I’ve seen the light!

An illuminated light.

Since I went freelance, I’ve had one eye on ways I can save money and have to confess that I hadn’t thought of the following one – but I’ve seen the light now! This year has witnessed a large increase in the number of people switching to Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lighting in their homes.

On the face of it, this may not seem particularly big news, but there are several reasons why it’s a smart move. LED bulbs save energy which is good news for the environment and last significantly longer than other options, eliminating the need to change them frequently and saving expense.

We’re all familiar with other applications for the technology, of course. Most domestic appliances have LED indicator lights and there are rather a lot of the things draped around Christmas trees at the moment too, but their availability for illuminating whole rooms is more of a recent progression. Given the credentials outlined above, it’s not hard to see why this next-gen design has been taken up by so many households.

It’s not just in people’s homes, of course. As LED lighting is a particularly good option in places where the lights need to be on for a long time, it’s already common in hotels, restaurants and shops. More and more organisations are catching on too. Earlier this year, for example, Reading Council invested in LED street lighting.

In the not-too-distant future, we may also be using LED lighting to transmit data. ‘LiFi’ as it is known has already been proved to be four times faster than most WiFi connections and is likely to be much more secure.

As with any technology, you need to make sure that the LED lighting you purchase has the right specifications for your home. While manufacturers make claims about the capabilities of theirs, there isn’t yet a significant amount of independent validation going on, so it can be difficult to know for sure.

This is where Which LED Light comes in. It’s a free and impartial site that lets you compare the different options side by side. If products do have lab tests to their name, this is included. The site also helps visitors select the right light to replace what they already have at home both in terms of brightness and colour.

To start as I mean to go on, I looked into bulbs for our front room. We have to replace at least one of them every month or so and it costs a fortune as well as being a faff to deal with as we have wall-mounted lights. I found that we could replace them for a combined total of a little over £8 and make an annual saving on our electricity bill of around £25 which is well worth having.

Definitely a light bulb moment for me!

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post, however I fully intend to switch to LED and will be using Which LED Light to compare prices.

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