When is it a good time to invest in LED light bulbs? The best opportunity to buy LEDs is when you have to replace burned out light bulbs. Sure, LEDs will cost you a little more but will pay for themselves in time.
Think of LED light bulbs like a hybrid car; you spend more on the front end, but over time the hybrid car benefits you by saving you money. We all are looking for ways to save money. Don’t you agree?
By replacing a bulb here and there won’t reduce your light bill significantly. Comparing to replacing all the bulbs in your home at one time. Over time LED replacement will eventually impact your budget. Five percent of your utility bill is for your lighting.
(10 x 60-watt E26 base – LED light bulb $186.15 a year)
Consider 5 Things When Buying LED Light Bulbs
First, forget about traditional buying practices for LEDs. What I mean by that is when you used to look for are replacement light bulb. We would look at what the wattage (40-60-75) of the lamp was and what type base. Then buy a light bulb that was similar.
Another Benefit to Using LEDs
A fixture that recommends only using a 60-watt light bulb is limiting the amount of light for that space. Maybe you’ve always thought it would be nice to have a brighter bulb in that fixture.
Now you can use a 100-watt equivalent LED light bulb in that same fixture. Without fear of damaging the lamp or voiding the light bulb requirements.
(wattage is the amount of energy the light bulb would use)
Forget About Wattage, Think Lumens And Kelvin
LEDs however, do not draw the wattage that a traditional light bulb used. A 60-watt equivalent LED uses only 9.5-12 watts and produces the same amount of light. What you do need to consider is lumens. Lumens is the measurement of light emitted from the LED.
A LED 60-watt equivalent light bulb has 800 lumens. Also, now you would need to decide on the color temperature. Color temperature is the color of the light produced by the LED. If you want to get technical color temperature measurement is Kelvins.
LED light bulbs come in an array of color temperatures. (warm white, daylight white, and bright white.) Moreover, some varieties of LEDs even change colors.
A great example would be the Ambilite LED light bulbs has millions of different colors that you create just by a swipe of your finger.
Alternatively, the Phillips Hue 3rd generation starter kit. Color changing LED light bulbs that you can set the ambiance. Both color changing systems that let your imagination run wild.
For example, a LED light bulb with a color temperature of 2700K-3500K. The color temperatures referred to above would be closest to a traditional incandescent light bulb. (warm white)
You would use the 2700K-3500K for living rooms, bedrooms. Places that you would want the lighting to feel warm and cozy and inviting.
Also, 3500K-5000K would be closer to the lighting in offices. The light emitted from office lighting has a bluer tint to the glow of the bulb. The range of color temperatures that you work great for the kitchen, home office, or garage. (daylight white)
Also, the 5000K-6500K color temperature would be similar to the lighting you see for safety and security lighting. (bright white)
Just keep in mind that when selecting a LED light bulb is lumens and Kelvin. Lumens is the brightness of the light bulb. Also, Kelvin is the color of the light emitted by the lamp. LEDs have three color temperatures you can select warm white, soft white, and bright white.
I use five LEDs in my garage and seven LEDs for my basement that are 60-watt equivalent and have a color temperature of 5000K. The LEDs are only drawing 9.5-watts and are bright white. Illuminating the spaces sufficiently for any tasks.
Both spaces have motion sensors and turn on as long as there is movement but after fifteen minutes turn off. The color temperature that I chose work for me.
You might not want that bright of a light. Or you might want your lighting to be more golden. That is the beauty of LEDs. You can fine-tune LEDs for precisely the brightness of the illumination you wish.
My wife loves the motion activated switches, especially when carrying a load of laundry down the stairs. She has to go out to the garage when she has both hands transporting boxes to the garage.
She does not have to turn the lights on or to turn them off as she leaves. I do not have to worry about the kids leaving the lights burning after they have been to the garage or basement.
LED Light Bulbs and Dimmers
If you have a fixture that uses a dimmer switch for the bulbs. So you go to replace that burned out bulb. Be sure to check on the packaging that the LED is, first of all, a dimmable bulb and second that it is compatible with the dimmer switch you have.
Most cases the dimmer switch you have now was designed for a traditional incandescent light bulb. Which reduced the amount of energy to dim the light bulb.
As we discussed before, LED light bulb circuitry is different from an incandescent halogen or compact fluorescent. Moreover, we are up to speed on the new terminology used for LED light bulbs.
LED brightness and energy used are inherently different from the replacement light bulbs of yesteryear. OK, getting back to dimmer switches.
A non-compatible dimmer switch will cause the LED light bulb to flicker, hum, or buzz. The circuitry of the LED is what causes the issues.
If not you will have to replace the dimmer switch that would work with your new LED. Alternatively, spend a little more on a LED that would work with your standard dimmer switch.
Do LED Light Bulbs Get Hot
You want to ensure that the LED light bulb you pick will have a long life. There are a couple of things to consider.
LEDs do produce heat but not as much as an incandescent, halogen or a compact fluorescent bulb.
LEDs use a heat sink to dissipate the heat produced by the lamp. With that said, not all LEDs can be used in an enclosed fixture.
The reason for this is the LED light bulb needs a way to get rid of the heat. The enclosed fixture will contain the heat and will transfer the heat back to the LED. That will significantly reduce the life of the LED light bulb.
So you have to look at the packaging to see if the LED that you are selecting will work in an enclosed or semi-enclosed fixture.
By following the pertinent information on the box will help you choose the right LED light bulb. Also, help you save money on bulb replacements.
What Is So Special About LED Lights
1. LED light bulbs are eighty percent energy efficient as soon as you flip the switch. Compared to incandescent, compact fluorescent, and halogens.
(10 X (18w) GU5.3 Bright White Spot $84.68 a year)
2. Most LED light bulbs are a direct drop-in replacement without modifying current electrical applications. There are direct drop-in fluorescent tube lights. No need to change tombstones. Just plug and play.
(10 X 36W T-8 tubes $99.28 a year)
Other LED tube lights, to get the most energy efficiency you need to bypass the ballast.
3. Led light bulbs and LED tube lights are incredibly durable.
4. LED light bulbs will last twenty-five times longer than an incandescent. Moreover, eight to twenty-five times longer than a Halogen.
5. LED light bulbs come in forty, sixty, or seventy-watt drop-in replacement for incandescent. Also, 3-way LEDs now are available.
6. LEDs come in a variety of colors, work with dimmers, and motion sensors.
7. Work well in outdoor and indoor environments because of there durability. (solar powered LEDs)
8. LED light bulbs that have earned the EnergyStar Badge will save you about $75 a year and use 20-25 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs.
9. LED light bulbs raise property values. Controls like photocells and timer switches also help to save you money. Just remember to use compatible LED lights for your applications.
10. LED light bulbs have a low impact on the environment. They do not contain hazardous materials (mercury) like compact fluorescent which require special disposal.
In conclusion, replacing your old bulbs with LEDs is the simplest way to start impacting your monthly budget. Investing in one LED lamp or converting all your lights in your home. Light bulb replacement is a job anyone can do without hiring a contractor. Choose to start saving energy and money today. The above post gives you ten reasons why LEDs are a reasonable risk of investment.
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