You might be wondering whether it’s worth the extra up-front cost to purchase LED light bulbs during your home build or remodel (or even if your just replacing a burned out bulb). They might be a bit more expensive than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs, but there are a number of benefits to using energy-efficient LED lighting. Here are five great reasons to make an illuminated choice.
1. Energy Efficiency
Arguably the biggest and most-touted benefit of LED light bulbs is that they’re significantly more energy-efficient than traditional bulbs. According to the Consumer Energy Alliance, LEDs are 90% more efficient than incandescent light bulbs and 80% more efficient than fluorescent products. Energy efficient lighting translates into big savings. The Consumer Federation of America reports that an average household with 20 lights could save more than $1,000 over the course of 10 years by using LED bulbs instead of traditional alternatives.
2. Longer Lifespan
Besides the fact that LED bulbs use energy more efficiently, they also last much longer than incandescent bulbs… 25 times longer, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The generally rule of thumb is that when used for eight hours a day, an LED bulb will last around 20 years.
3. Color Changing
Does you enjoy being stuck with the stark, unwelcoming light emitted by fluorescent bulbs? Or the yellow hue of incandescent fixtures? One of the most appealing aspects of LED bulbs is that they can change colors. Certain products can be adjusted to any shade of white light – cool, neutral, or warm – while others go even further and can be set to any color of the rainbow. These adjustable LED light bulbs are perfect for home theaters, bedrooms, bathrooms, or anywhere else that needs a change in atmosphere.
4. More Durable
LED light bulbs are actually more durable than other styles of bulbs because they’re usually not made from glass. The Department of Energy explains that LED bulbs are typically made from epoxy lenses instead, which are more resistant to breakage.
5. More Focused Light
Traditional bulbs emit light in every direction, which often means that reflectors are needed to direct the illumination where it needs to go. LEDs, on the other hand, are generally designed to focus their light in one direction, so no reflectors are needed. For this reason, LED bulbs are a better choice for recessed ceiling lights, as well as task lights in the kitchen and office.
*Some content sourced from the Toll Brothers Build Beautiful Blog
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