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Switching to LED: A 5 Step Guide

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At Opple Lighting we believe that better lighting solutions will lead to a better life. It is for this reason that we would like to help you get the information you need and accompany you to make the switch to LED, whether it is at your business or at home. It will benefit your budget, business, life quality and the environment!

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Switching to LED: A 5 Step Guide

  1. 1. Switching to LED: A 5 Step Guide 1 M l M | Z E Replace most turned on lights. STE P 2 S H O P S M A Take your old bulb with you when shopping for your new LEDs. SVV I H D I Be careful when throwing away CFL bulbs since they contain mercury. 5 - Look for recycling options to avoid generating waste Switching to LED: A 5-Step Guide At Opple Lighting we believe that better lighting solutions will lead to a better life. One of the key factors is that our LED technology helps to conserve large amounts of energy. We know that saving energy means saving money and preserving the environment. That is why our focus during the past years has been completely set on investing in Ft&D and working towards making top-quality LED technology affordable. Due to its efficiency, LED lighting is one of the greatest ways to fight climate change. If every household replaced at least one traditional light bulb for an LED bulb, the amount of saved energy would be enough to light millions of homes. At Opple, we would like to help you get the information you need and accompany you to make this switch, whether it is at your business or at home. There is a large variety of LED lighting solutions, but the main thing you need to know about them is that they use 80% less electricity than a traditional incandescent bulb while producing the same amount of light. Replacing traditional lighting for LEDs will immediately reduce your energy consumption and hence your electricity bill, but most importantly produce less carbon dioxide emissions. STEP 1: Figure out which lights are turned on the longest and replace those ones first. This way you will maximize your savings more effectively. STEP 2: Be sure to take your old bulb with you when shopping for your new LEDs so that you can check that the fitting matches. To replace spots or down-lights, check whether it has pins as low voltage lighting is a bit more complicated and requires further assessment. If they have pegs instead, then there should be no problem. STEP 3: How much light, or rather how much power, you need is also a key matter. A rough guide to quickly calculate how to get the equivalent between traditional bulbs and LEDs is found in Table 1 below. STEP 4: Apply the light temperature (color) you require. The lower the number (measured in Kelvin) the warmer the light will look and feel. Test it first and try how it looks in the room you want to install it in. For dimmable bulbs, you might need to invest more and even consult your qualified electrician.
  2. 2. STEP 5: As for the old bulbs, make sure your replaced ones do not end up with your general waste. You should be especially careful when throwing away CFL bulbs since they contain mercury. Keep in mind that many recycling options are available and any of them would be highly recommended to guarantee your switch to LED does not generate unnecessary waste. If the replacement cost is still acting as a deterrent for you, consider that by getting LED lights, you are also typically getting a much longer lifetime, which is a tremendous advantage over most of the traditional lighting. Indirect cost savings like cooling costs should also be noted; investing in LED bulbs will save you air—conditioning electricity usage, needed to offset the higher heat emission that standard lighting generates. Switching from traditional sources of light, whether it its CFL, incandescent, or meta| —ha| ide, to LED benefits your budget, business, life quality and environment. The significant light quality progress that LED technology has been through, gives everyone more than enough variety in terms of designs, light color and temperature to decide what works better for each case. So, are you ready to switch? Table 1: Approximation of equivalent wattages and light output of Incandescent, CFL and LED lighting Light Output LEDs CFLs Incandescent (Lumen) (Watts) (Watts) (Watts) 450 4 - 5 8 - 12 40 750-900 6-8 13-18 60 1100-1300 9-13 18-22 75-100 1600-1800 16-20 23-30 100 2600 - 2800 25 - 28 30 - 55 150 Source: www. eartheasy. com (2014)

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