Sometimes, Valentine's day can feel like a real drain on your wallet instead of being the charming, romantic occasion that we all hope it will be. More often than not, on the 14th of February, fancy restaurants are booked to bursting point, boxes of chocolate have been ransacked from shelves and Instagram has been taken over by extravagant bouquets of flowers. No doubt, all of these romantic gestures come with a pretty heavy price tag, but what if there was a way to get romantic without the expense?

Why Buy Dimmable Bulbs and Not Candles?

One way of setting the tone for a magical evening with your loved one can be as simple as lighting. Room lighting for many is the first thing they think of when tasked with creating a romantic atmosphere. Whether this is in the form of candles, a sunset, sunrise or even... dimmable LEDs. Yes, LEDs!

Whilst candles are ideal for Valentines, opting for a set of dimmable bulbs instead would be an investment that is sure to win praise each and every Valentines day with only minimal preparation! And, not only would they be great for Valentines but how about other special occasions? They are perfect for anniversaries, quiet birthdays and even intimate social gatherings.

Indeed, being able to set the tone easily with just the turn of a switch means you are prepared for almost any occasion. And, LED is the gift that just keeps on giving! With a life expectancy of anywhere between 15,000 and 50,000 hours a new set of LED lights are sure to last you for many, many years to come (unlike candles)!

Why Choose LEDs?

Although incandescent bulbs tend to be loved most for their warm yellow glow, they unfortunately have many flaws. This includes their high energy-consumption (which is bad for the environment and your pocket) and their high heat production.

All these things taken into consideration, the LED equivalent looks immediately superior, especially as LEDs are now made to mimic the warm glow that incandescent bulbs are so well-known for! To get this warm glow, you'll want an LED bulb with a colour temperature between 2700 and 3000 Kelvins!

With a room or home full of dimmable LEDs you'll be able to precisely set the tone for each area depending on your mood. Had a hard day? Simply turn the lights down and enjoy how much money you'll be saving off your energy bill thanks to the low energy-consumption of our fabulous LEDs!

How to Set up your Lights

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When looking to make the change to dimmable LEDs in your home, you must first make sure that the bulbs you're buying are actually dimmable! This is a common mistake so you should always look for a clear indication that they can, in fact, be dimmed.

At LED Monkey, you can use our sidebar navigation menu, product title or product specification table to ensure that you purchase the right bulb. Now, to make sure that your dimmable LEDs can actually be dimmed, you'll need the right dimmer (in case you weren't sure, we're talking about DIMMABLE LEDs).

Which Dimmer Works Best with LEDs?

In short, LEDs work best with a trailing-edge dimmer so you'll need this kind of dimmer as opposed to a leading-edge one which is most commonly used with incandescent lighting.

What makes trailing-edge dimmers so LED friendly? Well, thanks to their additional features such as soft start, multi-channel, silent-running and smooth control dimming capabilities, LEDs benefit from these conditions, meaning they last much longer!

On the LED Monkey site we even have the perfect LED trailing-edge dimmer switch for you to peruse! Available in four contemporary finishes, you are sure to find the right one to suit your home décor.

How to Install your Dimmer Switch

We don't pretend to be qualified electricians here at LED Monkey and nor should you, but if you'd like to know a bit more about installing an LED dimmer switch, then take a look at the helpful video below.

As always, if you're not sure what you're doing, then call an electrician! No doubt, an electrician will get you wired up and ready to go in no time and you can get on with enjoying your new lights and modern dimmer switch.

So, next time you're thinking about booking that fancy restaurant for Valentines day, don't forget that a few dimmable LEDs can go a long way to creating a romantic mood in your very own home! Mood lighting and a delicious home-cooked meal can be just as thoughtful!

Call us at LED Monkey!

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If you need any advice about purchasing dimmers or indeed switching to LED lighting for your home or business, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 999 7797 and speak with one of our friendly customer service advisors.

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