Save Money On Your Energy Bills By Switching To LEDs

In this day and age, when you go to the supermarket one week and come back the next to find that your standard pint of milk has gone up a further 10p, it’s easy to understand why we are all currently looking for ways to cut back and save money. With household energy bills only expected to rise even higher, it’s no wonder why almost three-quarters of people residing in the UK are looking for simple yet effective ways to reduce their ever-soaring energy bills. Switching to LED bulbs is one of the easiest ways in which you can help combat the cost of living crisis and here’s why.

Make small changes

Approximately 11% of the average UK household’s energy bills is accounted for by their lighting usage around the home, so making small changes, like switching all your bulbs out for LEDs, is sure to help you save and lower the cost of your household’s annual energy consumption.

What are LEDs?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. LED bulbs and light fixtures work by pushing an electrical current through a microchip, which illuminates the tiny light sources we call LEDs and the result is visible light. LEDs are widely known to produce less heat than their predecessor (incandescent bulbs) as they don't emit infrared light, which is responsible for creating heat; leaving LED bulbs cool to touch, even when they have been switched on for hours.

Proven to consume 90% less energy in comparison to traditional incandescent and CFL light bulbs, LEDs are much cheaper and cost effective to run, making them a great energy-saving alternative.

What is the lifespan of an LED bulb?

The lifespan of LED bulbs and light fixtures varies, as they do not typically ‘’burn out’’ like standard halogen bulbs. Instead, LEDs go through lumen depreciation where the brightness of the LED components dim slowly over time. 

Thanks to their long life and energy-efficient qualities, you can rest assured that switching to LEDs will save you money in the long run, as you will rarely have to replace these. LEDs may cost more to buy initially when comparing to incandescent bulbs, but they have an average lifespan of up to 50,000 hours (incandescent bulbs only have about 750 hours). Simply speaking, if you use your LED bulb on average 4 hours a day, 28 hours a week every week, the same bulb will still be working in over 30 years time. If you use an incandescent bulb 4 hours a day, every day, you will be fortunate if that 1 bulb lasts you a year, making the LED the much more durable option.

Additionally, due to their long life, LEDs are also considered to be environmentally friendly as they produce very little waste and are mercury-free. LEDs also benefit from being bright instantly, so you won’t have to worry about any delay in illumination when switching on the lighting in your home.

Available in a range of colours and temperatures and able to work consistently, even in low temperatures, LEDs are perfect for both indoor and outdoor use and will work well in any room in the home.

Summary of Benefits of LEDs:

  • Energy-saving - use less energy than traditional bulbs
  • Cost little to run
  • Long-life
  • Will rarely need replacing
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Give out light instantly
  • Operate well even in low temperatures
  • Suitable for all purposes and every room in the home
  • Available in a range of colour temperatures, so you can find the perfect one for you and your needs

How are LEDs used in lighting?

LEDs are used in a vast range of fixtures and bulbs for illumination, due to their size and flexibility. Their small size and flexible nature means the possibility of their applications are endless and they can be integrated into many lighting styles and designs, regardless of the complexity or simplicity of the structure. This means that LEDs are replacing the need for the conventional interchangeable ‘bulb’ fitting, which has historically been specifically created for traditional lighting fixtures. Compared to conventional lighting technologies, LEDs have a far wider range of applications and offer greater potential for innovation and creative scope in lighting, as they are small in stature and extremely versatile.

What are LED smart bulbs?

Visually, smart LED bulbs are almost identical in both appearance and design to regular, incandescent light bulbs. They are available with many different fitting caps and in a broad range of styles. However, the main difference between smart bulbs and traditional incandescent bulbs, is that Smart bulbs can be partnered with a smartphone, tablet or mobile device. Often, this connection occurs by means of a “hub,” like the Tuya Smart app, which acts as a gateway that communicates with the smart bulbs in your home via an app on your phone or tablet.

What are the benefits of smart bulbs?

The easy installation of smart bulbs is not the only advantage this type of LED bulb offers. Other benefits include:

Light customisations

The ability to create your own ambience: from the brightness to the colour of the light, Tuya, our smart LED bulb, can be customised as you please, so you can create the perfect atmosphere in your home every time.

Voice control

The bulbs can be set to connect to a smart device, such as an Alexa or Siri, so you can control the lighting in your home without the need to even rise from your seat once.

Schedule routines

Through the app, you can create and save your own settings by automating routine tasks, such as scheduling the light to go on/off (even when you are out) or setting your favourite lighting brightness and temperature.

Even when you are at work or enjoying a relaxing holiday abroad, you will have the ability to operate the smart bulbs in your home. This is thanks to the bulbs being designed to operate on a cloud based system on your mobile device, so distance will never be an issue when it comes to controlling the lighting in your home.

Still need convincing on the benefits of changing to LEDs? Why not read our Blog?