How Much Money Can You Save by Switching to LED Lights
The Department of Energy made the first push to educate the consumer about light emitting diodes back in the year 2000. It has taken over ten years for the new lighting technology to become readily available to the consumer.
With the average household having 20 light bulbs or more. The consumer was reluctant to convert to the energy efficient light bulbs. The main reason for not switching was the initial cost of the bulbs.
LED light bulbs costing $10-$20 or more for a single bulb could be costly. The payback on their investment would take years to recoup.
Now, years later the LED lighting technology has dropped 40 percent. Making it more comfortable for the average person to take advantage of the savings. LEDs are much more energy efficient than traditional incandescents and Halogens.
One reason LED lights are more costly than other types of light bulbs is the LED shelf life. LEDs last for ten years or more. Are incredibly durable and are designed to save energy.
You can now buy a LED light for around five dollars a bulb. Yes, LED light bulbs are more expensive on the front-end but will pay for themselves in a matter of months. Instead of years like before when investing in the LED light bulb replacement.
Switching to LEDs will save consumers a little over $8 a month and a $1000 over ten years.
Incandescents last about a year and have to be purchased again for replacement. Traditional light bulbs don’t make sense to keep on replacing. LEDs are a viable option for convenience, energy efficiency, and extended life.
Example, a 60-watt incandescent equivalent LED bulb uses 9.5 watts and produces the same amount of lumens or light. A fixture that has four 60-watt incandescents in it uses 240-watts compared to having four LED 60-watt equivalent bulbs using 38-watts. A significant difference in power usage. Don’t you agree?
The terminology for LEDs is different from shopping for incandescents and Halogens. Instead of watts, you are going to be looking for the number of lumens the LED emits.
Selecting lumen equivalents, how bright the LED will be.
Comparing color temperatures 2,200K-2,700K warm white, or day light 3,000K-4000K, 5,000K-6,500K.
CRI (color rendering index) a measure of the colors emitted by the bulb. A CRI of 80 plus is the closest to natural sunlight.
Check the LED light bulb packaging for the application you are going to use for the fixture replacement.
Some LEDs do not do well in extreme humidity environments or enclosed fixtures.
Not all LED lights are dimmable. Make sure the LED you are selecting is a dimmable bulb.
Others do not work with old dimmer switches. You might have to invest in a new dimmer switch. ($25)
Want to see how much energy you can save? See the comparison chart by CREE Light bulb Calculator it’s a superb tool to view the differences between a variety of light bulbs.
Are LEDs Worth It
The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) still reports that thirty-six percent of households are using old traditional bulbs. Even though, the evidence concludes that LEDs are the practical choice for the long run.
You will not have to replace a LED light bulb as often as other comparable bulbs. LED light bulbs will last ten years or more. Less time and money maintaining your lighting. LEDs are on average 80 percent more energy efficient than other bulbs.
LEDs don’t require special disposal compared to CFLs (compact fluorescent light), fluorescent tubes or Halogens. LEDs have little impact on the environment. As opposed to CFLs and fluorescent tubes that contain mercury which is a hazardous material.
The answer to the title is YES! LED lighting is worth the investment.
Homeowners and businesses appreciate saving money where ever we can. Your lighting is something we all take for granted until the utility bill arrives.
Although, it is one of the most natural things to do to pinch some pennies each month. We have to replace light bulbs anyway once they burn out. Why not replace them with something that will help you save time and some green.
It’s time to embrace LED lighting technology and reap the rewards.
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