LED is short for Light Emitting Diode. So called LED lights. Light emitting semiconductors. These semiconductors usually have a longer lifespan as regular lights and even fluorescent lights.
Changing regular bulbs for these energy saving LED’s is relatively quick and easy. One thing to keep in mind is the operating voltage. Most LED’s have the correct voltage depending on their build. The screw-in types with medium base, the smaller decorative bulbs and the bayonet type GU10 are 110 Volt. The halogen replacement MR11 or MR16 types are 12 Volt. In tiny living or other stand-alone installations a (separate) 12 Volt may be a nice idea.
It is saving quite a bit of power when replacing regular household bulbs from 40-60 Watts by LED lighting of 3-5 Watts with the same amount of light efficiency.
A Watt saved in advance is a Watt we down need to generate. In fact with all the loss in panel, cables and battery storage it’s nearly 1.5 up to 2 Watts we don’t need to generate. So before switching to solar, check how much Watts can be saved in advance, might be worth your while.
Some things to keep in mind, never choose LED’s to small in power, that will only lead to disappointment. LED bulbs become more and more dimmable with regular dimmers, they are usually more expensive, but they make up for that in lifespan.
Another nice idea might be those new LED panels, available in different sizes an shapes, round or square, from 3 Watts upto 25 Watts. They could just need to be build to 12Vdc if needed, simple and quick, just see our examples