LED Strip Lights Energy Saving

  JYPX 18:25 30 Mar 2017
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I am looking at replacing the small (530mm T5) flourescent tubes under my kitchen cabinets with LED tubes. The flourescent tube is 13W and the LED version is 6.4W.

I reckon that will be a 50% energy saving. :)

But 2 different retailers are claiming a 90% or 95% energy saving. Clearly there is some detail that I am missing. :) But what is it?

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  Old Deuteronomy 16:08 31 Mar 2017

Thanks wee eddie and Bumpkin.

  oresome 16:21 31 Mar 2017

I agree that the energy saving over the CFL is around 50% from the published figures.

As with car manufacturers and consumption and emission figures, lamp manufacturers can be just as creative with published figures that you'll never achieve.

I took a couple of bulbs back last week that both failed within an hour or two despite having a claimed life in the thousands.

  bumpkin 20:49 31 Mar 2017

I took a couple of bulbs back last week that both failed within an hour or two despite having a claimed life in the thousands.

As with most things buy a reputable brand from a reliable source not always the cheapest. If they failed that quickly then a false economy.

  Forum Editor 22:23 31 Mar 2017

On the subject of starters.ballasts - I think you'll find that with the lamps you are buying, the existing starter has to be removed - nothing more.

  JYPX 19:24 13 Apr 2017

Many thanks for all the replies.

I am very impressed with the energy savings achieved from simply replacing all the light bulbs with LEDs and the tubes (in the Kitchen) are simply a case of thinking: What else can I change?

  bumpkin 20:08 13 Apr 2017

I have replaced most of my lighting with LEDs. Try a few at a time to start with to see if they suit you as we are all different in our individual preferences.

  Aitchbee 21:29 13 Apr 2017

What else can I change?

If you've got lots of LED lamps that plug into the mains, Remote Controlled Wall Sockets are worth considering. Typically 1 programmable remote control can individually switch ON/OFF 4 sockets. Aldi and Lidl usually stock them during the run up to Xmas. {ie. from late Summer [TIC] }

  bumpkin 22:26 13 Apr 2017

*If you've got lots of LED lamps that plug into the mains*

Which most people don't.

*Remote Controlled Wall Sockets are worth considering. *

Why? don't the lamps or sockets have their own switches.

  Aitchbee 22:45 13 Apr 2017

bumpkin - works universally with ALL electrical appliances not just lamps. I am sure many people [ with mobility issues ] would find them a boon.

  geoff96 22:54 13 Apr 2017

If you've got lots of LED lamps that plug into the mains,

All my LED lamps are plugged into the mains.

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