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Surge Protection

What is Surge Protection

By | Electrical

It’s a dark and stormy night and suddenly you hear a lightning strike nearby. The lights flicker for a second and you wonder to yourself, “Do I have surge protection?”

The standard Australian voltage for most domestic situations is 240 volts. Anything over this is considered a ‘transient voltage’ and can be very damaging to electronics plugged into the outlet in question. Surges can be caused by different things, however, common causes include lightning strikes and electrical faults.

A surge protector is a device that protects other devices from spikes in voltage, if you had one installed, your TV wouldn’t have fried.
Surge Protection

Power surges are brief, however, their damage can be considerable, so it is important to install surge protection in your home to protect your electrical devices. But what exactly is a surge protector? Here are a few things you should know.

 

What Happens Inside a Surge Protector?

Most surge protectors use a Metal Oxide Varistor (MOV). The MOV connects the surge protector’s hot wire and the grounding wire and has a variable electrical resistance.

In the advent of an electrical surge, the MOV can make adjustments to a voltage that is too high, by redirecting anything over 240 volts through to the grounding wire where it dissipates, without frying your television and a safe stream of volts continues to power your appliances.

Joule Rating

The ‘protection’ rating of MOV based surge protectors is measured in ‘joules’. The joule rating is a total amount of protection that a protector can withstand. For instance, a 500-joule protector can withstand five 100 joule lightning strikes.

Types of Surge Protectors

Surge protectors arn’tt all the same. Power strips are inexpensive expanders that usually have a circuit breaker, however, they do not all offer protection in the advent of a surge. Surge protectors offer a level of protection against power spikes. How much and how well varies considerably between products.

Surge Protectors Have a Lifetime

The total joule rating of a surge protector is the total amount of joules it can absorb in a lifetime, so after a while, a protector will wear out. Some will give you a warning, often in the form of a LED light, however, others do not. If you have had an electrical mishap, such as lightning or an electrical fault, it’s always safer to replace the unit.

With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality. If you have any questions regarding electricity in your house or are looking for a quote for electrical installations, repairs, or general maintenance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCon today.

4 Tips Good Electrician

4 Tips to Help You Hire a Good Electrician

By | Electrical

Your home’s electrics are important, so when it comes time hire an electrician, you need to find the right person for the job. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small repair or a major extension, getting the job done right will mean all work is completed safely and accurately, and you won’t have to worry about asking for a second call out.
4 Tips Good Electrician

It’s important to feel comfortable about the electrician you plan on hiring and there are a few measures you can take to be confident that your house is receiving the right electrical treatment.

 

Do Your Research

There are a few things you can research so that you can make sure that you are prepared to find the right person for the right job. You don’t have to be an expert, however, learning a little about the job and cost of the parts will help you to better deal with the electrician.

It’s also a good idea to do a bit of a background check on any electrician you plan on calling. There may be references and reviews online that could give you a bit of an idea of the job you can expect.

Obtain a Quote

Before any electrical work begins, it is a must that you receive a quote and agree on a price. It’s not abnormal to receive numerous quotes from different electricians to compare prices.

Any business or contractor that pressures you to take the quote, start work early or don’t agree to you obtaining other quotes should not be trusted, as they do not have your best interests in mind. Some electricians may even offer discounts to new customers in order to engage them long-term business, so be sure to shop around.

Insurance and Licensing

It is crucial that the electrician that you hire has the appropriate insurance and licensing to carry out the work that needs doing. Electrical work is risky business and complications can mean damage to persons, as well as your own property, with extensive financial and legal ramifications.

Contractors should willingly provide you with the required details and if the electrician is part of a larger company it should be easy to check by calling the business and give yourself peace of mind.

Time Management

Time management is the sign of a skilled practitioner and is essential for electricians to complete their work in a given time frame. An electrician should provide a detailed timeline, along with an estimation of the cost of the job.

Like most things in life, the process may require a bit of adjustment, however, as you will be the employer, you need to factor in the timeframe and labour costs so that the project progresses to and continues to fit within your budget.

A good electrician should be able to keep you updated on the progress of the project every step of the way and stick to set goals and milestones, so make sure they have a good plan upfront.

If you have questions about hiring an electrician or would like to know more about installation, maintenance, or other electrical work, don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCON today. We pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality.

