I’ve heard it said that “every little bit helps.” This is definitely true with all the subtle, simple energy-conscious decision you can make in your home. A great place to consider starting is replacing all of your old, energy-consuming light bulbs with high quality, energy-efficient light bulbs.
The newer LED bulbs use less electricity, product less heat and have a superior life span. The only drawback, still, is the fact that cost is still a bit high, and likely the only reason most people have not completely switched over.
If you want all the details about great strategies to employ and reasons why you should consider replacing with LED lights, contact a licensed electrician like McCauley Electrical.
It is a fact that LED lightbulbs produce far more light than CFL or incandescent bulbs, while using less electricity.
Many homes in the Capital Region are outfitted with recessed lighting. Those bulbs use a lot of electricity and produce significant heat. This would be an ideal place to consider starting the process of converting over to LED lights. What many people are not aware of is there are what’s called ‘retrofit kits.’ They are a simple light trim package that is designed to convert the recessed cans for CFL or incandescent light bulbs into ones that work with LED bulbs. The thing about LEDs is they don’t use gas or filament to make light. Instead, they use semiconductor circuit chips that allow them to last years longer than other, less technologically-advanced bulbs.
Here are a handful of ways that LED lights outperform CFL or incandescent bulbs.
1) Energy efficiency – LEDs can product the same amount of light as CFL or incandescent bulbs but use less electricity. Light is measured in lumens. To produce, as an example, 1100 lumens, an LED bulbs uses 15 watts, a CFL uses 25 wats and an incandescent uses 75 watts. The decision to go with LED over other options is very obvious.
2) Price – while LEDs have been around for quite a while, pricing early on made it very difficult to consider purchasing. The great thing today is that the pricing for LEDs have come down significantly and are fairly competitively-priced.
3) Light quality – this is extremely important to most people. The quality or color of the light can make for a very inviting experience or a dull one. LEDs vary in a full spectrum of color temperatures: from warm white to cool white (3000k to 4900k). Most people will likely stick with 2700k as that color closely mimics traditional incandescent bulbs that people typically like in their homes.
4) Lifespan – CFLs last on average 10,000 hours, incandescent lights last 1000 hours and LED’s last 25,000 hours. The amazing thing is a good quality LED bulb can last up to 10 years!!!
5) Dimming ability – there are special dimmers specifically for LED bulbs.
Clearly, LEDs are the future. If you are considering making changes that require electrical modifications or upgrades, be sure to contact a qualified, licensed electrician in Albany.