If you think back to the very first generation of LED lighting, you will recall a niche and visually unappealing product range that was as limited as it was prohibitively priced. This is something that has changed incrementally with every subsequent generation, however, making LED fittings the central player in the consumer mainstream.
We are now in the fifth generation of LED light fittings, however, and the current product range is unrecognisable from its predecessors. These fittings are now capable of providing bright, sustainable and cost effective lighting, for example, while their design and competitive pricing has improved immeasurably.
How to Install LED Lighting in your home: The Key Considerations
Of course, if you are one of the many who is keen to make the switch to LED lighting, it is absolutely imperative that you install your new fittings effectively and efficiently. With this in mind, here are three considerations to help you on your way: –
Make a Commitment to LED and change every fitting in your house
Historically, the prohibitive cost of LED fittings forced home-owners to either disregard this as an option or simply introduce these lights gradually. The cost of LED lighting is now far more competitive, however, while the huge range of choice on the market means that it is far more sensible to replace all of your fittings in one, fell swoop.
This type of commitment will enable you to install LED fittings during a single installation, which in turn enables you to minimise disruption while benefiting from an affordable and transparent cost. It also offers advantages in terms of the product range that you are able to install, as you can buy your fittings in bulk as a way of ensuring consistency (and driving costs down further).
Identify Trusted LED Suppliers
Once you have identified the number of required fittings, the next step is to source viable suppliers. Remember, your decision will rest primarily on your own personal tastes and the type of fittings that you would like to install, so it is hard to request recommendation from friends, neighbours or family members.
In general terms, however, try to avoid selecting the cheapest ranges as these are most likely sub-standard products or simply unfit for purpose. The key is to focus on value for money and performance, while also identifying potential deals and discounts.
Another thing to look out for is a favourable returns policy, which is currently available through outlets such as energybulbs.co.uk and similar operators. IKEA has also recently launched a new range that has earned rave reviews for its quality, and suppliers such as these should also be able to cater to a wide range of tastes.
Protect Fittings in Bathrooms and areas that are exposed to Moisture
While LED fittings are known to be longer lasting and more cost-effective, they are not indestructible and can still be costly to replace if they are damaged. It is therefore wise to protect fittings where possible, particularly in bathrooms and areas of the home that are exposed to high levels of moisture.
Let’s say that you install LED light fittings and wall-mounted spotlights in your bathroom, for example, with some placed in close proximity to the shower. Prior to installation, it may be advisable to fit aqua boards or moisture-resistant shower wall panels around the wiring and external fitting, as this will prevent damage while maintaining a safe living environment.
This type of small detail can make a significant difference, so pay attention to your installation and ensure that your LED fittings are safeguarded from potential harm and safety hazards.