By now, most of us are aware that incandescent lightbulbs are a thing of the past. Short-lived and energy-wasting, incandescents eat up far more than their fair share of a household's power and needlessly inflate energy bills for those who use them (studies estimate that 25% of the average home's energy cost comes from electric lighting). However, some consumers are hesitant to make the switch to more energy efficient forms of lighting. LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs are one of these forms, and if this list of benefits doesn't convince you to switch your lighting strategy, nothing will:
- LED bulbs last longer. Ten times longer than compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, to be exact, and many, many times longer than incandescents.
- They provide significant energy savings. Although LED bulbs can be more expensive than CFLs and incandescent bulbs up front, this cost difference is easily made up and exceeded in energy savings over the life of the bulb.
- They are durable. LED bulbs are more solidly made than CFLs and incandescents, and can be transported easily since they don't contain a filament that is vulnerable to breaking due to jostling around during a move.
- They stay cool. Even after a long period of use, LED bulbs stay much cooler than other bulbs. This prevents the release of extra heat into a room, keeping air conditioning costs down during the summer months.
- They come in many colors. Although the most popular color for LED bulbs is white, red and green LED lighting are popular with pilots and the military for their night vision effects, and blue LED lighting is particularly easy on the eyes for reading and other detailed tasks.
To schedule an energy audit and find out how your home's energy use could be reduced by installing LED bulbs, contact Alban Inspections today.