Save Money With LEDs!
I know—you just finished investing in compact fluorescent bulbs, and now you’re told those are old school. Time to convert to light emitting diodes, or LEDs! Yep, changing over is an expensive endeavor, but LEDs really are so much cheaper to operate and they’ll last longer than the rest of your life! I just replaced one of those nasty fluorescent tube fixtures in my house with an LED fixture. Ms. Money Counselor loves it, and so do I.
This guest post will fill you in on all the LED details.
How to Save Money and Energy with LED Bulbs
Savvy consumers all over the world are turning to LED (light-emitting diode) illumination solutions to save money and energy. Ideal for both residential and commercial applications, LEDs successfully tackle the problems commonly associated with traditional incandescent bulbs. If you’re interested in reducing your electricity bill while also doing your part to save the planet, transitioning to LED lighting is a no-brainer. Here are some of the benefits to look forward to:
A Significantly Longer Lifespan
Compared to the relatively short lifespan of outdated incandescent bulbs (roughly 1,200 hours), LEDs are the undisputed champion with a lifespan of around 70,000 hours on average, and sometimes as many as 100,000. That means that if you leave an LED light on for 8 hours per day, you wouldn’t need to replace it for over 20 years. LED bulbs also tend to last longer than other modern lighting options such as fluorescent and HID lamps.
Reduce Your Electricity Bill
On average, LEDs have an 80% efficiency rating, compared to incandescent bulbs’ 20%. What this means is that 80% of the energy is used to create light, with only 20% being lost as heat. Another way to picture how much energy is being wasted with traditional lighting is to think of your electricity bill as the energy consumption. Let’s say your bill is $100. With an incandescent bulb, you’re paying as much as $80 for unnecessary heat. LEDs, on the other hand, are providing you with as much as $80 worth of clean lighting.
Decrease Your Carbon Footprint
Knowing what we now know about our impact on the environment, it’s so important to take the eco-friendly option whenever possible. Recently government legislation has been passed to phase out the production of traditional bulbs due to their poor energy efficiency. LEDs only use 2-17 watts of electricity, allowing you to conserve a great deal of power. LED lights are also 100% recyclable, and they don’t contain toxic materials such as mercury.
As the U.S. Department of Energy said, “Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices.”
According to lighting supplier, Atlanta Light Bulbs, even fluorescent lighting is being recognized as inferior: “The Interior Lighting Campaign was launched in the spring of 2015 to promote the removal and retrofit of fluorescent troffer systems in our offices and work places.”
LEDs Are a Durable Lighting Solution
It’s a well-known fact that incandescent bulbs are fragile and prone to shattering. LEDs, on the other hand, are extremely rugged, and they can withstand external impacts, shock, and vibrations. Highly versatile, LEDs are weatherproof and can be used equally successfully indoors or outdoors, even during heavy rain, wind, snow, or even hail. Instead of spending your hard-earned money replacing broken bulbs, buy LED lighting just once. LEDs truly are the set-it-and-forget-it option.
While the dollars-per-lumen for LEDs may be higher than traditional light bulbs, lowered required maintenance and changing frequency, as well as the long-term energy savings drastically offset those costs. Incandescent bulbs are often incorrectly viewed as the frugal option because the initial cost is lower, but the truth is that LEDs are the budget-friendly option in the long run. There’s no way around it; you’re going to replace expired light bulbs many times throughout your life, and those costs really add up. Invest in LEDs, and enjoy saving money and energy for years to come.