5 Amazing Electrical Upgrades For Your Kitchen

By | Electrical

A kitchen remodel is an exciting renovation that can completely refresh one of the most used rooms in your house. New cupboards, white goods, appliances and benches can all go a long way to improve the overall feeling and impact of your home. But what about electricals?
Electrical upgrades such as switching and lighting can not only lift the aesthetics of your kitchen but can also improve its practicality.

Electrical upgrades are a great way to boost the looks and functionality of your kitchen. Here are some great additions you should consider.

 

USB Outlets

Everyone has had those mornings, you need to boil a kettle, put toast on and use the juicer at the same time. But what if you need to charge your phone? No one has time to rearrange power outlets, so one solution is to install a panel of USB outlets in your kitchen. With all the USB reliant devices in modern households, a dedicated outlet can make charging a breeze. Simply install next to your bench space and you’ll never need an adapter again.

Concealed Outlets

Traditional outlets are so… traditional. If you want to go a step further to improve the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen there are many options for your power outlets.

Pop-up outlets are a great choice for the clutter conscious. They stay hidden in the bench until you need an extra appliance, all you need to do is hit the button and it’s there.

Recessed outlets are awesome if you are short of bench space. Those extra few centimetres taken up by plugs at the back of the appliance can be a real nuisance and dangling cords can sure be unsightly. Recessed outlets allow you to tuck them into the wall for a flush fit.

Under cabinet outlets can make your walls look less cluttered and can also give you easy access for appliances without any loose cords.

Pantry Lights

Perfect for finding that obscure spice right at the back of the shelf, pantry lights can be made to automatically switch on when the door is opened and turn off again when you’re done. Walk-in pantries can even be fitted with motion sensors!

Baseboard Lights

Overhead lights are great for cooking, but what if you need a midnight snack? Baseboard lights illuminate the skirting or baseboard just above your floor, giving you just enough light to make it through the hallway to the fridge.

Stylised Light Switches

Not a lot of people are aware that light switches can come in many shapes and sizes. They don’t have to be the standard white-on-white finish that are fitted in most houses. Designer light switches can be tailored to suit any kitchen aesthetic. Need blue to suit your splash-backs? No a problem. What about stainless steel or stone to suit your finishes? Consider it done.

If you have any questions about your kitchen’s electronics or would like to know more about upgrades, installation or maintenance, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air con and electrical services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.

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5 Reasons You Should Request an Electrical Inspection Before Buying a Home

By | Electrical

There are many things you need to check when inspecting a new home, from the structural integrity to the pest situation. However, one crucial element is the home’s electricals, which should be carried out by a professional to make sure the house meets modern standards and government regulations.

Any faults found within a property can be costly to repair after the house has been bought, so it’s in your best interest to perform an inspection first. Usually finding electrical problems will enable you to negotiate a lower price, but sometimes an electrical and building inspection can be included in the pre-purchase price of a property, so make sure you communicate with the agent on terms that are suitable.
Request Electrical Inspection

From making sure wiring is grounded, to ensuring the safety of outlets here are 6 reasons why you should request an electrical inspection before buying a new home.

A Building Inspection Does Not Always Cover Electrical’s

A building inspection usually covers things like plumbing, heating, foundations, structure examination and fire safety, however, the NSW Government’s building inspection guide states that a standard building inspection may or may not include testing of wiring or smoke alarms, two components that a crucial to a home’s safety.

It is important to request an electrical inspection before buying a new home to make sure that all components are functional to the best of their ability and do not pose a potential hazard to you or your family.

Outlets Need to be Tested

Electrical outlets need to be tested to make sure that they are properly grounded so that they are not hazardous when appliances are plugged in. Any physical defects, such as cracks or loose screws could mean that there is not enough tension to hold the cord whilst plugged in. Kitchen outlets may require extra testing as they regularly supply power to a large number of appliances.

Electrical Wiring Has a Lifespan

Like everything, electrical wiring has a lifespan, and wiring towards the end of its life isn’t going to perform as well as newer wiring. Wires can lose their grounding over time and in old homes with old circuits a grounding wire may even be non existent, so it’s essential for an electrician to test the wiring and circuit of any new home you may be considering.

Examining the Power Box

A home’s power box or service panel is the centrepiece of the entire electrical system, so it’s crucial that it is thoroughly tested. It’s also important to make sure that the power box can stand up for time to come, as any faults can be a big fix. A new home should have an electrical circuit that can supply the house well into the future and a big part of this is making sure that the service panel is up to date and can handle expansions on the circuit to meet the demands of new technology.

