Get your new LEDs in place this summer

With several months of long nights to look forward to, now could be the ideal time to carry out a lighting upgrade in your home.

So the clocks have gone forward, the temperatures are rising and we can all look forward to some nice long summer evenings. One of the benefits of the high season is that there is less of a need for artificial light in the home – the sun does more of the work for you at this time of year. With natural light filling your rooms until late in the evening, you can give your bulbs and installations a bit of a breather.

So perhaps if you are thinking about upgrading the lighting in your home, the late spring or summer might be the time to do it. As long as you have adequate windows as part of your property, the number of hours when you need the lights on is likely to reduce.

In many cases it isn’t necessary to call the electrician in if you’re moving from incandescent or halogen bulbs to LEDs. If the bulbs are compatible – such as GU10 halogens and GU10 LEDs – they should be readily interchangeable. It is simply a case of taking your new, energy-efficient bulbs out of their packaging and placing them in the light fitting.

Where your new bulbs are not the same shape and size as the ones they have replaced, it may still be relatively straightforward to get set up. In many situations an adapter can be used, allowing you to insert them naturally. This means you won’t have to have a new fitting installed – saving time and money in the short term.

However, it may be the case that you want to get your house set up for the long-term use of LEDs, by installing fittings and connections for your preferred choice of bulb. Completing this one-off task means you won’t have to worry about using adapters or replacing them in the future – your home will be ready to use the latest generation of LED bulbs.

Similarly, you may wish to introduce new lighting features in the home, for example spotlights in the kitchen or bathroom ceiling, LED strips on the staircase, feature lights for cabinets, pictures and other furnishings, or even security lights for the front and back doors.

These lighting installations will really come into their own in the autumn and winter, when the nights start to close in and you need to illuminate your home earlier in the day. So there may be a case for getting things set up now, at the time of the year when artificial lighting is less fundamental to your home comfort.

If rewiring work needs completing, or it takes a day or two to get all your new fixtures and fittings in place, this shouldn’t have a significant bearing on your other activities in the home. The availability of natural light should help everybody out – including the electrician completing the upgrade work.

There’s plenty of time to get your new LED fittings in place over the coming months, so it’s worth thinking about the type of bulbs you would like – their shape, size, colour temperature and output. Planning in advance, and thinking about what will work well in the home, should ensure you make the best possible decision – ensuring you are happy with the outcome of your lighting upgrade.

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