David Boultbee is a Technical Consultant with the LED lighting specialist Ultra LEDs. Here, he shares why more homeowners and interior designers should look at incorporating LEDs into their projects.
Due to rules put in place by the EU, incandescent bulbs were phased out here in the UK by 2011, and halogen bulbs stopped being sold to retailers in 2018. But it is still possible to pick these bulbs up and, as we're set to leave the EU very soon, we could well see these types of bulbs returning to our shelves.
However, LEDs are far superior in a lot of ways, so we would recommend opting for and sticking with these more modern bulbs and lighting solutions. Here, I'll talk you through the main benefits that make LEDs the best option for you.
Top 5 Benefits of Using LED Lighting In Interior Design
1. They're environmentally friendly.
There are a number of ways in which LED bulbs are far more environmentally friendly than their old-fashioned counterparts. Most — if not all — of the electricity they use is converted into light, whereas most of this would be converted into heat by the likes of fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. They generally run on a lower wattage than compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), too, which means they require less energy to light up to their full potential. As a result, you can get the same level of light, just with less electricity.
LED lights also last much longer — in fact, they'll typically work for approximately 50,000 hours, which is 50 times longer than an incandescent bulb, 20 times longer than a halogen lamp, and 10 times longer than a CFLs. This means it should be years before any LED lighting you install needs to be replaced, so your projects will send far less waste to landfill. Another little-known benefit of LEDs is that they can be recycled, too. So, once they do stop working, they can be disposed of responsibly.
2. They're far more affordable to run.
Because LEDs use far less energy than the likes of halogen and incandescent bulbs, they cost a lot less to run, which will be music to your ears. Lighting your home accoun