You’re considering making the switch from energy zapping CFL bulbs to low energy LED lights. Switching to LED doesn’t have to all be done at once. If the high price tag per bulb is a deterrent, consider upgrading one room at a time.
Advantages of LED
LEDs have more lumens per watt, providing a higher light output using less energy, resulting in significant energy savings over the bulb’s lifetime. LED light bulbs have an instant turn on. They produce less heat than incandescent, CFL and halogen light bulbs.
LED light bulbs are available in all shapes and sizes. There are LED light bulbs for every application and setting. Whether you’re looking to replace A19s, globes, reflectors or chandelier bulbs there are a variety of LED options for you to choose from. Many LED bulbs have dimming capabilities as well for areas where you want to install dimmers.
Where Should You Start?
Begin with replacing the bulbs in the rooms in your home that are used most often. Dining rooms and livings rooms are high traffic rooms and the lights are on in those rooms the most. By switching your dining room and living room lights to LED, it will greatly reduce the amount of energy used in your home.
Next move on to areas where the light fixtures are difficult to reach. Kitchen lighting most often uses can lights or recessed lighting. Replacing the bulbs with LED means that you have to get up on a ladder to switch the bulbs out less often. That coupled with a kitchen being the next highly trafficked area of the home make it a great second choice to upgrade to LED.
Improve your task lighting with LED lighting. LED bulbs produce a clean bright light which is ideal for task lighting. Consider replacing the light in your kitchen workspace and desk. It will help reduce the strain on your eyes by providing bright and clear lighting.
Upgrade your outdoor flood lights. Halogen bulbs have been the mainstay of outdoor security lighting, but these light bulbs produce an intense amount of heat and tend to burn out fairly quickly. By replacing these bulbs with LED, which use less energy, it makes being able to leave them on all night a more sustainable solution. They also won’t need to be replaced as often, which is great since this is another hard to reach area.
Switch your accent lighting with LED light bulbs. Another benefit of LED bulbs is that they are available in very small sizes. This allows them to be inconspicuous which is ideal for lighting a piece of artwork, a painting or an architectural detail in your home. The clean light of LEDs presents the artwork as naturally as possible.
The next time a bulb burns out in your home, instead of replacing it another CFL, bring down your energy bill by buying an LED light bulb.
Which room in your home do you plan to upgrade first?