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Light Emitting Diode (LED) downlights are the newest form of energy efficient lighting, replacing the popular but inefficient Halogen GU10 downlight and spotlights, which as of September 2016 are being banned from production and importation for sale within the EU.
If you have downlights installed in your property or you are looking at ways you can improve your property’s lighting, this guide will explore the four biggest benefits of installing energy-efficient LED downlights in your rented out property.
1) LED Downlights Can Help You Attract More Potential Tenants
Having an attractive property not only encourages more potential tenants enquiring about your property, it can also help you increase your rental value.
One of the biggest ways of attracting potential tenants to your property is to make key rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens look desirable enough to live in.
Whilst having lots of key fittings and features within these rooms certainly helps your property’s attractiveness, it’s no good if the potential tenant can’t see these features because of poor or insufficient light quality.
One way of accentuating key features in bathrooms and kitchens is to install recessed ceiling lights or downlights as they are also known. Compared to traditional ceiling lights, which are usually installed on your ceilings surface or on a hanging pendant, downlights are recessed into your ceiling meaning there are no unsightly wires or fixtures, helping you to create an attractive, flawless look to your kitchen and bathrooms.
And because downlights are installed to provide optimum light in your rooms as opposed to one centralised light within a room, your tenant will be able to enjoy all over light coverage within these key rooms.
Downlights also come with a bezel that you can choose to match the rest of your rooms. For example, if you have chrome features in your bathroom, you can install downlights with a chrome bezel helping to further improve the attractiveness of your property.
2) LED Downlights Can Help To Improve The EPC Rating Of Your Property
The EPC rating of a rented out property is becoming an increasingly more important topic for landlords to consider. That’s because from 1st April 2018, landlords will be obliged to produce an
Energy Performance Certificate, or EPC with a minimum rating of E or better for each home they rent and it will be unlawful to rent out properties that don’t meet this criteria.
Although there are various ways of improving your property’s EPC rating, a very cost efficient way is to install energy efficient light fixtures.
LED lighting uses up to 90% less energy compared to incandescent or halogen lights, whilst also providing similar levels of light quality for your tenant. Upgrading to LED lighting and saving 90% of energy on each light within your property is a huge step towards making the minimum EPC rating target, especially when your consider the average house uses 17% of energy on lighting.
If you have existing downlights in your property, it’s an absolute no-brainer to upgrade them to LED downlights and improve your EPC rating.
3) LED Downlights Are Hassle Free & Long Lasting
One of the biggest problems with inefficient lighting in your rented out property is that they always seem to break, meaning either you or your tenant have to regularly replace them. In some cases, it can cause arguments between a tenant and landlord as there is always the question as to ‘who should replace light fittings’.
The reason behind incandescent and halogen lights ‘blowing out’ is mainly down to their wasted heat output and the fact that they overheat.
LED lights operate at much lower temperatures and all of the energy they consume is primarily to produce a light output as opposed to heat up anything.
The resulting lifespan of an LED light compared to an incandescent or halogen light is astonishing;
LED lights last up to 35x longer and can last you up to 15 years. That’s even with the conservative estimate of a tenant using a light bulb 6 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Imagine never having the hassle of replacing a light bulb in your property for 15 years.
This is especially helpful if you have downlights installed in your property as these are some of the trickiest light bulbs to switch over, with them being installed on the ceiling. You avoid the potential risk of tenants attempting to replace lights themselves and doing damage to themselves or your property and you also avoid the hassle of constantly being called out to replace bulbs.
Better still, LED downlights and lights can be included as part of your inventory when a tenant moves in so you know your lighting will remain, even if your tenant does not.
4) LED Downlights Are A No Brainer For “Bills All In” Landlords
Renting your property out with bills included for your tenants is a very useful unique selling feature when marketing your property and is highly desirable to tenants.
In some cases, if you manage to get good deals on your energy costs, it can also be a further way to increase profit in your property.
However, some tenants can take advantage of bills included properties compared to someone paying bills themselves, simply because they don’t need to worry about how much energy they use.
Tenants leaving lights on throughout the day can cause major headaches for bills included landlords and can significantly eat into your profits, especially if you have inefficient lighting installed. You also have the issue of having to constantly replace light fixtures, as mentioned in reason 3 above.
Installing LED lighting could help you take back control of your property’s energy and significantly save the energy in your property, whilst also providing lighting required for tenants. That’s because a 50W halogen GU10 bulb can now be replaced by a 4.3W LED GU10 lamp, providing you with an energy saving of 90% on just one light fixture.
To see how this much would save you in energy costs, here’s an example.
If your kitchen has ten (10) 50W halogen downlights, the total power consumption for the room would come to 500W or 0.5kW, consuming 0.5kWh per hour.
Based on a typical unit price of 15.4p per kWh, the 10 lights will cost 7.7p per hour to run. The daily cost to you is 77p if on for 10 hours. This equates to £5.39 a week, £21.56 a month or £258.72 a year.
Replacing halogen bulbs with the 4.3W LED equivalent, will result in huge savings to you – or 6p per day, 42p a week, £1.68 a month and £20.16 a year.
The savings are therefore 71p a day, £4.97 a week, £19.88 a month or £238.56 a year.
You have to focus in the initial cost of the LED GU10s but when you consider a high quality premium LED GU10 from Downlights Direct costs £4.75 inc VAT, you start to see how easy it is to make a return on investment for bills all in landlords.
Article Courtesy of: www.downlightsdirect.co.uk