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LED stands for ‘Light Emitting Diode’, a semiconductor device that converts electricity into light.
Super energy efficient and long lasting (see the table below), LEDs use approximately 85% less energy than halogen or incandescent lighting, which means significant savings on your power bills.
|Lighting technology||Estimated lifespan*|
*Depending on the globe
As they only converted 5-10% of the energy they produced into light, these globes wasted an extreme amount of energy, which is why, due to government regulations, as of November 2009 you are no longer able to purchase standard incandescent globes.
While they look similar to incandescent globes, halogens use an envelope filled with low pressure Halogen gas to help burn the filament to produce the visible light. Regular 12 volt downlights that have not been changed to energy saving fittings are most likely halogen. These globes typically replaced incandescent globes in pendant lights, chandeliers and spotlights.
CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) are fluorescent tubes twisted into shape to fit a standard light fitting. CFLs are about 80% more efficient than incandescent globes but have some restrictions, such as dimming size and the appearance.