It’s challenging to keep up with our ever-changing world. With advances in technology, it seems we’re often shifting gears with the products we use and learning new ways to reap the benefits of such advancements. The same can be said for the latest and greatest lighting technology, light emitting diode (LED). The benefits of LED light bulbs over incandescent lighting is rather compelling. Not only will they make your home more comfortable, their energy efficiency is significantly more economical.
Let’s shed some light on the advantages to LED lighting:
- Saving Money: While your out of pocket expense will be higher than purchasing incandescent bulbs, do not feel discouraged. Over time, you will notice a reduction in your monthly electric bill. Switching your lighting to LEDs will reduce electricity consumption from the lighting portion of your bill by 50% or more. So shelling out more cash at the store will actually put more money in your pocket in the long run.
- Bulb Life: LED bulbs last, on average, 50,000 hours. That’s approximately 50 times longer than an incandescent bulb. Less frequent bulb replacement calculates to less inconvenience and more savings! It is especially nice when bulbs are difficult to replace like in cathedral ceilings.
- Light Quality: The light quality of a LED bulb is measured by the CRI (Color Rendering Index). The higher the CRI, the more accurate colors are portrayed.
- Heat: We’ll spare you the technical, scientific explanation how LED bulbs dissipate heat, therefore maintaining a much cooler temperature than bulbs. This feature poses a lower risk of overheating and minimizes the potential for electrical fires.
- Safety: LED bulbs are constructed of epoxy lenses, as opposed to glass used for incandescent bulbs, therefore are sturdier and much more resistant to breakage.
LEDs come in a wide range of color temperatures. For home lighting, you might go with:
- “warm white” or “soft white” – These are color temperatures from 2700-3000K which produces a yellow hue, similar to incandescent lighting.
- “bright white” – These are color temperatures around 4000K which producing a whiter light, similar to daylight
One thing we love about the color options with LEDs is that you can really customize the look you want for your space. Choosing warmer or bright white change the look of your paint color, a backsplash in a kitchen, artwork on walls. The choice is yours.
Watts vs. Lumens:
Incandescent bulbs are measured in Watts. LED bulbs are measured in lumens. Wattage refers to the amount of energy used. Lumens indicate the amount of light emitted. The numbers are much different than what you’re used to so when you go to shop for LED bulbs you’ll want to keep this in mind. To help you better understand the conversion between watts and lumens, Energy Star provides us with this handy chart:
Things to consider:
- Not all light fixtures are equipped to handle LED lights. For instance, enclosed or recessed lights require LED bulbs specifically approved for such fixtures.
- If you have a dimmable light, be sure that both the fixture AND the light switch are compatible with LED bulbs. Often times you will need to upgrade the dimmer to have it work with a LED light. Some manufacturers will list specific dimmers that are compatible with their lights.
When your incandescent bulbs burn out, we hope you’ll consider converting to LEDs. Think of it as an investment in not only your future but in the future of our planet. If you’d like to see how these lights function and how the different colors can impact the look of a space, please feel free to stop by our design studio. We’re located at 321 East Falmouth Highway in East Falmouth, MA. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more content and blog posts on home maintenance and renovations.