LED Lighting October 04, 2017 What exactly are the benefits of switching to LED lighting?LED technology currently makes up approximately 20% of home and commercial lighting across the UK. It is a fast-growing industry with both homeowners and businesses recognising the benefits available from a switch to LED lighting.Why LED?Up to 90% energy savingsHuge reductions in energy bills roughly £25 savings per bulb in the home, over £50 in officesLighting pays for itself through energy savings typically in six to 18 monthsBetter quality of lightFull range of brightness dimming and colour temperatures and brightness available in all major lighting categories.According to the latest reports, LED is expected to occupy 70% of all lighting in the UK by 2020.Now is the time to add this technology to your home and will give immediate savings as well as improving the quality of light.LED technologyLED is actually a very simple technology that requires no extra training to install when compared with older lighting technologies.Complications over dimming are a thing of the past while the colour temperatures and quality of light now surpass halogen and CFL equivalents.This robust form of lighting has no moving parts and requires no gases or chemicals to illuminate, which it does instantly through a diode.Every LED (Light Emitting Diode) lamp contains a small diode particle that emits light by merging two conductive materials. When an electrical current is passed through this diode, one of the two materials produces more energy than its mate and as such acts as a semi-conductor.Because the two materials are joined, the one producing more energy transfers some to its mate and emits light as a by-product of this activity.The simplicity of this process means that no hazardous chemicals are required in the manufacture of LED, and also virtually no heat is produced and therefore no energy is wasted.LED savingsLED technology does usually cost more up-front than the lighting it seeks to replace. Once the benefits are fully understood, however, the case for LED over any other type of lighting is undeniably strong.Halogen and fluorescent lamps can be 50% cheaper, but typically last a fraction of the lifespan and also create significantly more expensive energy bills. To put this into context, Table 1 demonstrates the savings that could be achieved.Analysing the data shows that a homeowner would save £96.25 every year by switching only five halogen bulbs to LED equivalents.