Light Emitting Diodes (LED) have been available to the consumer for a few years now and can really add to up to big energy savings. We will explore some of the many benefits of LED lighting and I will explain why LED lighting is the only choice for me.
As a licensed electrician, I had watched the development of LEDs over the past 20 years. I couldn't wait to get my hands on them but found that they were expensive. Over the years, LEDs have come down in price and have broadened their marketability by adding many different lighting temperatures to their spectrum. There are many different lighting "colors" (temperatures) available today, 4100K for example. There are also many different light output (Lumen) levels and hundreds of bulb styles available.
Several years ago, when CFL (curly Q) bulbs began replacing incandescent bulbs, many people were not happy with the inability to have instant light when they turned on a switch, LEDs do not have this issue. Most LEDs on the market today are also dimmable, only a few, very expensive CFL (Compact Flourescent Light) bulbs are dimmable. Adding dimming switches to the home lighting scheme allows for the adjustment of light output levels that help the overall feeling and comfort of a room.
LED lighting in comparison to incandescent and CFL lighting, greatly reduces the amount of waste in landfills and the release of harmful chemicals into the environment. LED lights have a life of up to 50 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb, this reduces the amount of glass and metals in landfills. CFL bulbs do last a little longer than incandescent bulbs, however, CFL bulbs have harmful chemicals and gases with in them that can be harmful to people and the environment.
One of the major reasons that I am so in love with LEDs is the fact that LEDs are available in so many different light temperatures (tones). Your home is your refuge and lighting plays a giant role in the way you feel as well as the functionality of the rooms with in the home. I personally prefer to use "Daylight" LEDs in my kitchen and dining room because they put out light in the same spectrum as the sun and allow you to see the food you are preparing in a clear, white light. I prefer the use of "warm white" LEDs in my living room because they give the room the classic, comfortable feel of the old style "yellow" incandescent bulbs. Add some dimming switches and you are in complete control of your lighting scheme.
Modern LEDs come in many different color varities, base sizes and styles. There is a LED for any application. LEDs can be used as mood lights, utility lights, undercounter lights, landscaping accents, you name it. There are too many benefits to ignore.
Now let's talk about the savings and some of the confusing stuff. One 90 watt incandescent flood light bulb uses the same amount of electricity as four and a half 90 watt equivalent LED flood light bulbs. That means that you can light your entire kitchen with six 90 watt equivalent LED bulbs for the same price it costs to light your kitchen with roughly, just one and a half 90 watt incandescent light bulbs. This kind of math even i can do! We all like to save money!
Yes, LEDs do cost more up front than incandescent bulbs but remember, LEDs last more than 50 times longer, light instantly in comparison to CFL bulbs, light in just about any environmental temperature, create less waste and come in hundreds of different styles, sizes, and colors.
Go Green, Go LED! and you may never change a light bulb again!