With the current rises in energy bills, which are set to increase even further, with the suggestion that ?Energy bills to rise £100 next winter,? consumers are having to cut costs and save where they can.

?LEDs represent the most significant development in Lighting since the invention of the electric light more than a century ago.?

With the movement in technology, lighting has vastly improved in terms of design and efficiency. So although LED?s have been around for over forty-five years, the design has vastly improved and is slowly becoming more mainstream and affordable.

LEDs represent the most significant development in Lighting since the invention of the electric light more than a century ago. They are as efficient as Compact Fluorescent lights (CFL?s) but have additionally benefits making them more superior to CFL?s. LEDs are not as fragile, not mercury, last longer, can be recycled and turn on instantly.

?So weighing up the pros and cons, it is quite simple to see LEDs are all-round better lighting to use in terms of cost (long-term), usage, safety, environmentally friendly and their lifespan.?

The downside and what prevents a vast amount of consumers purchasing LED lighting are the initial costs. Although the price of LEDs are decreasing, you can buy LED bulbs starting from around £4 which is more expensive than buying you average florescent bulb at around the £1 mark. But the long-term benefits seem to make those few extra pounds worthwhile. LED lighting last over 50,000 hours, (CFLs only 8,000) LEDs use only 6-8 watts (CFLs use 13-15 watts) and annual operation costs for LEDs is under £30 (CFLs it?s over £70).

So looking at these figures, it makes sense that the long term costs are significantly reduced by paying the initial costs for the LED lighting.

By weighing up the pros and cons, it is quite simple to see LEDs are all-round better lighting to use in terms of cost (long-term), usage, safety, environmentally friendly and their lifespan. But if homes/ businesses have fluorescent lights already, they may not want to fork out more money for LED?s until the lighting they have, has been used up. But it seems they will still benefit by making that change (to LEDs) and reap more benefit by replacing their lights, making them a lot more energy efficient and helping vastly to reduce energy bills.

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