Lead in your drinking water from old lead pipes is not a good thing, but LED kitchen taps providing you with colourful water is a completely different, and very good thing. Of course, it should be pointed out that LED has nothing to do with the metal, lead. LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode, and LED taps are ordinary taps that incorporate a technology that makes the light colour change, depending on the water temperature.
When your LED kitchen tap is not in use, it will emit a white light, if switched on. It can of course be switched off, but these lights are very energy efficient and consume hardly any electricity. The mixer taps have temperature sensors that change the colour of the LED lights from blue for cold water, through yellows and greens to red for hot water in a seamless and futuristic-looking manner that is both beautiful and fascinating, and also very practical.
The practicality of LED lights changing colour, depending on the water temperature, should be obvious. You no longer need to test the degree of heat or cold of the water with a vulnerable finger poked tentatively in to the water stream. The changing colours of the LED lights literally illuminate the different water temperatures, which you can then easily check at a glance. No more burned fingers for overworked housewives preparing dinner in the kitchen.
Installing a mixer LED kitchen tap is quite easy, and they install just like any ordinary mixer tap. Anyone with even minimal DIY skills should be able to do it. You should start by turning off your mains water supply, usually found under the kitchen sink. The opening in the sink for the monoblock mixer unit will likely be 26 millimetres in diameter. Between the sink top and the block of the tap sits a large rubber 'O' ring that gets squashed when the unit is tightened into place, forming a watertight seal.
The underneath part of the tap block has a large flat rubber washer placed in it with four holes, two large and two small, that line up with similar holes in the block. The large holes are for attaching the water feed pipes, one for cold water and the other for hot water. The smaller holes are for the threaded connection bars, which should be connected to finger tightness to the block before it is attached to the sink.
The main problem you will likely encounter is the lack is space to work in under the sink. The steel washer needs to be moved into place at this stage, then the nuts on the threaded bar can be tightened. A box spanner of the right size works best here. Don't over-tighten, but make it secure. When all the pipe work is fully and properly connected, it's time to test the tap. Turn on the main water cautiously, and if there are no drips to be seen, try the tap itself, which should function perfectly.
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