Why call our R80 100W equivalent and not 60W Equivalent

Why call our R80 100W equivalent and not 60W Equivalent 0

At LEDSmiths we pride ourselves on our technical knowledge as well as our customer service, which is why when we first discovered that the R80s that we had in stock were a lot brighter than a 60W we did some of our own investigation.  Read on to find out more...
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10 Reasons Why LEDs Rock (And Why You Should Switch To Them)

10 Reasons Why LEDs Rock (And Why You Should Switch To Them) 0

It is entirely possible that you don't have a single LED lamp (what they are called in the industry, light bulb or bulb to the rest of us) in your home.  You may have tried out some of the older versions and hated them with all your heart, you might have heard some rumours that they aren't good for you or you might have simply stocked up big time on your old bulbs and are still using them until you run out.  Below are 10 reasons why LEDs rock and why you should switch to them as soon as possible.
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How long should your LED Bulb last for?

How long should your LED Bulb last for? 0

Short Version

LED Lamps or Light Bulbs should last years.  Most will have some sort of guarantee to them and it will vary from 3-5 years but in reality they should last up to 8-10 years of normal use.

Long Version

The life of an LED Light Bulb can vary from LED bulb to LED bulb but the common fact is that they will always last a hell of a lot longer than the old style light bulbs.  If you currently have old incandescent light bulbs in your house then you are effectively wasting money on your electricity bill.

LED light bulbs will have a label on the box that either says 'average life' or a symbol with a clock and a large number next to it, this would generally be in the tens of thousands of hours.

To put it in perspective the old style standard light bulb had an average life of 1,000 hours.  After this time it would most likely fail, it is worth noting at this stage that once the 1,000 hours has past your light bulb will not suddenly go pop, this is an average life.  The bulb could fail after a few hours or it could go for 4,000 hours, however it has been measured that it will, on average, fail at 1,000 hours of use.  This works out to be 125 days based on 8 hours a day use.  It isn't terrible but it isn't amazing.

Many of the LED bulbs that are listed on the LEDSmiths website have an average life of 15,000 hours.  This is almost 15 times longer than the average old style light bulb.  So using this LED for 8 hours a day every day would work out to be 1875 days or just over 5 years.

In conclusion if the LED lasts as long as it should based on the life on the box then it should last in excess of 5 years at least.  However if you think what the state of LEDs were 5 years ago, just think of the possibilities of the state of LEDs in 5 years will be.

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Whats the difference between the old style LEDs and new ones?

Whats the difference between the old style LEDs and new ones? 0

The simple answer is this, the technology has moved on so fast since the original LEDs came to the market.  The speed of these technological advances is just as fast as the advances to computers and memory.  

Do you remember when half decent LED light bulbs started appearing on the market?  It was about the same time that USB memory drives started appearing as well, and they were about 128kbs of memory!  Nowadays the average USB memory stick drive is smaller than the older style ones and is on average about 8-16GBs.

Old style LED light bulbs started off as a GU10 as that would be the easiest to manufacture and I believe that they had 12-21 diodes, similar looking to this:

LED Diodes

The light given off by them was terrible, and they cost a fortune, but they were touted out to the public at lasting 50,000 hours and saving a tonne of electricity costs.  In reality, they did save a lot in electricity costs but you needed other lights to complement these 'great LEDs'.  What the industry didn't tell you was that these LED diodes cut their light output massively after a few hours, so what was already a dim led light bulb, turned into an extremely dim LED light bulb.

So what advances has been made in the industry since then?  Well the next set of LEDs set considerably better, but the problem still occurred with the light output cutting in half every so often.  These LEDs looked like this:


Some LED manufacturers still use this style of LED GU10, this contains an LED chip called a 'High Powered LED Chip'.  It has three of them hence the style of the face.  They have a tight beam angle and often struggle to control the colour of the LEDs inside them with one of these 'High Powered LED Chips' giving off a green hue, one giving off a purple hue and another a warm white hue.  The end result is a ghastly colour and we definitely wouldn't recommend buying these style of LEDs, ever.  

So from there, the LEDs advanced in what is called SMD.  This stands for 'Surface Mounted Diodes', that is because they are basically an array structure mounted directly onto a circuit board.  Most of the LED bulbs today are actually SMD in different styles.  Most of our LED GLS lamps found here, or our LED Candle lamps found here are made using SMD chips.  In the right environment they can be absolutely fantastic, however the early SMD GU10s didn't really look the part and again struggled with the light output over time.  This has now been fixed but a lot of the cheaper LEDs still show that icon yellow face of chips.

The next stage of development saw the rise of the COB LED lamp, COB stands for 'Chip On Board'.  This is seen as a big yellow splodge which emits the light.  This is a great example of a COB GU10:

5W COB GU10 LED Bulb

Can you see the yellow splodge in the middle?  That is the COB part, these LEDs are great LEDs because the COB can be set back in the LED GU10 to make sure that you get a great beam angle, and that is why these chips are often better in directional lamps.  You will often find them in the newer style all-in-one LED fittings.

Finally the newest technological advance of the last couple of years are 'Filament LEDs'.  We have a great range of filament LEDs found here.  These have the LED chips running down strands of tiny circuit boards to mimic the old style 'incandescent' light bulbs.  They are by far the best LEDs to put into GLS (standard) shape, Candle shape and golfball shape, due to the fact they emit light in almost a 360 degree all round light.  

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Why are LEDs so cheap now?

Why are LEDs so cheap now? 0

Did you know that it is well known in the industry that the cost of LEDs decreases by 10% every three months?

Yes that is right, the base cost from the chinese manufacturers decreases by 10% every three months and has done so since they were first introduced into the market.  But has your LED supplier decreased their LED costs at all?  Are you still paying over the odds for LED light bulbs from your supplier?

A lot of people ask us the question, are your LEDs good quality because you are so much less then what I usually pay for LEDs.  Well that is because we don't take more than we need to when it comes to supplying you, and on top of that we are committed to making sure that when we get a price decrease, you get a price decrease.

Our LEDs are fantastic quality from brilliant manufacturers including Energizer and Trillion and when we put our name behind them then you can be reassured that they are great LED bulbs.

Take a look at our LED GLS from Trillion here, at £2.99 it is a great quality LED bulb at a great price.

  • Nicholas Smith