LEAD­ING WITH LEDs GREEN UP YOUR POWER BILL OUR TIPS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES + SERVICES - Re­becca Isaacs Visit: mcin­tosh­elec­tri­cal.com

EN­ERGY-ef­fi­cient up­grades are gain­ing trac­tion among home­own­ers, ac­cord­ing to one Sydney elec­tri­cian.

In par­tic­u­lar, peo­ple are opt­ing to in­stall LED lights over halo­gens, Lau­ren Brown, of McIn­tosh Elec­tri­cal, says.

“Halo­gen lights can get really red hot. A lot of the time I take them out, I find burnt ca­bling, whereas LEDs draw less power, but are just as bright – if not brighter,” Ms Brown said.

LEDs (light-emit­ting diodes) are more ex­pen­sive than halo­gen or in­can­des­cent lights, but the price has dropped dra­mat­i­cally in the past few years.

“You save a lot of money over time. It con­sid­er­ably re­duces your power bills,” Ms Brown said.

Per­haps more im­por­tant than keep­ing costs down is making sure the home is safe.

Ms Brown said elec­tri­cal safety checks were a good idea for peo­ple mov­ing into a new home.

“We fo­cus on switch­boards, wiring, smoke de­tec­tors and ca­bling. All houses now have to have PVC ca­bles, not cot­ton or rub­ber, which can get brit­tle and snap eas­ily, pos­si­bly start­ing a fire,” she said.

Safety switches that shut off power if they de­tect an elec­tri­cal fault are also a good idea.

“They in­sure you against elec­tri­cal shock. They pro­tect you,” Ms Brown said.

Pic­ture: ANNIKA ENDERBORG

Lau­ren Brown is one of two fe­male elec­tri­cians at McIn­tosh Elec­tri­cal.

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