Time For a Better Light Bulb
The cost of LED light bulbs for lamps and other standard household lighting fixtures is coming down and will finally save you some real money. Many people have converted their lighting from standard to CFL lighting over the past several years, but LED light bulbs have certain advantages over other bulbs.
Until recently, there have been two reasons that LED light bulbs were not more widely used. The first is that they were not cheap enough, but the price is coming down fast. The second was the quality of the light, but LED light bulbs now come in warm colors that look just like standard light bulbs.
You should know that LED light bulbs use far less energy than CFL bulbs. Think of these light bulbs as being the next generation in energy-saving bulbs for your home. Compared to the old standard bulbs it’s not even close. A typical LED lamp light bulb consumes only 5-7 watts of electricity. That is going to save you money every day. In fact, if you replace a bulb in a lamp that you keep on every night you will save even more.
The color of LED bulbs has improved dramatically from a white directed light to a soft full light. In fact, you already know that LED lights come in every color you can imagine since they make popular Christmas lights, but the LED bulbs for your home come in colors from white to blue to yellow, and everything in between. For a nice warm LED light bulb, look for a 2,700 Kelvin bulb. That refers to the light output of the bulb. A 3,000 Kelvin bulb will be whiter and anything above that will look too sterile for a living room. The color is up to you, but 2,700 - 3,000 Kelvin is a good place to look.
Another great thing about LED light bulbs is that they run cool to the touch. You can leave these lights on all day and they don’t heat up. That means your home won’t get the extra heat in the summer either, saving you money on cooling. In addition to that, the lifespan of a typical LED light bulb is 20,000 hours or more. That means a single bulb will last you for years and years. In fact, if you run a light for 4 hours every day you are likely to get 15 years or more from each bulb. Now the initial cost doesn’t seem all that high does it?
Unlike other bulbs, there is no mercury in LED bulbs, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking. In fact, you will notice right away that the LED light bulb seems thicker and more durable than any bulbs you have seen before.
If you are worried about taking the plunge, don’t fret. Just start with one lamp in your home and see how you like it. My guess is you will be converting all of your lights to LED as time goes on, and saving more money on your monthly electric bill with each LED light bulb you add.