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How long does LED lighting last?

This depends on a number of factors. We try to paint a clear picture of exactly what you can expect from LED lighting.

LED bulbs

Classic halogen lamps are increasingly being replaced by LED lamps, or also called retro-fit lamps. These last much longer than halogen bulbs.
On the other hand, the capacity of LED lamps is still limited by the electronics in the lamp, which ensure that the LED lamp operates on the existing voltage of the halogen lamps.
Also, an LED lamp has to stay cool. When LED lights heat up, they break down. The limited cooling in retro-fit lamps reduces their lifespan.
Also, switching the lamp on and off frequently will not improve the number of burning hours. All things considered, the average lifetime of an LED bulb will currently be around 20,000 - 25,000 hours.

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Integrated LED

Integrated LED is LED lighting that is incorporated into a luminaire. The disadvantage of this is that when the LED stops working, you have to replace the entire luminaire. To compensate, integrated LED does last a tremendously long time.
The power supply is usually external and separate from the LED, which benefits the quality of the electronics in the power supply. If the power supply stops working, the power supply can easily be replaced without having to replace the LED. LED integrated in a luminaire lasts 40,000 hours to 50,000 hours on average. Keep in mind that there is still a lot of variation in this. For instance, there are still big differences in quality between different LED chips.

LED modules

A third option is LED modules. This is the best of the above two options put together. An LED module can be connected directly to the power supply. No more need for a socket. All components come separately with an LED module. The necessary electronics to make the LED work are present in the external power supply. If the electronics in the external power supply fail, you can simply replace the power supply.
The disadvantage, however, is that LED modules are more difficult to use in luminaires with special shapes. Like integrated LED, LED modules last 40,000 hours to 50,000 hours on average. ClickFit spotlights are specially made for LED modules. These spotlights have a click system that allows the LED module to be held in place, without the help of a fitting.

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In practice

Here are some practical examples to give you a better idea of how long 25,000 hours precisely is.
In a shop that is open every day except Sunday and where the lights are on for 9 hours each day, LED lights will last approximately 8 years and 10 months.
Offices are open for an average of 250 days a year. If we assume that the lights stay on for 10 hours each day, here the LED lights will last for 10 years.
In a living room, the lights will be on every day (except for a few days when the family is on vacation), although this will be mainly in the evening. If the lights are on for an average of 3 hours per day, the LED will last 23 years and 9 months.
Naturally, the lights in the bathroom are used much less than in the living room. Here, the LED will last as long as 71 years and 5 months, if the lights are on for 1 hour per day. In this context, it must be mentioned we are not taking into account the wear-and-tear on the electronics of the LED. If the electronics fail, the LED will no longer work. However, an LED that lasts 71 years is (for the time being) a pipe dream.