We recently reported on the Washington State Department of Transportation's decision to replace highway lighting on US 101 west of Olympia with LED bulbs. According to a March 14 article from Washington news source The Columbian, this is just one of the many example of business and cities that recognize the advantages of this particular energy-efficient upgrade.
When it comes to commercial buildings and street and highway lights, the initial cost of implementing LED bulbs is offset by a significant return on the investment, states the source. Not only do these fixtures consume less energy, but they also adapt better to outdoor temperature changes and moisture. The benefits don't end there, though. These special lamps are designed to direct the light downward toward the ground so it doesn't interfere with astronomy centers, wildlife and local residences.
"Well-designed LED lamps shine light where you want it and not in bedroom windows or other places you don't," said commercial lighting account representative David Yang.
The LED bulbs that are currently available for businesses and highways can reduce power costs by a whopping 50 to 70 percent and cut back on the need for maintenance and repairs, as these lights are known for having a more robust lifespan than their incandescent or compact-florescent alternatives.
According to Energy Star, homeowners who convert to LED bulbs – which last 35 to 50 times longer than other common household lighting – spend up to 75 percent less on their monthly electricity bills. If you're interested in learning about how this and other energy-efficient upgrades can help you switch to a more eco-friendly and cost-effective lifestyle, contact a home inspection contractor. They can perform an energy audit and help you determine how to get started.