It can often be really difficult to switch to more environmentally friendly practices because of the costs. Green technologies like electric cars or solar panels can be expensive, even if they save you money in the long term. However, when it comes to lightbulbs, one easy switch can start saving you money right away – making the change to LED lighting.
LED (which stands for ‘light-emitting diode’) lighting has numerous benefits, starting with the fact that bulbs can last for up to 30,000 hours! That means that you don’t have to replace these bulbs nearly as often as you would have to for classic halogen bulbs. This already starts saving you money, as well as time. Furthermore, because the bulbs last for so long, you won’t have to worry about electric problems that often arise in lower-quality lightbulbs.
The savings continue when it comes to the actual amount of electricity that each LED bulb burns to emit the same amount of light as a halogen bulb. In this aspect, LED bulbs are much more energy-efficient and thus can significantly cut down on your energy bill. According to the New Zealand Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA), LED bulbs are up to 80 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs and last more than 15 times longer. You can spend 40 to 85 percent less on your electricity bill, compared to fluorescent and incandescent equivalents.
Versatility of LED
One of the other great benefits of LED bulbs is how versatile they are; you can install them to replace most of the major light bulbs and light sources in your home including lamps, overhead lights, and porch lights. You don’t need to hire an electrician or do any kind of special wiring, as LED bulbs are compatible with most regular lamps and electrical hookups. You can just purchase the LED bulbs and start experiencing savings right away!
Some things to keep in mind when installing LED bulbs include the colour; you should match the colour of the bulb to the area that you are trying to light. For example, “warm whites” are better for areas where people gather, like bedrooms and lounges, while “cool white” is better for bathrooms and offices. LED bulbs are also more suited to areas where lights are often left on.