Can I extend the life of my LED bulbs?

Yes, there are a few ways you can improve the lifespan of your LED light bulbs and help them get to the advertised longevity numbers or, at least, really close.

  1. Install the right bulbs in the right fittings. If you force the bulb into the fitting or attempt to manually rig the fitting to accommodate the bulb, you will most likely end up damaging it. If the damage isn’t mechanical, a spark or surge due to improper balance could damage it.
  2. Don’t leave them on for longer than necessary. Most adverts assume that you will use your light bulbs for a total of 8 hours a day. So, using LED bulbs round the clock means they will last 3 times less than normal. Only turn on the bulbs when you need to use them and turn them off after.
  3. Don’t switch themon and off too frequently,as this has an effect on the lifespan of many LED bulbs. The effect may not be as pronounced as is seen with incandescent bulbs and CFLS, but it is still something you can avoid. Use the on and off switch only when necessary.
  4. It is important to let your LEDs cool down between on and off. Although they do not exude as much heat as other types of bulbs, giving them time to rest between uses is a perfect way to increase their lifespan.