LED Try-Before-You-Buy Scheme

Introduction

Transition Bath’s ‘Try Before You Buy’ LED lighting project allows you to borrow a kit of
Photo of LED kit contents annotated LEDs from Bath’s Central Library. The kit contains approximately 33 different  LED bulbs bulbs which you can try in your home before making a purchase.

Modern LED bulbs can be just as bright as halogens but use 10% of the electricity. Unlike halogen bulbs, LED bulbs come with a potentially bewildering range of characteristics which put prospective purchasers off. Low power bulbs from a few years ago have also deterred people from purchasing, but recent LEDs are as bright if not brighter than the halogens they are replacing. This kit hopes to persuade you to switch, and not only save on average £75 from your annual electricity bill but reduce carbon emissions.

The rest of this webpage hopes to guide you through the process, but if you have any further questions not covered here, please contact us at ledlighting@transitionbath.org and we will do our best to help.

What to do next

  • Read: Briefly read through this web page to get a feel for what is required, or if you are in a hurry read the printed instructions provided with the kit
  • Book: Book the kit out from the library: either by contacting the library or online (click here for instructions), they will contact you by phone or email when a kit is available for you to borrow
  • Collect: Go and pick the kit up from the library, bring your library card with you
  • Try: Having got the kit home, try the bulbs, find the ones you like, and…..
  • Buy: once you have chosen the LEDs you like please purchase using the instructions on this webpage,
  • Feedback: Provide us with feedback via this on-line form, so we can improve the service, make it better for others

The rest of this web page contains more detailed information about how to go about choosing LED bulbs than provided in the printed instructions which come with the kit.

Background – Safety Precautions/Legal
Economics
What criteria are important to selecting an LED bulb?
Miscellaneous
Post kit usage evaluation form