Light emitting diodes, more commonly known as ‘LED’, represent the cutting edge of lighting technology. These LEDs provide a very energy efficient light source, which produces low heat and is long lasting. It is fast becoming an increasingly popular solution for residential and commercial lighting applications. LEDs are a solid-state semiconductor device that converts electrical energy directly into light, through the movement of electrons. LEDs operate on a totally different concept than traditional incandescent lights. Instead of using a brittle metal filament that is susceptible to shock and vibration, LEDs are solid-state devices with no moving parts utilizing an electronic chip that is generally encapsulated in an epoxy substrate. This design provides increased durability and a protective seal against outside or foreign elements.
LED alternatives are available from us in a large variety of retrofitting globes including;
Bayonet Cap, B22, B15
Edison Screw E27, E14
Candle and fancy round decorative globes
In most domestic cases there is a more efficient substitute. Like the florescent globe they are available both in warm white and cool white though unlike florescent, LED is an immediate light source which means no warm up time.
Replacing a 50W MR16 Halogen(the usual down light globe) would be the most common request at the moment. There can be issues when trying to replace these globes as the transformer needs to be compatible with the LED replacement. If you can find out what sort of transformer you have then we can then give you a good indication whether it will work or not. Another issue can be the housing/ fitting, as LEDs get more powerful they require larger heat sinks which makes them physically longer at the back then a halogen globe, this can be a problem if the fitting closes in at the back. Feel free to come in or give us a call for further explanation.
Dedicated/ Integrated LEDs are fittings in which the LED component is permanently built into the housing. There are no replaceable parts, this means you will have to replace the whole fitting when it eventually fails. Although this does seem wasteful, realistically they should be lasting in excess of 20 years (if used 4 hours a day).