How Cool LED Lights could save you a lot of Money
When it comes to living a thrifty life attention to detail matters. There is little point in taking the time to switch electricity suppliers if you are not also going to control how much power you consume.
Little changes can make a huge difference. For example, did you know that if you were to buy LED bulbs from LED Hut or a similar retailer you could knock up to £100 off your electric bill? That is a stunning amount of money and sounds very much like a pipedream. But, once you start looking at the facts it soon becomes clear why LEDs are such an efficient way to light your home. Read on, and I will endeavour to explain.
LEDs do not run hot
LEDs are up to 90% more efficient than other forms of light bulb. In other words, they turn more of the energy that is used to power them into light than other bulbs do.
This means that far less energy is wasted when you use them for your lighting. Both incandescent and halogen bulbs generate light through heat. They work well, but around 90% of the energy they use is wasted by generating heat. This is the main reason the power bills of a home using these bulbs rather than LEDs is higher. Even fluorescent light bulbs waste about 30% of the energy used to power them by generating unnecessary heat. This is the case for both strip lighting and CFLs.
Plus, in the summer months, this heat radiates into the room causing it to warm up. This can mean that you have to switch on fans and air-conditioning to counter this heat build-up. Naturally, the net result of this is a slightly higher electricity bill for you.
LEDs last longer
The other way LEDs potentially save you money is that you do not have to change them as often. How long depends on the type you buy and whether they have been made by a reputable manufacturer. But, let´s look at an example to give you a better understanding of how much longer they last.
These days you can easily buy LEDs that have a rated life of 50,000 hours. If you were to use one of these bulbs in a room for 12 hours a day it would last around 11 years. Whereas, if you were to use CFLs instead, during those same 11 years you would need to replace the bulb about 9 times. If you chose incandescent bulbs instead, you would have had to purchase around 50 of them to keep the lights on. Halogen bulbs are a bit better; you would have only needed to buy about 23 of them.
LEDs bulbs are still more expensive to buy, but the cost has dropped drastically in the past few years. They are now 90% cheaper than they were when they were first introduced. The fact that they are so much more efficient means that these bulbs pay for themselves extremely quickly. Plus, the fact that you do not have to replace them so often saves you a lot of money.
Hopefully, the above has got you thinking and you better understand the potential benefits of switching to LED lighting. If you would like a bit more information I suggest you read this article. It is quite in-depth but is written in a way that is easy to understand.