LED Preparation and Usage Advice

LED Preparation and Usage Advice - Co-op Energy Saving

Replacing your older bulbs couldn’t be easier.

If you know how to use a standard or halogen light bulb, you already know how to use an LED bulb.

There’s no learning curve involved.

This is because energy-efficient LEDs are designed to replace all of the power-hungry light bulbs you currently use:

  • On and off switches work the same
  • You can attach dimmers to set the mood
  • LEDs come in a range of light colours

They even fit into existing fittings, without you having to make any upgrades.

The same basic safety precautions also apply to both types of lighting solutions:

  • You should always turn off the power before removing or installing any light bulbs
  • Don’t install a light bulb whose wattage is higher than the recommended settings for that fitting. With LEDs, this is next to impossible since most fittings are designed for higher wattage incandescent bulbs
  • Make sure you use the proper cap fitting for each socket – i.e. screw fittings vs. bayonet cap vs. GU10 twist & lock
  • Never try to replace a burned out light while the bulb is still hot. Again, this isn’t a problem for LEDs. Thanks to their power economy, 90% of the energy that goes into each bulb comes out as light – not wasted heat
  • Keep bulbs away from children and pets. Although LEDs use less glass than traditional incandescent light bulbs, they can still break

However, there are two minor differences you’ll need to prepare yourself for when switching from incandescent lighting to LEDs:

Difference one: Be prepared to wait a long time before needing to make any more replacements. Thanks to their low wattage, LEDs last 15 years longer than their incandescent counterparts. It’ll be another 10+ years before you have to buy a new replacement LED.

Difference two: Your lighting bill is about to shrink by 90% or more.

So you’ll have the pleasure of having to think about how to spend all those extra savings.

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