Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs are good for most general household use. They're especially good for fittings that are hard to get at as you don't have to change the bulb often.
- Cost from $30 per bulb
- Use up to 80% less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs for the same light output.
- Best for general lighting where lights are often left on, like hallways and living rooms.
- Immediate light when turned on
- A lifetime of at least 15,000 hours, around 15 times longer than a standard incandescent light bulb
- Look for ENERGY STAR® qualified bulbs to find the most energy efficient, best performing LEDs
- If you want to use LEDs with dimmer switches, check the packaging to make sure you choose a model that suits dimmable light fixtures
- Most LEDs only go up to a 75 watts (W) standard incandescent light bulbs equivalent, although there are a few new products available that go up to 100 W equivalent
- Choose a warm white LED for living areas and bedrooms. Cool white LEDs are more suitable for task lighting e.g. kitchens, bathrooms, offices.