Homeowners need to consider a range of factors when buying light bulbs for their home, ranging from shape, size, colour and temperature, to energy consumption and cost per unit, as they will all have a bearing on customer satisfaction.
Each bulbs has its own purpose, just as each person has their own preferences, and there are a variety of lighting solutions available on the market, each designed to cater for personal choice.
In an ideal world, homeowners are looking for bulbs that are not only compatible with their light fittings, but also affordable and with low energy consumption.
At the same time, the bulbs have to provide the quality of illumination they desire and have decent life expectancy.
Though some people do not consider bulb longevity as being a factor in their decision, it is an important consideration, as longer lasting bulbs allow homeowners to reduce the amount they spend on lighting units in the long term, while simultaneously limiting maintenance work.
When bulbs are placed in hard-to-reach locations, for example, longevity can be a major advantage, as needing to get a ladder every time a bulb blows can be both time-consuming and frustrating.
LED bulbs provide a solution to the problem. They work in a different way to traditional incandescents and halogens, as they do not require heat in order to generate a light source. By nature, stable bulbs require little electricity to power, and are as much as 90 per cent more efficient than other types of bulb, and so built to last many years longer.
When a GU10 LED bulb is inserted into a compatible fitting, it could be ten years or longer before you have to think about replacing it, and it will not blow like other bulbs, but start to fade over time. It will simply keep going until the light quality diminishes to the point that you need a new bulb, and so regular light bulb changes are likely to become a thing of the past.
For all LED users, fewer bulb orders will be required, as LEDS bulbs can typically last up to 20,000 hours, as opposed to incandescent bulbs, which have a 1,000-hour lifespan. So, although GU10 LED bulbs may cost slightly more to purchase upfront, they offer a payback in the future through their long lifespan.
When their low electricity usage level is considered – meaning they can be lit cost-efficiently, even if the lights are on for most of the day – there are legitimate financial savings to be made by upgrading to LEDs.