Once you’ve had LED floodlights, there’s no going back

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If you’ve ever lived in a house without automatic floodlights, then had experience of a place with them – there’s no going back. It’s one of those situations where you can’t imagine how you ever used to cope without them.

The problem, though, with a lot of automatic floodlights is the brevity of the shelf-life. They can be a bit of a pain to fit, then because they’re exposed to the elements, there’s almost always a small measure of moisture ingress in the cheaper versions and you find you’re having to replace them – sometimes after as little as three or four years.

Then there are the replacement bulbs; the halogen bulbs, which account for the majority of outdoor floodlights, are temperamental, expensive and awkward to fit - not least because you aren’t supplies to touch them with your flesh. The reason you shouldn’t do so is down to grease and salt from your skin which gets being deposited on the quartz surface of the bulb, causing it to form 'hot spots', which, in turn, cause the bulb to warp and stretch, shortening its life.

The answer is to go down the LED route. Now this may look like a more expensive option at first glance, but it isn’t in the long run. Firstly, you can find LED floodlights onlinewhich are generally cheaper than those available from the mainstay retailers, so don’t buy the first you see. But do buy better quality versions as anything else is short-sighted. 

LEDs (“light-emitting diodes”) are semi-conductors that make both the old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs and energy saving bulbs (called compact fluorescents) seem relatively inefficient. To illustrate the point – consider that a 35W halogen replacement LED uses around 4W – a lot less than the 10W a compact fluorescent bulb would typically use, to create the same level of light. LEDs also come on instantly – as opposed to the CFL replacements for halogen bulbs that take a while to warm up and achieve full brightness.      

This goes for indoor or outdoor use of course – the principles are exactly the same. The problem is the costs which seem daunting. After all, with LED prices up to £20 per bulb, it seems an expensive initial outlay. But you have to do the maths; rising electricity prices and decreasing LED bulb costs mean that for houses for homes with a large number of halogen bulbs, the new generation of LED lighting really does make a lot of financial sense. And for outdoor lighting in particular, it also saves a lot of hassle.

Overall, it is estimated that the payback period for LED bulbs versus the halogen equivalents is now 15 months or less. If you have several halogen bulbs to change every year, the savings after this initial 15 months can run into hundreds of pounds each year. And when you bear in mind that LED bulbs come with a lifetime of around 10,000 hours or more, compared with the the typical c.1,000-hour lifetime of halogen bulbs, it’s simply a question of how far-sighted you want to be – in more ways than one!

5 Ways to Brighten Up a Room

Are you bored with how your house looks? Are you dreaming of changing up your interior completely but can’t afford it? It is not time to grieve; there are lots of other alternatives that only require some imagination of yours and our tips. We will enlighten you on some easy ways to brighten up your home without hurting your budget. Some small details can actually make huge differences; so, get ready to breathe the life into your rooms.  

Starting with the easiest, you can always rearrange the furniture and make the most of what you already have. The room will feel revitalized and completely unlike of what it used to look like. If you have lots of ideas on rearranging the room then here is a little tip: find a free version of interior design software online and generate all the versions that are in your head. This way you will avoid all the moving around fuss and choose the best option out of all.  
In order for your reorganization to be successful here are some things to consider. Create small corners for specific functions. Also, pay attention that the furniture is placed so that it does not stand in the way when moving around.   
Do not forget to check the rest of the house for some interesting items; maybe even switch couches or smaller amenities.  
Rearranging the furniture in a room is great way to freshen up the room and rediscover all the things that you once fell in love with.