The good news for consumers is that the price of LED lights is headed in the right direction – downwards. The one type of LED lighting that we have been waiting to see come down in price is the LED tube. These fluorescent tube replacements are only 50% as energy efficient as the fluorescent tubes they replace so the cost dynamics are really less in their favour than downlights where a 3W LED can replace a 35W halogen light.
So, to see prices on an 18W tube fall from US$27 down to US$18 is gratifying. It means that breakeven timing will fall into a more reasonable time period and make these lights an option. At the same time, the latest ESKOM electricity price hike is also helping to make even a 50% energy saving more attractive to the relatively high cost of the LED tube light.
To make matters even better, consider the newer high power LEDs which are putting out more lumens and that means we can go down to 16W and still get the same light output as a 36W fluorescent tube.
It’s time to think about LED tube lights for home and office applications. Remember also that you’ll be doing your bit for carbon saving as you’ll reduce CO2 emissions by half while we drop our prices to help you do this.