You’re Looking at an Old House

If you are looking to buy an older house an electrical inspection is especially important. All areas mentioned must be checked more thoroughly to make sure that the original circuits have not degraded and can accommodate the demands of modern living.

If you have any questions about the electronics of a new home or would like to know more about installation, maintenance, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air con and electrical services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.

Invisible Charging

Luxury Electrical Upgrades that Will Change the Way You Live

By | Electrical

When it comes time to renovate, sometimes you just need to treat yourself a little. Electrical upgrades can make your home on the cutting edge, and who doesn’t want a house decked out with gadgets James Bond would be proud of?

Luxuries are about making your home life easier but upgrades can actually go a long way to increase the value of your home come time to sell.
Invisible Charging

From automation to handy lighting, there are many things you can do to make your place that little bit fancier. Here are eight luxury upgrades that will change the way that you live.

Invisible Charging

This one is for the clutter conscious, or even maybe just someone who is always losing things. Charging pads are a new technology that does away with all cabling, allowing you to simply rest the phone, smartwatch or tablet on the surface to charge the device. Charging pads can now come built into furniture such as side tables and desk lamps, which have inbuilt charging bases to discreetly charge your phone.

Touchless Taps

You may have seen touchless taps at venues, but have you ever considered installing them in your home? There are many benefits of a sensor operated faucet, such as stopping the spread of germs as well as controlling the amount of water used – you’ll never forget to turn the tap off again! Most units are programmable so you can set the length of time the water runs for as well as the temperature of the water.

Heated Bathroom Floors

Heated bathroom floors are a luxury you’ll thank yourself for, come the colder months. With thin radiant mats installed underneath your tiles, you’ll never have to experience cold feet again. Most systems are adaptable with a thermostat and timer system to turn on before you shower every morning. One added benefit is that heated flooring can help to stop mould growth in humid bathrooms!

Under-Cabinet /Skirtboard LED Lighting

Under cabinet and/or skirt board LED lights can be a great way to provide a soft light in your kitchen for different purposes. Lights from high cabinets can be practical as you prepare dinner, and from low cabinets, they can shine a warm glow on the kitchen floor. Skirtboard lighting is perfect for giving you a little bit of light to get up the hallway for a midnight snack.

Smart Thermostats

Programmable thermostats are great, but they’re a bit last millennium. You can now get thermostats with motion sensors that turn off when they detect that no one is home, and turn on when they are. What’s even cooler is that over time the thermostat will learn everyone in the houses rhythms and learn to predict when people get home to make sure the house is a suitable temperature.

Smart Locks

Smart locks can be integrated as part of your home security system and can be added to an existing door. The lock works as a touchscreen which can lock or unlock your home with a passcode, just like you would your phone. You can customise the unit so that it gives particular codes to certain people at certain times, for instance, you could just give your cleaner a certain code for 8 am Tuesday.

Smart Home Systems

Smart home systems are the be-all and end-all of electrical upgrades as they can integrate all of the technology within a household, including lighting, locking, heating and even music. These systems, when coupled with automation, can make you feel like you are living in a house of the future. Some hubs are even artificially intelligent and will tell you the weather for tomorrow, start a movie for you or even set you an alarm, all through voice command.

If you have any questions about your electronics at home or would like to know more about installation, maintenance, or please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air con services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.

Thomas Alva Edison in 1911 with his famous light bulb

The History of The Light Bulb

By | Electrical

The light bulb. We use them every evening so that we can continue to go about our lives with the benefit of sight. It’s easy to forget that on the timeline of human history, light bulbs are a recently new invention and prior to their invention people made do with gas lamps or candles.

Lucky for us, the modern era offers us a range of different lighting options which are fitted into our homes, cars and even our phones. But who came up with such a marvellous invention and how did we get to this level of convenience?
light bulb history

Incandescent lights, fluorescent lights, LEDs. These great inventions light up our homes when we most need it, but how did they come to be?

 

A Bright Spark

The first electric light was invented in 1802 by Humphry Davy. The invention came when Davy was experimenting with an electric battery – as he connected wires to the battery and a piece of carbon, the carbon was illuminated as electrons passed from one batter to the other. The revolutionary invention is known as the Electric Arc lamp and despite how groundbreaking it was, it burnt too bright too shortly to be used for any practical solution. Despite this, it set the path for a course of experimentation and refinement of the technology.

