LED lighting is being rolled out on a global scale across homes, businesses and more! In recent years, the adoption of LED technology has proved that the benefits of LED come in many different forms, all of which you can enjoy when you make the easy switch to LED. So read this LED Monkey blog and find out Why Transitioning to LED Lighting is Easier Than You Think.

Switching to LED is proven to be good for the environment, your pocket and they'll look great no matter where you choose to install them. If you haven't switched already, let us show you how easy it can be.

LED Light Bulbs

At LED Monkey, we have a HUGE range of LED light bulbs! The vast majority of these bulbs are directly retrofittable. This means you won't need to get an electrician to make any changes to your wiring, you'll simply be able to take out your old halogen or incandescent model and replace it with a brand new LED version.

Our most popular bulbs are the E27 and the B22-base bulbs. They can be used all around the home and come in a variety of different styles, colour temperatures and abilities.

That's right, your choice of our light bulbs can be tailored to suit your room's specific requirements. Gone are the days that LED light was only available in cold white; they now come in much warmer hues.

Indeed, some of our filament bulbs, for example, are available in a 2700K Ultra Warm White colour temperature which mimics the hue of traditional incandescent lighting. This is a very convivial type of light that's ideal for rooms that revolve around relaxation, such as the bedroom or living room

At the other end of the spectrum, we have the 6000/6500K Cool White that looks great in kitchens and bathrooms where you need bright, penetrative light. The middle ground is a 4000K Daylight colour temperature that mimics natural light, making it great for locations all around in your home.

Not to mention, LEDs are now dimmable. This makes switching super easy if you'd like to keep your dimming capabilities but benefit from all the wonderful LED advantages! However, should you opt for dimmable LEDs, you may need to replace your dimmer switch...

Dimmer Switches

A modern trailing-edge dimmer switch

Once upon a time, LED bulbs couldn't be dimmed, but now thanks to the huge advances in LED technology we have whole ranges of dimmable bulbs in various fantastic finishes.

If you've ever swapped some dimmable halogen or incandescent bulbs for retrofittable LED bulbs, you may have noticed that your original dimmer doesn't work as well or may not even work at all!

But don't throw the LED away, the bulb is fine! You may just need to purchase a different dimmer switch! This is because traditional dimmers (known as Leading Edge Dimmers) are now quite outdated. LEDs require a much lower voltage than traditional light bulbs and, as a result, their output can be adjusted using traditional dimmer switches. 

So, to be able to dim your LED bulbs you'll need an LED-friendly Trailing-Edge Dimmer instead. This type of dimmer will effectively reduce the 240V mains supply to a 12 or 24V load that’s perfect for dimming LED lights and bulbs.

Whilst this is a fairly simple procedure, we always advocate getting an electrician to take a look if you don't feel confident enough to give it a go yourself.

Why Switch to LED?

Replacing an incandescent bulb with an LED

Despite switching being incredibly easy, you may be wondering why you should make the change at all? Well, there are numerous inviting reasons that we would love to share with you!

Fabulously Eco-Friendly

Eco-friendly symbolFirstly, LED lighting is much better for the environment due to its fantastic energy-saving capabilities. By way of illustrating, a typical halogen light bulb might use 42W of energy. However, a 10W LED bulb uses just a quarter of this energy to achieve the same brightness!

This provides you with a massive energy saving on just one bulb, so you can imagine the savings you'd make if you were to replace all the bulbs in your home with LEDs!

According to CBS News, the average U.S household has 45 bulbs! Replacing this number of bulbs would be sure to greatly reduce your energy bill, which is not only good for the environment but also for your pocket.

Marvellously Money-Saving

Piggy bank symbolThat's right, another big advantage of LED is the money they'll save you! Whilst it's true that they are initially slightly more expensive than traditional bulbs, they more than make up for this with their incredible longevity, durability and energy-saving capabilities.

LED bulbs can last anywhere between 10,000 and 50,000 hours before you start to notice a reduction in their brilliance. If a bulb has a modest 15,000 hour life expectancy and we use it for 8 hours each day, we would only need to replace it after just over 5 years!

Ultimately, you'll be spending that little bit more when you purchase them, but they'll repay you with years of brilliant illumination, whilst also saving you time on maintenance and money on your energy bills.

Sumptuously Safe Lighting

Safety/lock symbolYet another reason to make the swap is that LED lighting is much safer! To start with, they're not manufactured using wafer-thin, easy-to-shatter glass like the old incandescent variety.

And, if you've ever had the misfortune to touch a burning hot incandescent light bulb, then you'll know that it's not the most pleasant experience.

Keep children's inquisitive fingers safe and stay away from these hot (and very inefficient) light bulbs! Incandescent light bulbs only get this hot because of their startling inefficiency.

Outstandingly Efficient

Dartboard symbolFor the power they consume, incandescent bulbs produce 80% heat and only 20% light, which seems absurd for a light bulb!

However, the opposite is true for LEDs which produce 80 to 90% light and only around 10% heat, which means they should never get too hot for you, or your curious children, to touch.

Not only does this efficiency make them safer for us to touch, but it also ensures that the bulb lasts longer. This, coupled with their robust construction, makes them much more durable than traditional, fragile glass incandescent bulbs. As a result, you can rely on LED bulbs to last years upon years.

Are you an LED Convert?

If we've persuaded you that switching to LED is not only easy, but also comes with many advantages, then why not take a look at our full product range now?

We have all sorts of LED products! From light bulbs of all bases and colour-changing strip lighting, there's something for everyone.

We even have a huge range of outdoor lighting which includes spike lights, bollard lights, wall lights and flood lights. You'll be able to transform your home from top to bottom with our fantastic lighting additions.

Find Out More at LED Monkey

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If you'd like some more information or to talk over the many advantages of LED lighting, you can call us on 0800 999 7797. You can speak to one of helpful customer sales advisors or you can drop us an email at sales@ledmonkey.com.

And, you can always find us on social media. We have Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages that you can follow for all the latest LED Monkey news and info. Should you contact us here, you'll receive a same-day reply - guaranteed!

And, if you're having any problems with your LED lighting at home, why not pop over to our massive FAQs page where you'll find all sorts of really helpful solutions?

We hope to hear from you soon.