As homeowners, we understand the importance of cost-saving solutions. The Internet is filled with numerous money saving tips, from temperature automation and scheduled repairs to hiring qualified contractors. Each of these tips not only make your life easier but ensure you save money in the long run.
As such, one of the best ways to put more money in the bank is by being conscious of your energy bills. Being able to reduce the energy bill means protecting your investment and keeping your family safe. All it takes are some energy-conserving outlets; namely, your home’s light bulbs.
Your light bulbs are more than just a source of illumination. If done right, they can enhance the overall aesthetic of the house, and more importantly, help save you money. But with some many options available, which type of bulb is right for your home? If you’re still undecided about which light bulb technology to choose, consider LED fixtures.
Their energy efficiency helps you save money and the environment. Still not convinced? Here are the top five benefits of using LED light bulbs.
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LED, or light emitting diode, is an energy efficient lighting technology that is currently being underutilized in home’s today. Residential LEDs, those that are ENERGY STAR rated or similar use nearly 80% less energy. This means that an LED bulb, when compared to an incandescent light bulb, is six or seven times more energy efficient.
While they cost a little more than their residential counterparts, their energy-efficiency and impressive longevity mean they cost less to operate. This more than makes up for the initial cost and saves you money over the lifespan of the bulb.
Unlike incandescent light bulbs which use filaments to illuminate your home, LED lights use a semiconductor chip to operate. This means less heat is emitted from the bulb, saving far more energy. A good-quality LED bulb will last your family for years.
On average, an LED bulb lasts for 50,000 hours. In an average house, where lights are powered on for 8 hours per day, the average LED bulb will last nearly 17 years. This is approximately 20 times longer than a conventional light bulb. This means less maintenance on the house and fewer trips to the home renovation store for new bulbs.
3. Durability and safety
LED bulbs are made from stronger material than those found in incandescent light bulbs and their equivalent counterparts. In particular, LEDs are made from epoxy lenses, and the housing of LED fixtures is commonly made up of aluminum.
And unlike compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, LEDs do not contain mercury. They don’t emit the same UV radiation leakage that can come from a conventional incandescent bulb. LEDs are an eco-friendly solution that reduces your carbon footprint while keeping your family safe.
4. Design flexibility
The rapid development of LEDs means that homeowners are spoilt for choice when it comes to utilizing LED bulbs throughout their home.
LED lights are ideal for any space throughout the home. This small and directional design means they can fit in spaces traditional bulbs can’t. This includes spaces such as under cabinets and drawers. And even as decorative lights for accent pieces such as picture frames, vanity mirrors, and entertainment centers.
5. Future uses
As LED lighting continues to make inroads in both residential and commercial properties, expect to see this highly efficient technology become utilized in more applications. At present, LED lighting is being employed throughout many commercial industries; from automotive to architecture.
As more people adopt LED technology, interchangeability will play an important factor. Particularly in years to come. LED lighting companies must continue to meet consumer demands. Economies of scale and technical advances will play a role in determining the potential impact LED technology has.
The future is bright with LEDs. Its efficiency, longevity, and quality of light have significantly changed the lighting industry in recent years. As it continues to gain acceptance by consumers and the technology matures, expect to see LED technology make further significant changes.
Ajay Awtaney is co-founder of Nakashi General Trading LLC, an electrical lighting company in Dubai catering to the needs of clients and projects requiring quality lighting products and solutions. Nakashi General Trading LLC today is an approved vendor of reputable organisations (Jumeirah, Engineering Office, Meraas, Musanadah and Thumbay, to name a few) for supplying lighting products.