Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Friday, 6 March 2015
I heart LEDs
I have been waiting for quite a few years now until LEDs have become good enough to replace all the tungsten lighting in our house, and I believe that it is now or never.
Never mind that they save about 85% on electricity bills, each bulb is guaranteed for between 15 and 25 years as well. As I installed a couple of warm-light LED units into the hall and living room last night, I had a rather sobering - not to say depressing - thought.
I seemed to have replaced the old tungsten bulbs every couple of years up until now, but I sat down last night and as soon as the proud words, "Those bulbs are also guaranteed for 25 years, so let's keep the receipts in a safe place," came from my mouth, it dawned on me that the bulb would still be glowing brightly long after my light has gone out.
I shook myself out of the mortality reverie and began to see things in a different light.
The speed of advancement of technology in the development of LEDs does have its draw-backs. You find a light which seems to fit all your current requirements (no pun), only to find that it is not stocked by your local electrical wholesaler, and you have to buy it direct from the manufacturer.
The reason for this is that the wholesaler does not want to be left with a load of stock which he cannot sell for anything but a loss, due to a slightly superior model coming out 5 minutes later. This is the main reason I have left it so long to buy the things, and the things used to give out a ghastly, pallid and cold blue light which made it seem as though they had already out-lived you, and you were walking around your own house like a zombie.
Now it is possible to install them without anyone noticing a change, or if they do, it is a change for the better. They have just reached the stage whereby they can simulate all the nuances of hue, soft dispersal, harsh spotlight and bright to dim that any former bulb could.
Basically, I am too old to wait for them to get any better, so I have become almost evangelistic about them - but not to the young.
P.S. It's going to be great weather for John and Chris!