A frequently asked question for many people and for very different reasons is when to buy LED lighting to replace the one they currently have. In fact, the answer is very simple when all the advantages and disadvantages of this type of lighting are fully known and accounted for.

The downside

This basic disadvantage, which represents the barrier for many who are considering replacing their halogen or fluorescent lamps with LEDs, is the cost of acquiring this technology, several times higher than the alternatives.

For example, a 50W incandescent lamp costs approximately € 1 while a 4W LED lamp is around € 8 (the price variability is very large, for some models that offer very specific characteristics in terms of angles and / or tones) price can easily go up to € 50, although here we will always refer to the general).

Although the purchase was for just one light bulb, the exchange would not represent a great effort, but if we are talking about exchanging dozens, the effort required can be important or even prohibitive.

Advantages of acquiring Led Laminaria

This is where the disadvantages end and where we will try to calculate the savings to estimate when purchasing LED lighting.

Energy saving. An LED lamp can save up to 90% compared to an incandescent lamp and up to 60% compared to old energy saving lamps.

This means a much lower consumption of electricity, which on the one hand favors the environment by reducing the amount of energy demanded and produced, and on the other, it reduces what we pay monthly on the electricity bill. But, how much money are we talking about? Let’s see with an example:

Bulb type Power Use Monthly consumption kwh KW Price Total expenditure for the year
Traditional 60W 6 10.8 0.1425 18,468
Led 7W 6 1.26 0.1425 2.1546

As we can see, the difference is important, so much so that it allows us to state that amortization with high average usage is less than one year. In addition, in view of the increasing price of energy, this saving will be increasingly significant.

LED technology emits little heat. One of the reasons for the high consumption of incandescent light is that much of the energy used is lost in the heat, something that many of us will prove by touching a lamp of this type after some time.

In most cases this is a variable that we would include in the previous point, energy savings, however, what happens if we are using air conditioning?

In a private house with only one or two lamps, this heat could be considered insignificant, although in reality it is not, but if instead of a house we were talking about a shopping center with hundreds of lamps and the need to have air conditioning continuously.

Well, it would happen that buying LED lighting to replace fluorescent and incandescent lamps would be an even more profitable investment.

Lifespan. The useful life must be considered from two different points of view, on the one hand the number of hours that the corresponding light will be on and, on the other hand, the number of times that it will be on and off throughout the day. In both cases, LED technology is the winner.

Regarding the useful life depending on the number of hours, a traditional lamp has an approximate life of 5,000 hours while an LED easily multiplies by 6 to 30,000 hours.

As for the frequency of turning off and on, this directly affects the incandescent lamp, reducing its useful life, something that has little effect on LED lamps.

Lighting quality. So far we have talked about purely economic or monetary issues, but these need not be the only reasons to know when to buy or switch to LED lighting.

This also means an improvement from a strictly technical point of view, it is a better quality light, with a more natural appearance and if it were not enough with a greater variety of intensities and tones.

Therefore, for many, it will not only be a matter of economics, but also a strictly light one.

Decoration with LEDs. This is a much more flexible technology with which the number of possibilities is simply multiplied, allowing endless possibilities for decoration.

To think that people do not exchange objects that work perfectly for others simply on a whim or for aesthetic reasons is very naive, and leaving a reason like this behind when it comes to knowing when to buy LEDs would be a mistake.

Just consult the catalogs, online and on paper, of the most well-known decoration brands, where this type of lighting has gained a specific space.

I must always buy and replace LED lighting

The answer is practically always, as it would not be with the advantages that we have just explained.

However, turning very well and as a logical exception to the question of when to buy LED luminaires, I highlight the replacement of those lamps that would hardly be amortized due to their low use, that is, those that practically do not light or do very few times and for very shortly, a case could be a balcony overlooking the street.

Here, it would be advisable to simply wait for it to fail to replace it, in this case with an LED.

Quality has its price. The figures provided in this article have to do with manufacturers and quality products, which obviously come at a price.

Nowadays, thanks to the internet, it is not difficult to find LED applications at outrageous prices, some even compete with traditional lighting, which in theory should replace.

If we find such offers, the general recommendation is to be suspicious, since the use of low quality materials drastically reduces the useful life.

Speaking from a strictly personal point of view, I recently had to change an LED lamp in my bathroom after just two months of use, precisely because I had a “wonderful offer”, Which certainly ended up not being so wonderful.

What should I order when buying LED lighting?

It is possible that if we want to replace all lighting with LEDs at once, we cannot do so due to the cost that this would mean. In addition, if we change 20 lamps at € 10 each, we would have to spend € 200 at once, something that for many families is an important effort.

If this were the case with us, the logical criterion would be to look for the biggest savings from the beginning and start buying LEDs for the rooms or lamps with the greatest daily use. In this way, the savings on the invoice will be reflected more quickly.

What about the fixtures, sockets or lamp holders I currently have?

Many of you may have heard that it is not just about buying the LED lamp, it would also be necessary to replace the sockets and even in some cases use a transformer. This is only half true.

Nowadays it will be very difficult to find an outlet size for which an LED lamp has not been adapted, so the more conventional replacement does not involve any additional cost.

The problem can be found when we are faced with very specific designs, both when it comes to replacing LED luminaires and when we want to include something really new or different. In these cases, we may have to incur additional costs, but of course, it is not normal, but an exception.