LEDs are the right light, elec­tri­cian says

Hamilton Press - - WARRIORS HIT TOWN - KEL­LEY TANTAU

There are a num­ber of ways to re­duce your power bill this win­ter, and a Hamil­ton elec­tri­cian says a first step could be bright­en­ing up on your bulbs.

Daniel Mis­chef­ski from Con­nect Elec­tri­cal says LED’s are a sim­ple in­stal­la­tion job with an ar­ray of ben­e­fits.

They are low-main­te­nance and should have a life span of at least 50,000 hours, he said.

‘‘At the mo­ment we’ve got a num­ber of house ren­o­va­tions on the go, where we’re ei­ther in­stalling new LED light­ing or retrofitting.’’

Retrofitting is when elec­tri­cians re­place old in­can­des­cent down­lights with LED down­lights. It’s a pop­u­lar op­tion, Mis­chef­ski said.

‘‘Pretty much ev­ery job I go to now, it’s at least men­tioned.’’

Con­nect Elec­tri­cal is pre­dom­i­nantly based in Hamil­ton and Cam­bridge but do com­plete work through­out the wider Waikato.

Mis­chef­ski started the busi­ness in 2015 and said the in­flux of clients want­ing to in­stall LEDs has taken off in the last two years.

LEDs aren’t new, Mis­chef­ski said, but their price is be­com­ing more at­trac­tive.

The only nega­tive is the up­front cost, but it pays off in the long-term, he said.

‘‘Five to ten years ago, they were ex­pen­sive, but now they’ve come down to a price where home­own­ers can see it as an op­tion.’’

Peo­ple also en­joy know­ing they’ve done their bit for the en­vi­ron­ment, he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on in­stalling LEDs, visit: www.con­nect­elec­tri­cal.co.nz

LEDS: LIGHT EMIT­TING DIODE

Cost from $8 per bulb and use up to 85 per cent less en­ergy than stan­dard in­can­des­cent light bulbs for the same light out­put.

LEDs should last around 15 times longer than a stan­dard in­can­des­cent light bulb and have in­stant full bright­ness when turned on. Avail­able in many dif­fer­ent types, in­clud­ing stan­dard light­bulbs.

CFLS: COM­PACT FLU­O­RES­CENT LAMP

Cost from $5 per bulb. Use up to 80 per cent less en­ergy than stan­dard in­can­des­cent light bulbs for the same light out­put.

A life­time of at least 6,000

Daniel Mis­chef­ski from Con­nect Elec­tri­cal says LED’s are a sim­ple in­stal­la­tion job with an ar­ray of ben­e­fits.

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