Are LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) worth the Lumes?
In short, the answer is yes. Traditional light bulbs, like incandescent, waste most of the electricity it pulls on light’s by-product, heat. On the other hand, LEDs are energy efficient, ensuring that it uses the electricity it pulls, which is significantly lower than traditional lights, to produce intense directional light. This is why LEDs are significantly cooler to touch even after hours of being on, as opposed to its older brother, the traditional light, which is hot enough to burn skin in a very short period of time. Compact fluorescent and incandescent lamps can actually increase your electricity bill in more than just wasted heat. That additional heat in your home on top of the summer sun can cause your A/C unit to work even harder to keep your home cool. This means extra dollars being pulled from your pocket in the long term and you don’t need all that hot air!
In the winter, typically lights can even become a fire hazard. We have all heard the sirens wailing around Christmas responding to yet another house fire caused from a dry Christmas tree and hot traditional. It is no wonder why LED stringed lights are becoming a more and more popular choice for people, but did you know this is also true for other areas of the home, such as wall sconces or recessed lighting where hot lights butt up to drywall and ceilings. A much safer choice would be the cooler, longer lasting LEDs.
How much longer do LEDs last compared to traditional lights?
The answer varies depending on the particular light fixture, usage and environmental factors, but typically LEDS last over 30 years. While they are initially more expensive than some traditional lamps, the investment actually saves you money in replacement and energy costs. Just one incandescent bulb can cost up to 5-10 times the purchase price of the bulb in it’s lifetime; take a moment to think about that the next time you change a blown light bulb!
LEDs are made up of diodes that are angled in a specific way (typically 90 degrees) to create focused intense light that points in a specific direction. They are not made of glass, but of a specialised material that resembles hard, clear plastic. This makes them far more durable than fragile, thin glass.
What lights should I replace with LEDs to save money?
A good place to start to get the biggest impact is the lights used most often. Kitchen, living room and outdoor patio and floodlights (which pull a lot of energy) will give you the biggest savings on your next electric bill. Spot lights, pool lights and display lights are some more options. LEDs have advanced to be able to replace submersible and wet location lamps. As your savings build up, directional lights, under cupboard and cabinet lighting creates less need to use larger lighting sources for everyday enjoyment.
Energy efficient LEDs have come a long way in advancements in technology and have become more affordable than ever! Invest in your monetary savings and help the earth at the same time with converting to LEDs!
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