Energy efficient bulbs are not new onto the scene of energy consumption, but the use of LED’s for everyday lighting might be new to you. First it was compact florescent lamps that were going to be the end all be all of in home energy efficiency. But, move over curly queues, because LED’s are about to take your crown. Here’s why.
What is an LED?
You may or may not realize that you have been using LED bulbs for years. They can be found in remote controls, night lights, and computers just to name a few places. These are those little lights that never seem to die as they keep us illuminated and informed. LED stands for “Light-emitting diodes”. This type of bulb uses a much more environmentally-friendly method of electrical conduction called a diode to create illumination.
Although LED light bulbs currently cost more than traditional light bulbs or compact florescent bulbs LED lights on average save consumers $50 to $100 per the life time of the bulb in energy costs compared to incandescent bulbs. Multiply that times the number of bulbs in your home, and that is some substantial savings.
Just as with the introduction of compact florescent bulbs, the cost of LED light bulbs has been quite a bit more expensive than traditional bulbs, however they are beginning to come down in price quickly as consumers begin to transition to this newly available product.
Statistics show that on average switching over to using LED bulbs throughout your home versus incandescent bulbs will use between 75% and 85% less energy; this saves both in energy usages, as well as energy costs.
Besides being more efficient in the amount of energy need to illuminate an LED bulb and having a substantially longer life expectancy, LEDs are cooler. LED lights produce less heat than incandescent lighting saving you on cooling costs.
LED Bulb Uses
LED bulbs now come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes making them a long lasting, dependable, and versatile choice for home lighting needs. Due to the variety of colors and sizes in LEDs you can use LEDs to decorate for the holidays, light your backyard, or create excellent mood lighting in addition to your normal everyday uses.
LED Bulb Benefits
Unlike compact florescent bulbs, LEDs need no warm-up time and light up immediately. This decreases the amount of time that you may need to leave a bulb on to have sufficient light for your purpose; in turn cutting down on your energy usage and costs.
LED bulbs are also gently on the eyes, since they emit light without excessive glare that can irritate eyes when reading or performing intricate tasks. This cuts back on eye strain, and protects your vision health.
When looking for LEDs for your home or business needs, you should always look for the Energy Star logo to assure you get the best quality product and the most for your money. Switching to LEDs will save you energy, money, and possibly even some medical costs when you don’t have to buy those glasses. So the next time you need a bulb reach for an LED.