Spring is just around the corner. Yesterday saw the arrival of the Winter Solstice, which is an important seasonal turning-point. As one of two yearly solstices (the otherbeing the Summer Solstice) the Winter Solstice marks the time of year when the axial tilt of the Earths northernhemisphere is farthest away from the sun, resulting in the shortest day and longest night of the year.
Every year thousands of people gather at Stonehenge in Pembrokeshire to celebrate the occasion. Spectators watch as the sun sets in the midst of three great stones,known as the Trilithon, which consist of two large verticalstones with a third supported horizontally on top. As the sun passes down towards the horizon it shines through the monument, silhouetting it and creating an awe- inspiring scene on the Pembrokeshire hilltops.
For everyone living in the UK the Winter Solstice is significant because we can all begin looking forward to longer days again. This reversal of the seasonal tide hasbecome associated with ideas of rebirth and renewal. Forthis reason it is also a good time to think about renewing your household lighting as well.
If youre still using old incandescent light bulbs, you will probably find that you have to replace them quiteregularly. The average lifespan of an incandescent bulb isbetween 1,000 to 1,500 hours. This means you could find yourself changing your light bulbs up to 5 to 6 times in asingle year! If youre living on a tight budget the addition of light bulb replacement costs is an expense you can certainly do without. It is also an expense that you cant plan for, as incandescent filaments break without any warning.
Energy efficient LED Lights dont rely on fragile filaments which corrode rapidly overtime. Their semiconductor diodes are far more resilient. An LED Bulb will last anywhere between 30,000 and 50,000 hours, which is outstanding. Even if you used your bulbs for 12 hours aday they would still last for 10 years. Even better, you will be able to tell when an LED Light is going to fail a fewweeks beforehand as the light will dim slightly. This is anindication that the bulb is approaching the end of its life, so you can plan for the cost of replacement in advance.
If youre still relying on incandescent lighting, its time to switch to dependable LED Lights. If you buy today yourbulbs will still be giving you affordable light this time next year, and for many years to come.