LED homes highlight need for guarantees

December, 2013

I'm currently working on two private homes that are using LED lighting exclusively. We've already heard that the capital outlay for this is greater, but that ongoing savings makes it a sensible decision. And that's purely from a financial perspective. The plans I've created for both houses are no different to the ones I design with non-LED lighting.

One thing I always require from the wholesalers I use for these lights is a water-tight guarantee. If they cannot give me a five-year guarantee on the LEDs I purchase for my clients, I refuse to purchase them. I'm sure many of you have considered using LED lighting, but may have concerns that they would not last as long as is claimed. In my experience, they do last. But to make sure, I require the five-year guarantee, plus they must be Zhaga Certified. Zhaga is the international consortium that sets the standards for LED lighting. LEDs are the way of the future. But like everything, quality varies. That's why it's important to know that all lighting products you buy live up to their claims. Don't always go for the one that costs less.

Most of the time that one won't give you the best value for money.

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