The first Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), developed in the 1960s, were red. It took another 30 years to make the white LEDs we know and use today, and production on any reasonable scale did not start until the late 2000s.

Back in 2010, LED lamps were a viable option for general purpose lighting, and the mass installation of LED lighting for commercial and public use became increasingly common, despite being three times more expensive than traditional options. Their popularity is easily explained.

– LED lamps have a long life-expectancy
– The LEDs’ compact size lends itself to a wide range of lamp designs
– The LEDs’ increased efficiency provides a return on investment through reduced running costs.

The appeal of LED lighting has continued to increase, with its price falling by around 80 % from 2010 to 2015. This is in part due to the decreased cost of the LED component, but also an overall trend in reduced manufacturing costs, typical of any new technology.

If LED light installation was viable back in 2010, the arguments for turning to LED lighting now are even stronger. Prices are set to continue to fall and, while it may be tempting to wait until they are even cheaper, the maths doesn’t add up. Traditional lighting, such as halogen and fluorescent, still costs more to run, and a switch to LED lighting will bring about immediate energy and cost savings.

Being an energy consultancy company, Energise does not sell LED lighting but we highly recommend them to all our customers. If you would like further information on undertaking your own LED or energy efficiency project, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the Energise team.

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