LED Lighting at Home: 5 Tips to Maximize Usage

LED Lighting at Home: 5 Tips to Maximize Usage

Bearing an extensive lifespan, many homeowners deem LED light bulbs as great alternatives. The energy efficiency of LED lighting technology makes it an ideal choice for those who want to save more in terms of energy and the associated costs.

Certainly, LED light bulbs may cost more when you purchase them initially, but the following benefits you get from them will be worth every penny you invest:

  • They last longer – Highly efficient LED bulbs can last for at least ten years. This means you don’t have to replace bulbs frequently. This is quite convenient especially if some light fixtures are located in hard-to-reach places.
  • They emit less heat – Compared to halogen and traditional incandescent lights, LED lights save energy (electricity) by emitting less heat.
  • There are many color options – Tired of the usual warm yellow glow of halogen and incandescent bulbs? LED lights offer you cooler shades of daylight and white hues as well as dimmable and non-dimmable options.

Not all consumers understand how they can further maximize the use of LED technology, though. LED bulbs age throughout their lifetime, which means they get dimmer over time. However, using them right can prevent premature dimming.

To make the most out of your LED purchases and get bigger savings, here’s what you should do:

1. Control your usage

A LED bulb may be energy efficient but controlling its usage is also crucial. You need to understand the aging process of LED bulbs to maximize their energy efficiency. Make sure you don’t leave your bulbs unnecessarily running for a long time.

Make it a habit to only turn on your LED light fixture when required such as when you’re working in the kitchen or reading a book in the bedroom. Once you’re done with your task, don’t forget to turn the light source off.

Use dimmers

Bright lights are great but they’re not always necessary.

Consider using a dimmable LED spotlight or any auto-dimming elements in your indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures at home. This way, you can easily adjust the brightness of your lights depending on your need and the time of the day while also saving the lifespan of your LED bulbs in the process.

2. Don’t switch the bulbs on and off frequently

Frequently switching LED bulbs on and off can affect their longevity.

Make your usage economical by allowing the bulbs to cool down and controlling the number of times you turn them on and off. For instance, if you’ve returned to work after switching off a LED bulb, give it some time to “rest” before turning it back on. This will ensure that the bulb won’t go dim before it reaches its appropriate lifespan.

3. Use natural light

If the sun is up and still brightly shining, take advantage of this opportunity to not use your LED lights. Instead, use natural lighting to save on electricity costs and prolong the life of your LED bulbs.

 

Consider pairing your LED lights with daylight sensors so that when daylight diminishes or increases, your LED lights will also adjust by dimming or illuminating when needed.

4. Allow the bulbs to cool down

Just because LED light bulbs are more efficient and produce less heat, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give them time to cool down. Allowing your LED bulbs to cool down before turning them back on will improve their longevity.

5. Keep up with the cleaning

LED lights have a long service life compared to other lighting alternatives, but that doesn’t mean that your lighting system should remain hands-off for the years to come. It’s still vital that you continue your regular cleaning as what you’re already doing on your existing lighting fixtures.

All lighting fixtures will get dirty over time and to improve their output, regular cleaning should be done. See to it that you clean your LED lights at least twice a year.

Prolong LED light longevity

Think of your light bulbs as an important investment and opt for LED lights that give you the best benefits. By following the tips above, you can ensure that you get the best out of your LED lights.

When it comes to LED lights, make sure that you buy quality products and get them installed properly. Do your part by ensuring they are used within the parameters recommended by the manufacturer to get the best out of this wonderful technology.

AUTHOR BIO

Ajay Awtaney is co-founder of Nakashi General Trading LLC, an electrical lighting company in Dubai catering to the needs of clients and projects requiring quality lighting products and solutions. Nakashi General Trading LLC today is an approved vendor of reputable organisations (Jumeirah, Engineering Office, Meraas, Musanadah and Thumbay, to name a few) for supplying lighting products.

 

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