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    Hi,

    I have been looking at saving money on electricity bills as I'm sure most people are. A friend told me about LED bulbs and how much cheaper they are to run. I took the plunge and bought some 5W GU10's for my kitchen and must say I was quite surprised with them.

    We have one of those energy monitors and it used to jump up 3 or 4p an hour when the lights were switched on in the kitchen and now it doesn't move at all. I was a bit disappointed to start with because I thought it would make a bigger difference. Then I multiplied it up and it is about £50 a year. Plus LED bulbs should last 10 times longer so they tell me!

    I have since found a calculator which is easy to use and also tells you how much C02 you save too (www.kolighting.co.uk/savings-calculator).

    Thought thought it might help save some people some money like it has me.

    Would be interested in other people's savings if they change especially if they have a lot of bulbs in their house!

    Scholesy

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    Did you use the LED's to replace incandescents or CFL's?
    Edited by: "megalomaniac" 9th Jan 2011

    Original Poster

    They were incandescents (Halogen) GU10's. I was looking to change to CFL's originally as they were cheaper to buy but then read that they have mercury and other nasties, plus appear to take a few minutes to warm up where as the LEDs are instant brightness.

    Well worth the extra in my opinion.

    Scholesy

    My mate did this and saved a absolute fortune. He'd recently refurbished his house and had lots of downlights installed, kitchen, hallway bathrooms etc. His first bill after installation was considerably lower. Out of interest OP, where did you buy your bulbs?

    How much did you pay for the LEDs?

    I looked into it, and found the good quality ones were very expensive.

    now..
    1. LED's cost more so factor that in
    2. the spread of the light on them is not as good as "normal" bulb
    3. you really do have to pay for the better quality bulbs (by that i mean colour, LED's are graded on a scale 1-100 i think depending on how close they come to the colour they should be)

    Original Poster

    I got mine from Ebay. There are a lot on there that ship from China so they take ages, I went for a UK seller so had them in a few days.

    There are plenty on there so just search for the ones you want. Like I say just be careful of the 3W ones as most of those are only good for 35W halogen replacements, hence why I went for the better 5W ones (even though they are dearer I think they were worth it). The original 3W I got the wife complained she could hardly see where she was going. Luckily she was happy with the 5W ones!

    Scholesy

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    I agree about the colour SOSAGES. The original 3W ones where cool white and were quite a blue light. So when I went for the 5W ones I choose warm white. which are closer to halogens (not quite as 'warm').

    Also agree that some are very 'spotlighty'. I think the ones I bought had a 30 degree beam angle which was about right.

    Scholesy

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    Moob, I paid about £15 a bulb but that was a few months ago.

    Are these the **** bulbs, that produce **** all light?
    Or better ones?

    ...now it doesn't move at all. I was a bit disappointed to start with … ...now it doesn't move at all. I was a bit disappointed to start with because I thought it would make a bigger difference


    Disappointed because the monitor didn't move? Did you expect the monitor to go into reverse?

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    cis_groupie

    Disappointed because the monitor didn't move? Did you expect the monitor … Disappointed because the monitor didn't move? Did you expect the monitor to go into reverse?



    I meant that I was expecting a bigger drop than a couple of pence an hour difference and that it was nothing. But as I said when you mulitply it up over a year they easily pay for themselves!

    doritos - I agree that most 3w LED bulbs are no match for a 50W halogen (at least not the ones I bought). But then when you look at the specs they normally only say 35W equivalent.

    At least I don't need to change these every few months like the halogens, I'll just sit back for 10 years until they die..........

    just out of interest, did anyone catch an advert about lowering cost of electricity something like vpower or similar, never caught it all and haven't seen it since,

    Interesting post, I'll definitely be checking these out, thanks for the tip.

    Anyone got any idea how much we could save with LED tvs? They're expensive I know, but tellys must use a fair bit of electricity.

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    Interesting post, I'll definitely be checking these out, thanks for the … Interesting post, I'll definitely be checking these out, thanks for the tip. :)Anyone got any idea how much we could save with LED tvs? They're expensive I know, but tellys must use a fair bit of electricity.



    My 40" LCD uses 125watts round about

    got this
    TVs1
    Average plasma: 301 watts
    Average LCD (standard): 111 watts
    Average LCD (backlit LED): 101 watts

    Edited by: "lumoruk" 9th Jan 2011

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    Maybe I can use the reason that LED TV's are cheaper to run than an LCD one to buy a new one??

    Worth a try!

    Would be good to hear anyone's story who does change to LED bulbs. The good, the bad and the ugly so to speak!

    lumoruk

    My 40" LCD uses 125watts round aboutThanks lumorok, looks as if plasma … My 40" LCD uses 125watts round aboutThanks lumorok, looks as if plasma are the bad boys then. Oh dear, we have one of those, may be time for a change. ;)got this TVs1Average plasma: 301 wattsAverage LCD (standard): 111 wattsAverage LCD (backlit LED): 101 watts

    Great tip on the LED lamps. I am looking at getting them installed in a new floor I am looking to put in. Did you come across any that can be used as "uplighters" flush fitting in a wooden floor?
    I think they would look great running down both sides of the hall, maybe coloured and controlled by a dimmer...

    Original Poster

    I haven't seen ny but I wasn't looking for them. It seems that most LED bulbs don't work with dimmers. The few that do cost quite a bit more I think.

    Good luck with the flat.

    We saved £300 A YEAR using the same provider for gas and electric and doing it all on line.Now that is a saving.

    We saved £300 a year using the same provider for gas and electric and doing it all on line. Now that is a saving..........

    Original Poster

    Sounds a good saving! We usually change once or twice a year and get cash back through Quidco or similar.
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