Early Developments

Over the ensuing decades, other inventors fiddled and tweaked with the design. Notably, in 1840 the British scientist Warren de la Rue created a light using a coiled platinum filament within a vacuum tube. The higher melting point of platinum allowed for high temperatures and the vacuum chamber restricted the number of gas molecules that were able to react with the platinum in the tube.

The First Light Bulb

The English physicist Joseph Wilson Swan was first to create a ‘light bulb’ in 1850. Swan’s design incorporated carbonised paper filaments, contained within an evacuated glass bulb. The design was faulted by the lack of a good vacuum and constant supply of electricity which resulted in bulbs with a short lifetime. As the decades rolled on Swan continued to experiment with improved vacuum pumps which allowed for a more effective illumination. He also found that using a treated cotton thread reduced the issue of the bulb blackening.

Thomas Edison

Perhaps the name most synonymous with the history of the light bulb is Thomas Edison. Although Edison wasn’t the one to invent the incandescent light bulb he was the first to patent a commercially practical bulb. There were many inventors working on the design at the time but Edison’s version of the bulb used an efficient incandescent material encased within a better vacuum than his competitors. But perhaps the best feature of the bulb was the high resistance he was able to achieve, which made the bulb brighter and more efficient.
Thomas Alva Edison in 1911 with his famous light bulb

Tungsten

Tungsten was the next major development in light bulb technology. It was introduced in 1906 by The General Electric Company, who patented tungsten filaments within incandescent light bulbs. The technology was further developed in subsequent years by the company to improve the light’s lifetimes.

Fluorescent Lighting

The German glassblower Heinrich Geissler and physician Julius Plücker made an incredible discovery during the 19th century – after evacuating air from a long glass tube and passing a current through it, they created light! This invention was called the Geissler Tube and would pave the way for fluorescent lamps.

Edison and Nicola Tesla both experimented with fluorescent lamps in their careers but neither’s efforts caught any commercial traction. Peter Cooper Hewitt created a light in the late 1900s that was an early version of the fluorescent lamp, but it wasn’t until well into the 20th century when this new type of lighting actually took off. Neon-lights, fluorescent lights and low-pressure sodium lamps, which are used in streetlamps, are all derived from these early experiments.

LEDs

Nick Holonyak Jr was the first to invent the light-emitting diode (LED) light in 1962, with red diodes. LED lights use a semiconductor to convert electrical energy into light. These lights are efficient as they are small and specifically directed. Yellow and green followed soon after and before long the technology became common in indicator lights and calculator displays.

Blue diodes were not invented until the 1990s, but this invention led to a white diode, which was simply blue with a coating of phosphor and before long researchers found that white light could be made with a combination of blue, red and green. Before long LEDs made their way into flashlights, TVs and traffic lights.

In the beginning, LEDs were no more effective than incandescent bulbs, however, the technology has come a long way and today they are up to 85% more efficient than traditional lights.

As they are a newer technology, LED lighting is more expensive than traditional lighting, however, in the last 10 years the price has dropped up to 80% and the savings in energy more than makeup for the purchase cost.

If you have any questions about installing lighting in your home or business or have any other electrical queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCon today.

How Effective Is Solar Power For Your Home

How Effective Is Solar Power For Your Home?

By | Electrical

You may have heard good things about solar power, you can save money and save the planet at the same time! But how do you know if it will be suitable for your home? There are definitely some factors that will make solar power more or less effective on a home. Here are some things to consider before you make the change.

Saving money and helping the planet are two things most people are happy to do. Installing a solar panel is a good way to cover both these bases, but how effective will they be for your home.

 

Climate

Living in Australia means that in just about any area of the country, the climate is right for solar panels. Australia clocks in one of the highest amount of sunlight hours in the world and as most Australians will know it’s most effective in summer and springtime when there’s an average of 7-8 hours each day. Plenty of light to power your home.

Roof Size and Shade

It’s ideal to have around 9 square metres of roof space per kW, with most systems sitting between 5-7 kW. Obstructions such as chimneys and skylights can make this difficult, however, most installers will be able to work around obstacles. Shade from trees and neighbours can decrease the efficiency of solar panels. You might not be able to change the position of buildings but tree branches can be trimmed to get the full force of the sun on your roof.

