If you've only ever bought incandescent or halogen bulbs before, you might not know that LEDs last much longer! This means you get more for your money, but why exactly do they last longer? And, how long can you expect the average LED bulb to last? Read the LED Monkey blog and Discover Why LED Bulbs Last Longer.

Traditional light bulbs are disappearing from our stores

After the introduction of The Halogen Ban in September 2018, suppliers of halogen bulbs were no longer allowed to either manufacture or sell halogen light bulbs (aside from any remaining stock). Instead, you'll find a growing number of LED bulbs appearing on the shelves (and online) to take their place!

A modern LED-lit bedroom

However, there's no need to worry. LEDs are just as bright! And, they're available in a range of colour temperatures for you to choose from!

So, you can keep that ultra warm white glow (2700K Ultra Warm colour temperature) that you've become used to from halogen lighting! Warm White is still the most popular colour temperature, as it's great for relaxing spaces like the living room and the bedroom.

Or, you can opt for the brighter whites (Daylight White 4000K and Cool White 6000K), both of which are ideal for areas such as the kitchen and bathroom.

LEDs are longer-lasting

But, there will be one BIG difference - how long they last! Indeed, instead of mere months, you'll only need to replace our high-quality LED bulbs every ten years or so.

This is because LED and halogen/incandescent bulbs have majorly different designs. You'll probably know that when your halogen bulb stops working, it 'blows' literally burning itself out, and all of a sudden you're stuck in the dark!

The LED that we use today won't burn out as it doesn't use a heated filament to provide light. However, what you will notice with an LED is that after years of use the light output of the bulb will steadily decrease. So, you'll never be unexpectedly plunged into darkness.

What is Lumen Maintenance?

Replacing an incandescent bulb with an LED

As mentioned above, the light from an LED bulb will fade over a long period of time. As such, it will only need replacing once its light intensity falls to 70% of the brightness it began with.

The word 'lumen' itself is a unit of brightness - The higher the lumens, the brighter the bulb.

So, if you see a bulb with a 50,000 hour life expectancy, it should retain it's initial brightness for more than 17 years if used for 8 hours each day!

After this time, the bulb brightness may have faded by 30% and will continue to fall if not replaced. At this point, it's wise to replace it with another LED bulb to keep your home brightly lit. But thanks to the LED's slow fade, you should have more than enough time to find a suitable replacement.

So, what is the L70 Rating on the packaging?

The L70 rating is only applied to LED bulbs when it is proven that they can maintain 70% of their initial brightness after their given hourly life span.

Whether they have 20,000 or 50,000 hour life-spans, LED bulbs should still maintain 70% of their initial brightness after this time has elapsed.

The graph below clearly indicates just how much longer an LED will last in hours (on average) than the five other leading lighting types.

Graph showing how much longer an LED lasts than other forms of lighting

As you can see, LED beats them all hands down! The difference is especially apparent when you compare the popular incandescent and halogen bulbs to the average LED life span, as it lasts well over 10 times as long!

LEDs produce much less heat

A big part of LEDs lasting longer is the fact that they produce very little heat. If you've ever been curious enough to touch a switched on incandescent or halogen light bulb (which we don't recommend), you'll know that those things burn very hot. They produce 80% heat and only 20% light!

However, LEDs completely reverse these figures. They generate between 10 and 20% heat and 80 - 90% of their energy goes towards doing what they're actually supposed to do - making light! As a result, our LEDs suffer much less wear and tear from the damaging effects of the heat.

So, now you know! You can keep your home and garden shining brightly with LEDs for decades with the right LED bulbs!

Get in Touch with LED Monkey

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If we've convinced you that LED is the way forward, you may want to check out our fabulous website at https://ledmonkey.com/. Here, you'll find all sorts of LED products!

From LED strip lights and light bulbs to outdoor lighting and switches, we have it all. With long-lasting abilities and competitive prices, not only will you be saving heaps of money by switching to LED, but you'll also be helping the environment in the process.

Don’t hesitate to contact us here at LED Monkey! You can call us on 0800 999 7797. Or, you can e-mail your enquiry to: marketing@ledmonkey.com.

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