There have been many worthy inventions over the decades – the phone, the mobile phone, the internet, electricity, so many things that it would be impossible to list them all. But perhaps the most useful and most relied upon is the light bulb.
It’s difficult to imagine, but at one time, homes and businesses across the UK and the world were lit by candles and then gas lights. While both gave off a low level of light, providing in some cases a little bit of heat too, there were significant disadvantages too – fire being the most obvious.
The subsequent development of electricity and the traditional light bulb then illuminated lives for many years. It was a welcome change, too, because it meant the working day could be extended from daylight hours into the darker times of the day.
And then, there came the price hikes, which the energy companies tell us is linked to the fact that non-renewable resources are beginning to run dangerously low. Green technology, including creating 21st electricity that is eco-friendly and from sustainable resources, has became the hot topic of the day.
Pressure is also on us as consumers to find ways to use less, without compromising too much of our quality of life. No one would advocate going back to candles, so we needed an answer: How to create light that is reliable but uses less energy?
Lurking in the background, usually seen as fairy lights twinkling on the Christmas tree each year, were LED bulbs. Who would think this tiny, inconsequential bulb held the answer?
But it does. With advances in technology, for the fraction of the energy consumption of conventional bulbs, these small bulbs give off the most amazing light.
But check out these other advantages:
- The bulbs contain no mercury or other toxins
- They can last up to 60,000 hour, or about a decade of use in an “ordinary” domestic situation
- Unlike their incandescent and fluorescent bulb cousins, they waste very little heat
- A 5 to 7 watt LED bulb will give you as much luminosity – that is, brightness – as an incandescent bulb or a fluorescent strip light found in kitchens everywhere
- If you don’t know how to install these bulbs, call richtek electrical
However, before you rush out and save the world by replacing all your ordinary bulbs you need to bear in mind the cost. On one hand, LED bulbs are an investment. Despite the technology being around for a while, the application of LED technology as the main lighting within homes, businesses and other commercial settings, it is still relatively expensive. However, in the long term you really will be saving, both in terms of money and energy usage.
Are they worth the investment? It would appear so. Many major electric companies and leaders in this field are declaring that LED bulbs, lighting and technology are “the future”. Coupled with the phasing out of traditional bulbs, it would seem wise to start replacing your current light bulbs with LED lights.