal for outdoor lighting. It is also free of toxic chemicals.

The main disadvantage of LED lighting is the initial outlay cost, but you will quickly see a return on your investment due to the energy efficiency and lifespan (up to 50,000 hours) of this light bulb type.

Energy Saving Options

As well as energy efficient bulbs such as Compact Fluorescents and LEDs there are standard energy-saving bulbs. They were created as a direct replacement for the incandescent bulb and use both IRC (infrared coating) and xenon gas to save energy.

Therefore less heat is lost and the energy consumed is used to create the light. They produce a warm light which is similar to a standard incandescent bulb.

Why not take a look at our full range of Light bulb types.

Looking for more inspiration? Try our Lighting Ideas.