Recently I was sent a promotional lightbulb from a company called Light Bulbs Direct to gage my opinion on LED bulbs.
Suffice to say the jury is in. Having had the bulb for over a week now I used it to replace the bulb I already had in my lamp and used the new bulb that I had been sent. I am not going to lie, it did look slightly funkier than your everyday lightbulb; having had a look at the prices this bulb would normally cost between £3-4 and claims to be able to save you £5 a year per bulb based on being used for 3 hours a day when compared with filament bulbs…. If anything atleast the LED lightbulb is more appealing to the eye and without doing any testing, look sturdier than the original. Say if I dropped the LED bulb I would not automatically assume I had broken it unlike with any normal bulb I have ever had, on the same par as eggs, except you normally only have to change them once every couple of weeks and hence get the small mercy of them not having the same frequency as Sunday lunch.
According to the box specifications this bulb is an ‘Integral LED Candle’ non-dimmable and equivalent to 40 Watts although it is only supposed to use 6.7 Watts.
While being a nice looking box I must confess it did indeed go into the recycling bin. The man commented on how bright the bulb was, but this may have been a simple case of repositioning or him just being more observant than usual. I’m not going to say it is brighter than an ordinary bulb, however I will say it is not dull. I did do the stats on it myself, comparing first switch on and after half an hour to see whether there were any differences in the bulbs with my energy monitor. (I do love my little energy monitor, whenever someone says ‘Oh it does not use that much energy’, we can actually see).
My advice is if its a bulb that gets turned on and of every 5 minutes it probably is not worth it however for a bulb in a lamp or a room where it has time to heat up I think it is a great way to save money.
The actual figures that I recorded are:
Throughout the trial week for the bulb, me and the man have not noticed a difference in the bulb since the change. If our energy monitor is to be believed then switching over to entirely LED bulbs would result in no visible difference other than the figure on the energy bill.