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
Which room in your home do you plan to upgrade first?