How hard is it to switch to LED lighting? This sounds like the beginning of a joke, along the lines of “how many workmen does it take to change a light bulb?

Unfortunately, the answer to the question isn’t especially funny. But you may find it surprising:  so how hard is it to switch to LED lighting? If you can change a light bulb, it’s not hard at all.

You can buy LED light bulbs for 240-volt lighting circuits. They can have small Edison and standard Edison screw fittings. For these you would simply remove your old incandescent bulbs and screw in your low energy LED equivalents.

You can also use LED spotlights instead of halogen bulbs. Again, you just replace the halogen bulbs with the appropriate LED light bulbs.  However, if you replace fluorescent tubes with LED tubes, a suitably qualified electrical contractor is recommended to make changes to the fitment. But the changes don’t take long. And once they’re done, you have the benefit of an LED tube with a 40,000-hour life.

You may have a problem with dimmer switches. Your switches may not be suitable for LED light bulbs and may cause flickering. But all you need do is replace these with ones compatible with LED light bulbs.

On the whole, switching to LED light bulbs is simple. This explains why LED use is growing rapidly across the world. The low energy consumption, long life and mercury-free bulbs of LED lighting are significant benefits.

LED manufacturers are also working hard to make switchovers as easy as possible. For general home lighting, you just buy replacement bulbs. And since the average life of an LED bulb is 50,000 hours, you shouldn’t need to buy another set of LED light bulbs for about quarter of a century!

If you have any more questions or if you are thinking or upgrading your home or workplace lighting to LED’s, please contact our friendly and helpful staff on 01494 720 450or email us:

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