When LED lighting first arrived on the market it was an effective energy-efficient alternative to other lighting. It was also a costly one. Residential LED lighting is now more affordable, to the point where you should strongly consider investing in LED upgrades for your home. The following are a few ways that LED lighting upgrades can help to reduce your home’s energy use:
- LED lighting uses less energy— Compared to traditional incandescent bulbs that many residential homes use, LED lights that are qualified by Energy Star (a program that rates how a product meets or exceeds the energy efficiency standards set by the EPA), use only 20 to 25 percent as much energy. Compared to halogen incandescent lights, LED lighting only uses around 25 to 30 percent as much energy. By replacing all of your incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs, you could save hundreds of dollars in energy costs a year.
- LED lighting is higher quality – LED lighting is higher quality lighting, especially when it comes to task lighting. With older lighting, you may need to turn on several light sources to get the light you need; with LED lighting, one light often will be enough.
- LED lighting gives off less heat – Older light bulbs give off heat when they are on. LED lights don’t emit nearly as much heat. Not only do LED lights not waste any of the energy they use, but they are not contributing to the heat in your home. This means that your air conditioner won’t have to use more energy to cool your home properly.
- LED lighting lasts longer – Traditional incandescent bulbs last around 1,000 to 2,000 hours tops, whereas LED lights can last for 50,000 hours depending on the model. While longer lasting bulbs don’t necessarily save you energy in the home, they are more environmentally-friendly. After all, you’ll be buying way fewer replacement bulbs, which means you’ll be contributing less to the energy it requires to manufacture them.
Upgrading your home with LED lighting can help to significantly cut down on your energy use, which is especially helpful during the winters when you’ll be using your lighting more as the days grow shorter. If you’re interested in upgrading your residential lighting, be sure to contact us at Corbin Electrical Services to schedule an appointment today.