Are LED Lights The Best Option

Are LED Lights The Best Lighting Option For Your Home?

By now, everyone knows that standard incandescent bulbs are generally a massive waste of resources. Any Christchurch lighting electricians will tell you that they waste energy and electricity with their heat-based light source, and they need to be changed out quite often. Of course, the next big movement in lighting technology was in CFLs, more commonly known as “those little curly Q bulbs.” While more energy efficient, a lot of people feel that the gas comprising the inside of their tubes is far too dangerous. Should one of them burst, a lot of people worry about the health hazards presented by what is then presented into the environment. What if you were breathe that in?

LED Bulbs
LED bulb and simple light bulbs.Green background

Given the growing CFL concerns, a lot of people have decided to turn to purely LED driven lighting. Even big companies like GE are getting in on it, so you know one of two things is true. First of all, the trend has gotten too big to ignore. Secondly, there is clearly enough demand to warrant diving into that particular pool. When GE is on board a lighting trend, there’s no denying that it has merit. Polaroid and Philips have even entered the fray with their own LED offerings.

LED has some issues, however. Right now, they aren’t as affordable to produce (and thereby purchase) as the super cheap incandescent varieties, and they’re struggling to compete with CFLs as well. A lot of consumers out there are on shoestring budgets and have to basically vote with their wallets. Even families that know certain products are better for them in the long run (i.e. simpler matters like buying huge packs of toilet paper that cost significantly less per sheet) they might be stuck going with whatever they’re able to ford right then and there. It’s sad, but true!

LEDs also tend to put out very little light, and the light is one directional by traditional means. The likes of GE are working on new products to work around that of course, so it will only get better, but for right now it’s a lot easier to light a room with the older styles of bulbs. Again, consumers will go with what “works” better, even if it isn’t as environmentally advantageous.

One thing is sure however, LED is the next big thing in home lighting. While it isn’t quite perfect right now, you haven’t seen the last of it by a long shot.

Gas, Electricity Or Solar

Gas, Electricity Or Solar – What’s The Big Difference?

The three main energy sources that can be utilised in any household include gas, electricity or solar. However, there are many conditions which will help choose the best option for you. People looking to build their own houses or simply renovate part of their houses may choose any one of the energy options depending on their specifications.

For instance, electricity is widely available in most homes. Gas, on other hand, might be sparsely accessible in rural or regional areas. Solar can be utilised in different areas but the problems of installing solar panels might be cause to make you think of an alternative. In saying that, sometimes the benefits will outweigh the problems. If you are debating on which energy option to utilise, factors that come into play include the installation costs and prolonged running costs.

Energy Types

Pros And Cons Of Each Energy Option

Electricity might be widely available but the usage costs can be quite expensive.

Gas is cheaper than electricity and the greenhouse gas emissions are negligible. Most homeowners rely on gas for heating purposes. However, it’s not readily available, especially in rural areas.

Solar energy is one of the most preferred choices because it’s renewable and there are no emissions during the generation process. It can be used to supplement both electricity and gas and in most cases can completely replace them. However, the installation can be quite expensive and it’s not conducive for colder regions.

Choosing The Right Energy Source For All Household Appliances

In order to reduce their energy bills each month, most people combine all energy sources. Here are some considerations when choosing the right energy source for each appliance in your home.

Hot water systems are more energy efficient when using solar power. However, electricity or gas can be used when there is insufficient generation of solar power.

Heating the house, especially during cold seasons or at night, is more efficiently achieved using gas powered appliances.

Cooking using gas is more efficient that electricity. However, most people switch between the two depending on their current situation or preferences.

Cooling during the hot seasons can be efficiently done using electricity powered appliances. Fridges work very effectively on electricity.

Normal home or kitchen appliances such as coffee machines, toasters or lighting fixtures can either use electricity or solar accordingly.

Air conditioners used for heating, cooling or ventilation can be powered by gas or electricity.

Before choosing any of these energy options, it’s important to weigh up all the pros, cons to determine the right choice for your home and your energy needs.

Keeping Safe When Installing Electric Appliances

Guidelines to Keeping Safe When Installing Electrical Appliances. 

Electrical AppliancesElectricity has become an essential part of our lives. We use electrical appliances every day, the oven, fridge, television, heaters, coffee makers, juicers etc. Virtually all devices nowadays rely on electrical power for operation. Because we are so used to using electrical appliances it can be easy to forget that there are risks and dangers that come with their use. This article provides you with important tips to help, when installing
electrical appliances.

Before installing an electrical appliance, make sure to read the instruction manual thoroughly and take note of parts that are specific to your appliance.

Check that the appliance you are about to install is approved by a reputable consumer laboratory in your area.

Don’t install an electrical appliance on a wet surface, or install with your feet wet. This could lead to electrical shocks and could kill you.

If the appliance you are installing is of a high power rating, have it plugged in directly to a power socket and don’t overload an extension with too many appliances.
Electrical SafetyWhen installing appliances such as space heaters, heating vents and other appliances that produce heat, keep them away from combustible materials such as clothes and toys. Other appliances that produce heat such as televisions and computers should be given some clearance to allow air circulation and cooling. Check the electrical cord for kinks, cracks or frays. These, if not noticed while installing, may cause short circuiting later that may damage the appliance or even start a fire.

Do not just insert the plug to the socket. Check on the voltage rating of the plug before installing. Some devices need to be plugged to a 120 Volts outlet socket while others need to be plugged to a 240 Volts outlet socket.

Fit the plug into the outlet socket firmly, if you realize that the socket is too lose, replace it or use another one. The socket should also be in a place accessible but concealed from children.

If smoke is noticed while installing the appliances, don’t wait. Remove your appliance and return it to where you bought it.

Unplug the appliances not in use from the socket to avoid accidents by children or pets.

These tips are important while installing any electrical device. Safety is paramount when dealing with potentially dangerous electrical energy.