LED lights for homes are the coming rage! As we progress further into the 21st Century, a common theme playing out everywhere is that energy costs are rising. How can you fight against these pressures on your wallet? You can push back against rising energy costs by lowering your home energy use. LED light bulbs are one of the newer technologies designed to help lower your energy consumption. LED light bulbs use around 84% less energy than equivalent incandescent light bulbs, and 35% less power than comparative compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. A 60-watt equivalent LED bulb consumes about 9-watts of power. Likewise, a 100-watt equivalent LED bulb consumes about 16-watts of power. Equivalent (60/100-watt) CFL bulbs use roughly 14 and 22-watts, respectively. Since up to about 15% of the average power bill is devoted to lighting, a $300 monthly power bill means roughly $45 was spent for lighting. Equipping your home with LED light bulbs could result in notable power savings, which will reduce your lighting consumption, and ultimately lower your energy costs.
The price of LED light bulbs can give buyers sticker-shock. Prices have been falling, however. Some of the more expensive LED bulbs can cost $50.00 or more, but many can now be found priced under $20.00. Once found mostly at specialty websites, LED lights for homes can now be purchased competitively from many well-known retail outlets, and many online retailers. We have already discussed the energy savings from using LED light bulbs; significant savings also comes from LED bulbs being built to last. The enemy of the incandescent light bulb is the waste heat produced by the filament, which eventually burns the light out. Because LED bulbs use less power, they produce less heat—and most LED bulbs come equipped with a heat sink to help dissipate it. Whereas incandescent bulbs might last about 2,500 hours before burning out, LED bulbs last up to 30,000 hours. These savings will eventually offset the higher purchase price of the LED light bulbs. Once they pay for themselves from their reduced energy consumption, LED bulbs will keep working for several more years, delivering savings all along the way.
LED light bulbs have less impact on the environment than other types of light bulbs. Since they last much longer than ordinary light bulbs, fewer of them might ultimately wind up in waste streams. LED light bulbs do not contain mercury, which is a proven concern with CFL bulbs and fluorescent tubes. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, wholesale adoption of LED lighting in the U.S. by 2027 could: (1) deliver nationwide savings of about $265 billion; (2) reduce the need for new power plants by 40; and (3) reduce electricity demand by 33%. So, from environmental and energy-savings standpoint, LED lights for homes are a definite winner!