Upgrading your lighting systems

LED lights are becoming more and more affordable, leading an increasing number of people to consider switching over to them. They are a great alternative to incandescent and compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs both in terms of energy efficiency and longevity. Our electricians in Staffordshire can help you to make the switch to these lighting systems, providing advice and guidance to make sure you make the right choices.

Three things you need to keep in mind with LED lights are that they come in different colours, the direction they put out light, and the need for air flows. You’ll need to consider each of these things to make sure that they are suitable for your application.

LED lights are measured in lumens rather than watts, i.e. the amount of light they put out rather than the amount of energy they consume. The difference in measurement means with LEDs you can decide how bright you want the light to be rather than having to worry about the amount of energy you are consuming. To make it easier you can consider that a 40 watt bulb is comparable to a 450 lumen LED.

The colour temperature you get will depend on the amount of lumens. With LEDs you can get softer or brighter light depending on your needs. It is also easier to connect this type of lighting to a dimmer switch if you wish.

The majority of LED bulbs will only emit light in a single primary direction. This makes them more useful for certain settings over others, particularly things like downlighting, track lighting and spot lights. In these applications the bulbs are highly efficient because they don’t waste energy emitting light in other areas. Unfortunately to light a wider space you need a different kind of bulb called omnidirectional.

The final thing to keep in mind is that LEDs need to be exposed to air flows to keep cool. Inside a property this is generally quite easy to accomplish but there are some settings when you need to be careful using them, particularly in sealed atmospheres like showers.

If you’re thinking about upgrading to energy efficient LED lighting you should consult experienced electricians to help you decide whether it is a good option for you. Our electricians in Staffordshire can install a complete new lighting system for your home or business, ensuring that all these important factors are taken into consideration.