Roof Angle and Aspect

Solar panels work best when they are orientated in the right direction. In Australia solar panels work best when they are facing north, northeast, northwest or west, however, adequate energy can still be harvested on other angles. A slope of 30 degrees is ideal, however anything from 0, (flat) to 45 degrees works, however, a solar installer can mount panels so that they sit at an optimal angle.

Roof Age

Your roof should be relatively new. It isn’t a great idea to put new solar panels on a roof that will need replacing in a couple of years, so if your roofing is towards the end of its life, it might be a good idea to redo it before installing solar panels.

Incentives and Rebates

There are a number of good reasons for switching to solar, one of the main ones being lower electricity bills. Setting up a new system, however, can be costly. Luckily most state governments around the country have incentives for homeowners switching to solar power.

In NSW you can earn Small-scale Technology Certificates, or STC’s, which can be traded for rebates. The number of certificates earned depends on the size of the system installed and the amount of energy generated.
Victorian houses benefit from the $1.24 billion dollars Victorian Solar Homes program, which allows for a 50% rebate and from next year an interest-free loan program for new systems.

Check on your state government website to see if you can benefit from a rebate program.

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5 Things to Know About Electrics When Building a New Home

5 Things to Know About Electrics When Building a New Home

By | Electrical

There’s no doubt about it. Building a new home is exciting. It’s a long journey that can be both stressful and rewarding. However, when it comes to the electrics, it’s important to plan it early, you don’t want to overlook things that will end up being difficult to fix down the track.

Things like light placement and power point placement are much better to get right the first time. You may even be able to save on the energy bills down the track if you try and mix in some natural lighting and heating solutions.
5 Things to Know About Electrics When Building a New Home

There’s a lot to consider when designing the electrics for a new home, but with careful planning and the help from professionals you’ll never look back and might even save a bit of money.

 

Consult an Electrician

The first thing you need to do when considering electrics for a new home is to consult an electrician. A good electrician will be able to sit down with you during the design stage and offer suggestions about where all the electronics will go. It’s much better to plan in the early stages when the house is a frame, rather than down the track, when all the walls are fixed in place. Not only will leaving it late take longer, but it will also end up costing you more money.

PowerPoint Placement

One of the first things to think about when designing a house is where powerpoints and the wiring for communication devices will be located. It needs to be one of the first consideration of the design, as there’s no point putting a powerpoint in a place where it won’t be accessible later, such as under a bed, or in a hard to reach corner. Take a while to consider where furniture will go, or where appliances will sit on the benchtop. It’s much easier to build electronics into a house during its construction than having to cut open walls after the house is finished.

Plan Your lighting

Have a think about where will people will be situated in the house. Make sure that every light serves a purpose, whether it be to illuminate a hallway or provide enough light to read for someone sitting on the couch. It’s also possible to have too many lights. Lights that are too close together might be overkill and end up wasting your energy.

Think About Efficiency

The design stage of your house is the perfect time to think about energy saving measures. Try to incorporate sources of natural lighting, such as skylights or larger windows. A good way to make sure this is efficient as possible is to design rooms with the right aspect so that they receive more lighting during different times of the year.

Some living rooms and bedrooms may even be more suitable for smaller lamps, so there might not be a need for numerous inbuilt lights. Dimmer switches can go a long way to improve the mood of a room, but can also save a lot of numerals on the energy bill. On the climate control front, try to think about heat flow and how it works with the aspect and size of rooms. When designed correctly rooms should be easy to heat in winter and easier to vent in summer.

If you have any questions about your electronics at home or would like to know more about installation, maintenance, or please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air con services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.

What to do When a Circuit Breaker Trips

What to do When a Circuit Breaker Trips

By | Electrical, Maintenance

Tripping a circuit breaker is a relatively common problem. It’s probably just the result of vacuuming, using a blender and a toaster at the same time and you just have a busy morning routine, so there’s no need for alarm.

A circuit breaker will cut off an overloaded circuit to prevent damage to the system, turning it back on again isn’t too hard. Most of the time all it takes is a reset of the circuit breaker, however, sometimes the issue can be a bit more problematic.
What to do When a Circuit Breaker Trips

Tripping a circuit breaker is normally just the result of an overloaded circuit and probably isn’t a big deal, however, sometimes it can be a bit more complicated and it’s best just to call an electrician.

