Why Are LEDs More Efficient?
Years ago, switching from incandescent bulbs to LED (light emitting diode) lights would have been an investment many households could not make. However, changing prices and wider acceptance have made LEDs the bulb of choice for many families in the Front Range.
One of the biggest advantages of LED lighting is energy efficiency, but the benefits don’t end there. Keep reading for more information on why LEDs are better for you, your home, and the environment.
If you have any questions about residential LED lighting, please don’t hesitate to contact REenergizeCO today. Our offices in Denver and Fort Collins serve the entire Front Range area.
Energy Efficiency with LED Bulbs
Anyone who has handled an incandescent or fluorescent light bulb while it is activated or shortly after turning off the lights knows that the bulb is hot to the touch. That is because these bulbs produce a majority of their energy as heat, not light.
LEDs are better, on the other hand, in producing very little heat in order to light your home. As a result, the energy they consume is primarily devoted to their intended purpose: lighting, not heating.
In addition, LEDs are designed to use less energy than their counterparts. When fixtures require less power, your home energy consumption goes down and your energy efficiency increases!
As more people make the switch to LED lighting, the energy efficiency has a broader effect. Emissions from power plants decrease when less energy has to be delivered to customers’ homes.
So, with energy-efficient LED lighting, you draw less power from the grid, which in turn reduces the demand for energy in your community – as well as the negative environmental impacts of delivering that energy.
Fewer Light Bulb Changes
Everyone knows the joke that starts “How many [people] does it take to screw in a light bulb?” With LED lights bulbs, the answer is one. And, depending on how long you live in the same house, you may only have to do it one time.
Depending on usage, LED bulbs can last up to 20 years. Compare this to fluorescent lights, which may last up to 5 years, and incandescent light bulbs, which can typically withstand only a few years of average household use.
By having to buy fewer light bulbs and consuming less energy, LED lights save you money in the long run. They are also better for the planet, as your household will produce less waste in the form of burned out light bulbs that you put in the garbage.
Another benefit to why LED lights are better is the efficiency of the lighting itself. Instead of distributing light in all directions like other bulbs, LEDs shine light in a particular direction. By positioning the LEDs properly, you can light the rooms in your home with fewer bulbs.
This not only saves you money, but the need for fewer light bulbs decreases the production demand. As a result, manufacturers don’t have to produce as many bulbs to maintain supply, which also uses less power and reduces the overall environmental impact.
LEDs also have the edge in health and environmental safety over compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), another energy-efficient form of lighting. LED bulbs emit almost no ultraviolet light, and they do not contain mercury and other hazardous chemicals. For CFLs, these are both significant health and safety concerns.
Impact on Your Energy Bill
At REenergizeCO, we support homeowners’ strides to be environmentally friendly. However, we recognize that any energy solution is only as good as the dollars-and-cents impact it has on how people power their homes.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, widespread adoption of LED lighting by the year 2027 could save homeowners $30 billion in energy costs. This is an impressive number, but what savings can you expect by adopting LED lighting in your household?
ENERGY STAR-certified LED light bulbs use 75 percent to 80 percent less energy than incandescent lighting. In addition to monthly energy savings, your utility may offer rebates and discounts on LED bulbs.
For example, Xcel Energy offers bonus discounts on LED light bulb packs at participating stores. This program can save you up to 95 percent on bulbs.
View our pricing guide to what you can expect to pay for LED light bulbs.
To get the most from LED lights, it may be necessary to invest in energy-efficient appliances and fixtures as well. After all, LED bulbs can only do so much in terms of savings if the light source requires a lot of energy to run.
Contact REenergizeCO for All of Your Colorado Home LED Lighting Needs
LED lighting has a number of benefits, but it is common for homeowners to have questions before making the switch. Whether you are wondering about cost or want to know how LED light bulbs can save you money on your home energy bill, the team at REenergizeCO is here to help!
Please contact REenergizeCO for more information about better LED lighting and other energy savings solutions. We serve Denver, Fort Collins, and the entire Front Range.