I recently bought a Watt Meter on eBay. Long story short, lights consume most of my electricity, easily!
1 x GU10 spotlight = 48watt, a single room bedroom typically has 5-8 of these lights. Living area around 15.
I have approx. 40 GU10 spotlights in the house. That is serious power usage for just light!
So I've done some investigating and the cheapest relative quality LEDs you can buy in SA are approx. R100 (Ellies). 4.5w (instead of 48watt).
However I've started experimenting by buying LEDs from eBay. From eBay you can get LEDs for R29
I've bought a few different brands and I want to share my experience and in turn get some of the other peoples experiences!
The brands I've bought in SA:
Ellies (4w): Quality is acceptable, Light output is average, cost is intermediate.
Qualico (4w): Quality is good and light output is good but cost is very high
SmarTop LEDs (labelled 6w/9w but it is 3w): Quality is excellent and light output is average, cost is lower than Ellies.
Cheapo no-name 4w LEDs: I'm still waiting on these but they cost R29 for a single LED, so cost is incredibly low.
Yes this isn't an exhaustive list but I'm hoping to expand it.
Anyone else want to contribute your experiences?