LED bulbs are the latest and greatest, but are they really worth it? The answer is a resounding YES! They are more than worth it for a variety of reasons, five to be exact!
A little background information:
We have a total of 47 regular bulbs in and around our house (this includes the front and back porch lights). This does not include the three high hat bulbs in the kitchen (they are special dimmable bulbs).
In the dining room and the basement my husband replaced the dimmer switches with regular switches so we could use regular bulbs. This saved us money because purchasing dimmable bulbs is generally more expensive and we really didn't need the dimmers in those locations anyway.
We use 40-Watt (equivalent) bulbs (warm in color) in all locations in and around the house (There never seemed to be any reason to use more than that and it was cost efficient to use less Watts.).
What this means in terms of kWh's:
A 40-Watt incandescent bulb uses 40 Watts for every hour it is turned on. According to the EPA lights are turned on for an average of 3 hours per day (When shopping for bulbs you should notice that most of them are rated for a daily use of 2 or 3 hours).
40 Watts x 3 hours/day x 47 bulbs = 5,640 Watts used on average every day!
Convert that to kWh (that is what is on your bill) by dividing by 1,000 and that works out to approximately 5.64 kWh per day or about 2,059 kWh per year!
Obviously this is only an average because nobody leaves all of their lights on for 3 hours a day. Some are actually on for more (such as in the kitchen or living room) and some are only used as needed (such as in the bathroom). However, when all the lights in a home are taken into account, it is actually a fair estimate because don't forget that depending upon where you live the lights are used a lot more in the winter than in the summer!
At this point it should be obvious that if you are still using incandescent bulbs you should change them NOW because you are literally throwing money away.
Even if you are currently using CFL's it's still 33% more cost effective to convert to LED's!
It is also HEALTHIER for you and your family to use LED's instead of CFL's.
Convinced yet? OK, heres more:
Change just a few bulbs for now. Even if you just switch out the bulbs in the most commonly used room(s) in the house (for us it's the living room and kitchen), you can save money!
Example: We have 6 bulbs between the living room and the kitchen and they definitely stay on for at least 5 hours every day.
At this point, if you are not 100% convinced that switching to LED's will save you money and be healthier for you and your family, then I have one last reason: THE ENVIRONMENT!
OK, enough said. I think you get the picture.
SUMMARY OF FIVE REASONS TO SWITCH TO LED'S NOW:
LED's are a WIN WIN:-)
SOME POINTERS WHEN PURCHASING:
Read more about choosing and purchasing the right lighting and light bulbs at ENERGY STAR.
Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life blog. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!