 

Why has my circuit broken?

• Overloaded circuit – An overloaded circuit is the most common cause of a broken circuit. The basic premise is that there is too much current flowing through the circuit and to prevent any damage or fires it simply shuts off. The solution here is to remove any extra appliances on the overloaded circuit that do not need to be there.

• Short circuits – This is a bit more of a problem. The cause is two hot or black wires or one hot and one neutral wire touching. There will be a burning smell or melted plastic covers, and the best fix is to call an electrician.

• Ground Fault – If it’s not one of the first two problems it’s likely you have a ground fault, which occurs when a hot or black wire touches the ground or the metal case of the box. This case will also require an electrician.

How do I reset the Circuit Breaker?

If you’ve only overloaded your circuit, there will be no need to call an electrician and you should be able to handle the problem yourself. Just follow these steps.

Turn off all the lights and appliances in the room that has lost power. This is important because if you reset the circuit while it’s still overloaded, it will likely blow all over again.

Go to your electrical panel, which is usually found under a hatch outdoors, in a basement or in a utility room. Make sure you have dry hands and turn off the master switch off to be safe, this will cut the power to all the circuits, so that if there is a problem with the switchboard you won’t get an electric shock.

The next step is to find the breaker on the board that has moved to the off position or is sitting halfway between the two. Flick it all the way ‘off’ then to ‘on’. Finally, reset the master switch.

Start by testing the circuit with a couple of appliances. If the circuit breaks again it may be a more serious problem and it’s probably best to call an electrician.

If you have any doubts with your electric circuit it’s always the best bet to call a professional to take a look.

With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality. If you have any questions regarding electricity in your house or are looking for a quote for electrical installations, repairs, or general maintenance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCon today.

LED lights

What’s So Special About LED Lights?

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LED lights are made from a cluster or strip of Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs. There are many characteristics of LED lights that make them far superior to incandescent or fluorescent globes, such as their incredible efficiency and benefits to the environment.

LED lighting is a relatively new and emerging technology. You might have heard a few of their benefits, but here’s the rundown on what makes them so special.LED lights

LED, or Light Emitting Diode Lighting, is the latest development in lighting technology that is good for your wallet, as well as the environment.

 

LED Lights Save Energy

The first thing that is touted about LEDs is their incredible efficiency. In fact, they consume up to 80% less energy than a standard incandescent light bulb. When you consider that lighting takes up around 10% of a homes energy use, you can really see where the savings come in.

They Last Longer

Along with being efficient, LED lights also have an incredibly long lifespan. Incandescent bulbs can often blow after a year, however, LED lights can clock in over 100,000 hours before they need to be changed. Most manufactures claim they will last somewhere between 50,000 and 80,000 hours. That’s 5-10 years!

They Produce Less Heat

Everyone knows how hot an incandescent bulb can get. You’ve probably gone to change a globe to find it scalding hot before having to wait for it to cool down. And no one wants hot globes, especially in the middle of summer.

But why are they so hot? Incandescent lights are incredibly inefficient, 20% of the energy is converted to light, while a massive 80% converts to heat. So how do LED lights compare? Well, only 10%-20% converts to heat and the remaining 80%-90% all to lighting. Energy efficient and cool.

They Are Good For the Environment

There are numerous reasons why LED lights are better for the environment than standard globes. For starters, they use less energy – that’s a given. They also don’t contain some of the harmful chemicals that other globes do. For instance, neon lighting contains mercury, a harmful toxin if not disposed of correctly. As LED lights don’t have to be replaced so often they produce less waste. And on top of this they are made from 100% recyclable materials.

ED Lights Come in a Range of Colours

A criticism of non-traditional lights is that they don’t have the nice warm globe of an old-style incandescent bulb. Some people are taken aback by the harsh, cold lighting of newer style lights, especially where mood is crucial.

However, fear no more, because LED lighting is now widely available in a range of colours, including warm white (similar to an incandescent bulb), a slightly lighter soft white, as well as bright white, which is great for specific tasks.

They Save Money

Yes, as they are a newer technology, LED lighting is more expensive than traditional lighting. However, when you factor in the savings in energy and replacement costs, they will quickly pay back what they owe you.

If you have any questions about installing LED lighting in your home or business or have any other electrical queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCon today.