We are always looking for ways to help you save on all of your utility bills, but especially now when money is tight for many people. So with that in mind, one way to keep more money in your wallet when it comes to electrical bills is: switching to LEDs!
Do you have “that friend” who switched to an LED-only household like five years ahead of the curve and always brags about it? Maybe that turned you off from checking out energy-efficient LED lights, but we promise you, they are significantly more efficient than fluorescent and incandescent lights.
In fact, there are many reasons you should opt for LEDs over any other light:
- They last longer. On average, they last between 50,000 to 100,000 hours, which is two to four times longer than fluorescent lights, and 20 to 40 times longer than incandescent bulbs! And, of course, that means savings for you!
- They are safer. LEDs don’t generate nearly as much heat as incandescent bulbs, which actually have almost 90% of their energy converted into heat instead of light. All that heat can be very hazardous … like if a bulb overheats, melts its socket, and starts a fire! LED bulbs eliminate that risk.
- They don’t generate heat, which means they’re far more efficient! Yes, we just relayed this. But the fact that 90% of incandescent bulb energy is converted to heat, while only 10-20% energy from fluorescents and LED bulbs is converted into heat, means that fluorescents and LEDs are actually being used for what you bought them for!
- They are superior to fluorescent. Not many people care for the way that fluorescent bulbs look, whereas LEDs tend to be more aesthetically pleasing. And, LEDs make everything else look more aesthetically pleasing, too! LEDs are great when it comes to something called “CRI.” No, that doesn’t mean they make you cry. It stands for “color rendering index.” All that means is that LED bulbs accurately reveal and reflect the real color of objects. Whereas, fluorescent and incandescent bulbs cast their own color glow, and so you’re not seeing the real color of the object.
- Last but not least, LEDs are great at dimming. Whether you want them to be at 0% or 100%, or anything in between, they can do it easily. And as you might imagine, if you do dim your LEDs, then they become even more efficient and last even longer. If that sounds obvious, it’s actually not true for all lights. For metal halide lights, for example, they are less efficient when dimmer. The dimmer they are, the faster they burn out.
Making the leap to LEDs for your home doesn’t have to be done all at once. Just purchase one bulb and see whether you do in fact prefer the improved color, longer lifespan, and reduced bills. What’s not to love?