Do you supply the light bulbs to your rental properties? Are you including an “all in” deal for your tenants’?
If you have answered yes to the above question, then you really need to ensure that you are using inbouwspotjes LED or LED fittings in your properties.
And even if you answered no to those questions, you still need to do it, for a variety of reasons which we will set out in this article.
HALOGEN BULBS HAVE BEEN BANNED BY THE EU
The main reason is that since 2016, halogen bulbs have actually been banned for production and importation from sale within the EU (and for the time being, the UK is still a member country).
This does not mean that you may not use them at the moment. But it seems likely that eventually there will be little other option but to convert your rental properties to having light fittings which are compatible with all types of inbouw spots LED – whether that is the increasingly popular badkamer LED spotjes (bathroom spots) or the equally popular inbouw led spots keuken lights for the kitchen.
LED INBOUW SPOTS CONTRIBUTE TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY
As you may already be aware, all rental properties have their own EPC rating. This stands for Energy Performance Certificate and from 2018 it is something that all landlords will be required to possess.
What’s more, you will need a score of an ‘E’ or better, for your home to be legal to rent out.
So that your homes are not deemed to be breaking the law, we would urge all landlords to begin replacing their older, less efficient incandescent bulbs and halogens, with energy saving inbouwspot led verlichting right away.
As we are aware that this may take some time – and investment – it is vital to begin now.
LEDS HAVE COME DOWN IN PRICE
The good news is that although the average price of an LED bulb is still a little higher than the alternatives, it is not by anything near as much as it used to be.
This makes them much more affordable than they were even only a couple of years back.
Inbouwspotjes LED might be purchased now for only around two or three pounds – not that much at all.
LEDS WILL SAVE YOU MONEY
The bottom line about LEDs is that once they are installed, you literally can just sit back and reap the rewards, in terms of falling electricity bills.
An LED bulb might last up to 15 years, which could represent a 35 times extension on the lifespan of the “average” bulb.
Let’s suppose that you are replacing a batch of ten halogen bulbs from your kitchen of 50W each. These would be currently using 500 watts an hour.
At present this will be costing 7.7 p per hour (based on a unit price of 15.4 p per k W h). In other words, this is costing £5.39 a week or £258.72 a year.
Now switch these to some 4.3 watt inbouw led spots keuken (kitchen lights). This will cost approximately 6 pence a day and only 42 pence a week – compare that to £5.39 a week! This works out as a bill of £20.16 a year.
How does this measure up to your current bills? We estimate that it saves you £238.56 a year – just in kitchen lighting alone!
If you are providing an ‘all in’ services, with bills included, you can hardly afford to ignore this.
LEDS ARE HARD WEARING
Even if you are not including bills in the cost of the rental, the long lasting lifespan (up to fifteen years) means you will not have to be replacing fittings in the kitchen, bathroom and other tricky to service areas.
Any landlord who has to provide any communal lighting at all will see a substantial saving very quickly, by switching their present lighting to LEDs.
AND THIS IS ONLY THE START… THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER REASONS TO SWITCH YOUR RENTAL PROPERTIES OVER TO LED TODAY!!