3 Reasons to Switch to LED Lighting

Switching to LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs is one of the most effective ways to slash energy and maintenance costs. In fact, research has shown LEDs use about 75 percent less electricity than halogen bulbs and last around 5 – 10 times longer, which means you save money on replacement costs and less bulbs end up in landfill.[1]

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With these kinds of numbers, it’s no wonder that incandescent lights and halogen bulbs are gradually being phased out of the Australian market. There are even government-funded initiatives out there to help home owners and business owners make the switch to energy-efficient LEDs.[2]

Clearly, now is a better time than ever to make the switch to a brighter future. If you’re ready to make the switch, contact your local electrician in Canberra today for a free, no-obligation quote.

But first, to help you better grasp the benefits of LED lights; here are 3 key reasons to jump on-board the LED revolution today.

Longer Lifespan:

You already know LEDs last longer than standard incandescent and halogen bulbs. But exactly how well do they fare compared to traditional bulbs? That depends on the type of bulb and the amount of watts they produce.

Other factors that can also cut-short the lifespan of a bulb include extreme heat or cold, faulty electrical wiring, poor product batch, and even vibration.

Here are some useful figure to help you compare the average lifespan of each bulb[3]:

Incandescent and halogen bulbs

By far have the shortest lifespan at around 750 – 2,500 hours. If used for about three hours per day, an average 60-watt bulb would last for around two years.

CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp)

CFLs have come a long way over the years. These days, the average CFL can last for anywhere between 8,000 – 20,000 hours. Plus, they come in a variety of shapes and colors to suit any application.


A long-lasting option that’s ideal for settings that require 24/7 lighting (i.e. retail stores, offices, and factories). The average fluorescent light can last for around 24,000 to 36,000 hours.

LEDs –

Are by far the longest-lasting bulbs compared to the rest. With a massive lifespan of around 50,000 hours they can last for up to 13 years if used for 10 hours per day. Although the upfront cost is higher than other bulbs, it only takes around 1 year of continual use to reclaim the cost of the bulb – due to the increased life expectancy and energy-saving benefits.

As you can clearly see, making the switch to LEDS is a wise investment if you want a long-lasting lighting system. Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what LED lighting has to offer…

To request a free, no-obligation quote from a local electrician in Canberra, call Oldmate ACT on (02) 6254 6576 today.

Reduced Energy Bills:

Since lighting accounts for around 10 percent of the average household energy bill, switching to LEDs is an effective way to slash your energy bills and reduce your overall carbon footprint.

Just exactly how much can you save by switching to LEDs? To demonstrate the value of LED lighting considers this example. If your house ran four 60-watt incandescent bulbs for 7 hours per day, making the switch to LED bulbs (under the same running conditions) could save you up to $104.24 per year on energy costs.[4]

And this is a relatively small-scale example too! If you live in particularly large household or run a business, you could save thousands of dollars on your annual electricity bill. Better still, if you take advantage of the ability to dim your LED lighting – the savings can be even greater.

To learn more about the energy-saving benefits of LED lighting, speak to a local electrician today.

At Oldmate ACT, we can assess the current energy usage of your domestic or commercial lighting, and identify areas where you can improve the energy-efficiency of your lighting system.

After this inspection, we can prepare a comprehensive report that tells you:

  • How much energy your current lighting is consuming.
  • Assess how well your current lighting is meeting the needs of your tenants, staff, and customers.
  • Estimate the potential savings, maintenance costs, and lifetime return on the investment of new LEDs.
  • Total cost of the supply and installation of new LEDs.

Once you’ve read the results of the report, your electrician in Canberra will replace your current lighting with new, energy-efficient LEDs to help your home or business enjoy massive savings over the long-term.

Flexible Design:

Because LEDs are so small they can be used in a variety of applications. From household lamps to ceiling lights, wall lights and outdoor lighting, they are versatile enough to brighten up any indoor or outdoor space – which can give your home or business a personal touch stands out from the rest.

… And that’s just some of the many design possibilities. If you want to get really creative, you can take advantage of LED lighting to a variety of areas, such as:

  • Office desks
  • Kitchen countertops and stovetops
  • Gardens and foliage
  • Ceilings – through pendant lights, ceiling fans, and chandeliers
  • Manufacturing plants and factories

Best of all? You can utilise the power of automation to take control of your LED lights. With smart lighting, you can use software (via your phone, mobile device, or desktop computer) to control both individual and set groups of lights to either switch on/off, dim, or change the colour.

When you delve deeper, you can even set-up a schedule to have your lights switch on/off, dim, or change colour at certain times of the day. For example, you can have the lights brighten up in the morning to help you wake up.

Or, you can create a geofence around your home (a virtual boundary), which allows your devices to track your location via GPS and trigger the lights before you even step in the door.

Switch to Energy-Efficient LEDs:

Ready to slash your energy and maintenance costs with new LED lighting? Get in touch with Oldmate ACT today for a FREE quote. Simply call (02) 6254 6578 or send your online enquiry. Your electrician in Canberra will gladly discuss your lighting needs and give you an obligation-free quote.

[1] https://www.energy.gov.au/households/lighting

[2] https://www.victorianenergysaver.vic.gov.au/save-energy-and-money/discount-energy-saving-products/save-with-these-energy-efficient-products/lighting

[3] https://www.thelightbulb.co.uk/resources/light_bulb_average_rated_life_time_hours/

[4] https://www.lighting.philips.com.au/consumer/led-lights/led-savings-calculator

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