For many years, the only options for home lighting were incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. However, new technology and a focus on energy-efficiency mean you now have a variety of styles and types of high-quality lighting to choose from. It can be a bit confusing, so the team at Jeremy Electrical, Heating & Cooling is breaking it down for you.
Go Green with LED
If you thought you didn’t like LED lights, it’s time to try them again. The first types of LED lighting produced a blue-white glow that many consumers found unappealing, but new styles of LED lighting create a golden glow that offers a beautiful look for ambient home lighting. As a preferred product in the lighting industry, LED lighting looks great while also saving energy and providing you with significant savings on your electric bills.
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The Lighting Contenders
Incandescent lighting (the kind we all grew up with) creates a great deal of heat and uses far more energy than modern LED lighting. (Sorry Thomas Edison). Fluorescent lights – including compact fluorescent bulbs – provide light at cool temperatures, but they create a harsh blue-white glow and take a minute or so to warm up to optimum lighting levels. This warm-up period can be annoying to some homeowners.
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Cost Benefits of LED Lighting
According to a study done at the University of Hawaii on the cost benefits of LED lights, incandescents and CFLs (lasting 1,200hrs and 8,000hrs respectively) simply won’t last as long as their LED counterparts (which can last as long as 50,000hrs). But to really see the difference, look at it over an extended period of time. Here are the real costs of purchasing, using (and replacing) all three types of light bulbs over a ten year period (from lowest to highest):
- LED – $31.43
- CFL – $52.31
- Incandescent – $236.07
Other Benefits of LED Lighting
LED bulbs are just as responsive as incandescent lighting, and they offer an environmentally friendly alternative to the light bulbs of the past. LED bulbs also offer longevity, and they will not require frequent replacement like incandescent light bulbs. Reducing waste in landfills is one more environmentally friendly aspect of using energy-efficient LED lighting throughout your home. Additionally, it is convenient to know that you can rely on long-lasting LED light bulbs to require very little ongoing effort or maintenance.
For all of these reasons, the team at Jeremy Electrical, Heating & Cooling, recommends replacing all of the light bulbs in your home with LED lighting. Once you do, you won’t be changing light bulbs for a long, long time!