Energy Saving with LED Light Bulbs
Energy saving with the LED light you can implement today. How many incandescent light bulbs do you have in your home? As of January 1, 2017, incandescent light bulbs will be banned per the Department of Energy regulation forever. Only a few incandescent light bulbs are still exempt which include the oven light bulb, rough service light bulb, and bug lights.
Former President Obama signed an executive order for the demise of the 3-way incandescent bulb. Now including 3-way bulbs in the ban. It was signed by President Obama on his last full day as President.
Have you started to replace the incandescent bulbs in your home? With an estimated four billion incandescent light bulbs still used across the United States. It will challenge for most consumers to find a comparative light bulb replacement.
One strategy would be to replace the burned out light bulbs with a new energy efficient light bulb. Before we only had one choice and that was the Compact Fluorescent Light(CFL).
Now the consumer has an arsenal of practical power options with more to come in the future. Customers can purchase a CFL or the new LED (light emitting diode). Both designed for energy efficiency but what would be the best choice.
Let us begin by comparing the three. The traditional incandescent light bulbs were less expensive than the CFL and LED. They worked well, turning on immediately, had zero toxic materials.
And as you already experienced worked well in small areas, but incandescent lights consumed the most energy, had a short life expectancy and produced a lot of heat.
Incandescent lighting lifespan is approximately 1,200 hours consuming 60watts of power or more and operating costs $11 a year.
Comparing the Compact Fluorescent Light which has a variety of sizes. CFL’s are energy efficient for most household applications. They come in many different shapes but do contain mercury which is a hazardous toxic material.
And require specific disposal practices. The CFL has to warm up to brightness after switching on and are not dimmable. And are expensive compared to the incandescent.
LED’s offer the consumer the best choice for replacement lighting. First LED’s are environmentally friendly. LED’s have the best energy efficiency, produce no heat, turn on immediately, are durable, and operate in all temperature conditions.
The LED is directional and lasts up to thirty times longer than CFL’s or conventional bulbs. And consumers will be rewarded with significantly lower maintenance costs.
However, LED’s are the most expensive of the three. Whereas the return on your investment could take up to a year, but the savings can be upward of thousands of dollars. Of course, that depends on the energy usage and size of the space.
LED lighting lifespan is approximately 50,000 hours and consume 8watts of energy and operating costs $1.10 a year.
CFL bulbs vs. LED
The initial cost for LED’s is higher than CFL’s, but LED’s will last appreciably longer (25 times longer). LED’s consume less energy and will virtually be maintenance free.
Most users of the LED’s are experiencing twenty-five percent savings on their energy usage. LED’s and CFL’s offer a direct drop in to replace traditional lighting.
- Incandescents use the most energy
- Halogen and Xenon use 25-80 percent less than incandescents but use more than CFL’s and LED’s
- CFL’s use a fraction of the power of incandescents
- LED (light emitting diode) is the most efficient
Incandescent light bulbs vs. LED
Understanding replacement lighting basics will help you make an intelligent decision on the right choices for your lighting needs. Replacement light locations will determine the types of bulbs you should consider to use.
If you’re replacing light bulbs in your home take into account the square footage of the space you wish to illuminate. On the traditional incandescent light bulb box, you would look on the side of the box and see 60watt, 100watt or 150watt, etc.
Today’s lighting options you will see wattage comparisons to lumens on the box. Lumens indicate the amount of light emitted by the CFL or LED bulbs.
For example, a 13watt CFL mini bulb has 900 lumens which are equivalent to a 60watt light bulb with a rated life of eleven years or 12,000 hours. And an energy savings of @ $66 a year.
A LED 10.5-watt replacement 60watt equivalent would have 810 lumens and a rated life of 25000 hours. And a $1.26 energy cost per year.
So how do you determine the amount of brightness you desire for each space you wish to lamp. First, determine the color temperature you want, 2700 warm white similar to the traditional incandescents to 3500 cool white often found in offices and warehouses. Color temperature marked on the packaging.
A simple formula to use is to multiply the square footage of the space by the lumens. For instance, 7.5 lumens per the square footage of the hallway.
When replacing a bedroom light multiply 15 lumens times the square footage.
For dining rooms, kitchens, and offices where you would want a brighter light use 35 lumens per the square foot.
Replacing the bathroom light multiply 75 lumens per the square footage.
Replacing a 100watt incandescent light bulb which is approximately 1600 lumens. Review the comparison chart equivalent to replacing the 100watt incandescent. You will notice the comparisons on the LED or CFL’s will make the same amount of lumens but will require less energy to operate
Noting the Energy Star Badge on the box ensures that the replacement light bulbs your choosing have passed the Energy Star standards for energy efficiency and cost savings. The Energy Star Badge provides assurances that you are choosing a high-quality product.
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