We’re all interested in finding ways to add more dollars to our bank accounts. One of the best ways to save money in your home is to switch to LED lighting. While it may have been a bit confusing over the last few years as to why the switch makes sense, it is now becoming increasingly clear that LED is the top choice for energy and cost savings.
What are LED Bulbs?
LEDs are used in a wide variety of applications from brake lights in cars, to parking lot lights, gas station lights, TVs, and, of course, home and office lighting. Their use continues to grow because they are simple to maintain, durable, and versatile.
An LED is a light-emitting diode which uses has a built-in semiconductor which transforms electrical energy to light output. They aren’t exactly bulbs though they look similar to incandescent bulbs and CFL (compact fluorescent) lights, they operate in a different way.
First, LED lights are directional meaning they can focus their light beam versus bulbs which require reflectors to direct their light. Next, they don’t require toxic materials like mercury to operate.
Incandescent lights require a filament that is heated to produce light. Unfortunately, most of the energy released from traditional lighting comes off in the form of heat. LED uses a cold heating process and releases only a minimal amount of heat. All the energy used goes directly toward overall light output.
Are LED Lights Energy Efficient?
LED lights are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and CFLs. LEDs use 228 Kilowatts of electricity per year, while incandescents use a whopping 2190. CFLS are slightly better at 531 KWh per year, but they still don’t match the energy efficiency of LEDS.
So, what does this mean in terms of actual money?
Incandescents and CFLs range between costing $220-$53.00 per year, while LED bulbs are just $22.76 per year. Yes, the bulbs are most expensive to purchase, but you can quickly see how fast you can make up that expense.
Are LED Bulbs Worth the Money?
Definitely. Yes, you’re going to pay more for these lights on the front end, but LED bulbs of today can last for up to 25,000 hours or longer. This means they can last about 25 longer than traditional lighting options. So, if you left your LED bulb on for 24 hours per day, 7 days each week, it would last longer than three years.
On top of that, there is very little maintenance required for LED bulbs. They are a “set it and forget it” type of product which means you’re not only paying for the energy efficiency, you’re paying for the convenience and time-saving aspects as well. In the end, you end up saving your more cash over the longer you use them.
What Types of LED Lights Can I Use in My Home?
Inside, recessed lights with dimming capabilities offer another chance for money savings by only using the amount of light you need. LED spotlights, such as the PAR30, are perfect for highlighting dramatic artwork over fireplaces, in great rooms, or in stairwells. You can even get LED bulbs in candleabra shapes or other unique shapes to fit your current lamp and lighting fixtures.
The good news is that the verdict is in – LED lighting is the number one option for energy savings and efficiency. As the demand continues to grow, there will be even more choices in LED bulbs available to meet any lighting need.
Author bio – Gilbert Cabrales has been with CS LED since its inception in 2008, first as an employee and then as a valued partner. Gilbert has vast experience in both lighting and electrical work and has a unique method for collaborating with his clients. He doesn’t stop at the sale. Instead, he works to truly connect with his clients and remains a resource throughout the lifespan of each one of their lighting projects. From design to implementation and beyond, you can count on “Gil” to deliver LED expertise and true partnership capabilities.