LED Lights

Hello homeowners and future homeowners. It’s now officially spring! Of course, where I live the Spring Equinox doesn’t necessarily mean the end of cold weather. This is the time of year for spring cleaning, getting rid of the old and bringing in the new. My husband, Skip, is my go-to resource for this blog, and he suggested I write about LED lights.

O.K., LED lights it is. My first question was, what does LED mean? After doing my own research, here’s what I learned. Basically, in an LED lightbulb, an electrical current passes through a microchip and illuminates the tiny light sources called light-emitting diodes—LED.

An incandescent bulb produces light by using electricity to heat a metal filament until it becomes hot, but 90% of their energy is heat.  A CFL (compact fluorescent lighting) bulb is more efficient than an incandescent bulb but still nowhere near as efficient as an LED.

There it is. After reading the difference between LED and incandescent lightbulbs, why wouldn’t you switch? LED lightbulbs don’t waste energy producing heat and they don’t get dangerously hot. LED lightbulbs use far fewer watts, therefore reducing your electric bill. LED lightbulbs also last at least 5 times longer than incandescent lightbulbs. Yes, they are more expensive but you will ultimately save money.

 

You don’t have to replace your lightbulbs all at once. When a lightbulb burns out, replace it with an LED bulb. If you have light fixtures that have more than one lightbulb, replace them individually. What’s really cool is you can use higher watt lightbulbs than you normally would. For instance, many lamps will say not to use higher than 60 watts. That’s because of the heat an incandescent lightbulb emits. If you want more wattage, use an LED lightbulb.

A few things to be aware of. If you have lights on dimmers, make sure you purchase LED bulbs that are marked dimmable. Many LED bulbs come in 2 types of brightness, Daylight or Soft White. Daylight bulbs are great for laundry rooms, pantries or other rooms where there are no windows. The Soft White lights are better for your family rooms and bedrooms. Try them out. You’ll find out which light you light the best.

Finally, contact your local electric company to see if they have an LED promotional plan. We received 6 free LED bulbs from our local electric company. For those of you who are concerned about the environment, LED bulbs reduce our carbon footprint. You know what Skip likes the most about LED bulbs?  He doesn’t have to change lightbulbs as often.

SYNOPSIS

  • LED lightbulbs produce 90% less heat than an incandescent bulb.
  • LED bulbs last at least 5 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
  • You can use higher wattage LED bulbs because they don’t produce as much heat.
  • There are 2 types of brightness in LED bulbs, Daylight and Soft White.
  • Make sure the LED bulbs are marked dimmable if using with a dimmer switch.
  • Contact your local electric company to see if they have an LED program.