what is led lighting

An LED – or ‘Light Emitting Diode’ – is a semi-conductor device that converts electricity into light, providing an efficient source of lighting. And modern LED Lighting uses the latest cutting-edge technology to add style and brightness to your home. LED lights provide a high level of light output for a very low energy input, which helps to preserve the environment and cut down on your electricity bills.

LED lights have a life of up to 30,000 hours, which is up to 20 times longer than the equivalent incandescent lamps, saving up to 85% energy and still producing the same lumens output compared to incandescent lights. Additionally, LED bulbs are an ideal and cost effective, direct replacement for existing lights.

 

Lighting type                        Estimated life

LED                                     25,000 - 30,000 hours

CFL                                     8,000 - 15,000 hours

Halogen                              1,500 - 5,000 hours

Incandescent                      1,500 - 2,000 hours

Benefits of LED Lights

The main benefits of LED lights are their energy efficiency and long life technology:

• Use up to 85% less energy than halogen or incandescent lights and up to 30% less energy than CFL lights

• Last up to 20 times longer than incandescent lights and up to 4 times longer than CFL lights

• Reduced energy consumption, saving money on energy bills

• Come to full brightness without need for warm-up time

• Contain no mercury or lead

• Operate at a much cooler temperature, making them a safer option than halogens

• Environmentally friendly – cuts greenhouse gas emissions and reduces landfill

LED lights are more expensive to purchase initially, however, on top of energy bill savings, you won’t have to replace the bulbs nearly as often (if ever), making them more cost effective in the long run

Frequently Asked Questions

Lumens

A lumen is a standard unit of light as it is perceived to the human eye. Essentially it will tell you how bright something is, unlike a watt, which is actually a measurement of energy consumption or output. Lumens are now the standard unit for measuring the amount of light produced by a light source. And the higher the lumens, the brighter the light.

A standard LED lamp will produce approx. 80 lumens per watt, compared to a standard incandescent lamp which only produces around 15 lumens per watt. This makes LED lighting much more energy efficient, producing the same output as traditional lighting with a fraction of the power.

Colour Temperature

With warm white and cool white colour temperature options, LED Lights provide a modern, designer look for all rooms in your home. The colour temperature of a product is a linear scale of measurement for the colour of light. Measured in degrees Kelvin, cool white is measured in higher numbers and warm light in lower numbers. Cool white is ideal for task-orientated areas like kitchens and bathrooms, whereas warm white helps to create a cosy atmosphere that is more suited to bedrooms and living areas.

 

Cool White / Warm White

LED Lighting Options

LED bulbs can be retro-fit into most light fittings as an energy efficient and longer lasting alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs. However, integrated LEDs come available as ceiling lights, spotlights, wall lights, table and floor lamps, delivering a crisp white light with little heat. Alternatively, you can select LED strip lights or under cabinet lights to decorate your home with modern, discreet lighting.

For the outdoors, garden lights with LEDs have become popular due to their longevity and energy saving properties, making LED garden lighting a money saving option.

And just because you're cutting down on energy consumption, it doesn't mean you have to compromise on style. Our Searchlight LED lights are available in a huge range of modern, stylish designs.