Look out now for LEDs

“Admittedly, LEDs cost more initially – you can expect to pay between R200 and R300 for an 8W LED bulb (equivalent to a 60W incandescent) – but they also last much, much longer,” says Berry Everitt, MD of the Chas Everitt International property group.

“LEDs have a lifetime of up to 50 000 hours in continuous operation, compared to about 1200 hours for an incandescent bulb and 10 000 hours for a CFL, and given their energy efficiency, will very rapidly pay for themselves.”

In addition, he says, homeowners appreciate the fact that LEDs light up instantly, don’t flicker, generate a better colour light than fluorescents and can be used with dimmer-switches.

Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, Everitt notes that LED lighting is a proven technology that's been in widespread use since the 1960s. “Traffic lights, electronic instruments and other devices rely on LEDs, and because they are so energy efficient, they have long been used in places where lights are switched on for an extended period of time such as restaurants, office blocks and parking lots.

“But now LED lights are rapidly gaining popularity in homes too, probably because they are more readily available in formats that enable homeowners to simply replace their old incandescents or CFLs in ordinary bayonet and screw-in bulb-holders.”
What is more, he says, LEDs do not contain hazardous materials, such as the mercury found in CFLs and fluorescent tubes, which have to be handled very carefully and properly disposed of when they stop working in order to prevent mercury from poisoning landfills.

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