Switch to LED Home Lighting: Get Rid of CFL Once and For All
At times, a lot of us feel that the current home lighting that we are used to is not satisfactory. The reason could be anything, like, the color of the light remains the same throughout the home or we don’t have control over the brightness.
Power bills get expensive too.
We are draining more money on light bulbs that require regular maintenance checks throughout the short lifespan they have.
Now, what is the solution?
According to the report by Statista, more than 50% of the US households have already found the solution and moved towards LED Lights.
They are very satisfied with it.
If you’re not one of the 50% we discussed above then this blog post is for you.
What’s Holding You Back from Switching your home lighting to LED Light Bulbs?
After having discussions with many homeowners on why they are apprehensive about making the switch from CFL bulbs (or incandescent light bulbs) to LED bulbs, we compiled 4 simple reasons that are stopping them from doing so:
- Higher initial costs of LED Lighting
- LED light bulb Installation process seems fussy
- They are satisfied with the current home lighting
- They don't know the advantages of LED light bulbs
The reasons many homeowners give us for not switching to LED home lighting are actually too vague. When you really look at the benefits LED lighting technology offers (which we’ll talk about in this blog), you’ll be amazed.
Now that you know the reasons why people (like you) resist switching to LED Lights, let’s see how the advantages of LED lights help you overcome them.
Why Should You Switch to LED Light Bulbs?
It always seems impossible until it’s done - Nelson Mandela
LED lighting can save more energy than ever before
While you use a 60W incandescent bulb to light up a room, you can achieve the same light brightness using a 9W LED bulb.
Let’s say you replace 40 incandescent bulbs of 40W with LED bulbs of 9W at your home. It would give you a straight number for which you don’t have to pay -- 1240 W.
This infographics below, sourced from bchydro gives us an insight on the energy-efficiency of LED bulbs as compared to the incandescent bulb, halogen bulb, and CFL.
So you see, when your bulbs draw less energy, it will show up on your electricity bills too.
You don't have to worry about spending much on your power bills
According to research conducted by Energy Star, The average U.S. household has more than 40 sockets for light bulbs, ranging from table lamps to ceiling fixtures. Larger homes can have even more.
Lighting accounts for about 20% of annual household electricity bills or approximately $200 per year.
If you replace all your light fixtures from traditional incandescent or CFL to LED, the above calculations show that you will be able to save a lot of money within first one year of the change.
Operating costs of LEDs, as the infographic clearly describes, are less than 1/5th of the energy consumed by traditional bulbs.
Aren’t they worth the effort?
Contribute to environment safety
At LEDMyplace, we are highly concerned about the eco-friendly quotient of products we manufacture and sell.
LED lights in themselves are eco-friendly because they do not contain mercury or other toxic elements.
When their long lifespan finally comes to an end, you can dispose of safely without worrying about the release of mercury in the environment.
Now that you may have decided to take the plunge to newer and better-LED lighting technology, there are several things you need to know before you finally switch.
5 Things You Should Know Before Switching From CFL to LED Home Lighting
LED fixtures are easy to install
You don’t really need to worry about changing all your existing fixtures with LED fixtures at one go. LED light bulbs are designed in such a way that they fit into the old fixtures without any complication.
The installation process is pretty easy once you get the knack of it.
Choose lighting color on your comfort
LED light bulbs are available in different CCTs (Correlated Color Temperatures) that offer different color ranges and are measured in Kelvin (K).
To give you an idea: Lower number of Kelvin imply yellow, warm light and a higher number of Kelvin refer to blue, cool light.
While incandescent bulbs are primarily yellow and CFLs are on the bluer side, you can choose different light colors for different spaces per your personal preference with LED tubes.
Your bedroom, let’s say, can now boast of a warm and cozy environment with yellow lights ON and when you enter the bathroom first thing every morning, you’d be welcomed with daylight white light that will transfer you from drowsy-mode to active-mode.
Highlight your wall paintings effortlessly
Now, understanding this is a bit difficult until you start using the LED bulbs. What’s it with incandescent bulbs is that they reflect light in every direction. You cannot really bring incandescent bulbs to focus in one direction.
LED bulbs can be directed in one particular direction for better focus. If, say, you want to have focus directed at a wall painting, an LED spot-light helps achieve the effect.
Control the brightness of LED lights
It is not all the times that you would want the light to work at its brightest. Many LEDs give you the freedom to play with the brightness to suit your various moods.
Note: Not all dimmers are compatible with the fixture. You might need to go through some trial and error to experience this functionality.
Buy once & cherish for a decade
LED light bulbs are estimated to last for more than 50,000 hours.
If you are wondering how can this be possible, read ahead. LEDs use around 80% less energy than your traditional bulb does.
This way, they don’t heat up much. The components don’t heat and burn and hence, longer lifespan.
A fairly new technology, LED lights are replacing the currently used fixtures fast. While they are expensive, they pay you back like a long-term investment does- slow but sure!
Have you replaced your home lighting with LED light bulbs? If no, what's holding you back?