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What is an LED Lamp ?

That’s the question I was asked yesterday by the lovely Sheena Walker.

I was chatting to Sheena about the set up of our online store, selling LED lamps and lighting, but I didn't see that question coming.

The short answer is that there are many benefits, but that was never going to satisfy Sheena’s line of questioning :)

So here’s a little breakdown of the Q&A session that followed...


Q. What is an LED Lamp ?

A. An LED (Light Emitting Diode) is a semiconductor device that emits light when you pass an electric current through it. As they use very little electricity to produce such great light, they are now very commonly used in Lamps for the home and workplace.

Q. I've seen them before, but they don’t last as long as they say on the box.

A. In the early days there where many substandard LED products on the market and many people, myself included, have had bad experiences from some of these early versions. It’s one of the main reasons we backed off from the LED market a few years ago. I'm delighted to say now that we have found a quality supplier.


Q. The Bulbs I had before, gave off a blue tinge light and didn't spread the light as far as the old style bulb.

A. LED Lamps are available in several colours, you have likely bought a ‘Cool White’ Lamp, which looks like a blue tinge. I would recommend the 'Warm White' for around the home, they give of a yellow tinge light similar to the old Halogen Lamps.

Regarding the spread of light, it's down to choice, you need to pay particular attention to the beam angle, a ‘Wide Angle’ normally 120 degrees, will give a similar spread to the old Halogen Bulbs. While a ‘Narrow Angle’ will direct more of a spotlight used to light a feature in the room.

Q. Will LED Lamps fit into my old light fittings.

A. The vast majority of current LED Lamps are designed as direct replacements for old Halogen and Incandescent Bulbs (Old Filament Wire Bulbs), Some of the commercial and industrial style lamps may need some modification but this will always be noted in the product description.

Q. Will LED Lamps save me money.

A. The short answer is Yes, you will pay more for an LED bulb initially compared to the old Halogen style, but the lamps will last much longer and the running costs produce savings of up to 90%.

There you have it, a brief insight into the world of LED’s and all over a cup of coffee !!

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