Greening Your Home: Why you should chose LED Light Bulbs

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Greening Your Home: Why you should chose LED Light Bulbs

March 08, 2016 - 09:51
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LED Light bulbs are expensive - but last for ever and save you money in the long run.

LED Light Bulbs

LED Light Bulbs are growing in popularity in the US and across the world for a number of reasons, but chiefly because they last a very long time and over the long haul save you money. A recent piece on Vox.com discussed this in detail, the writer bought 26 bulbs (in order to replace each one in his house). Although this was a significant onetime expense over time the bulbs last they are projected to save him hundreds of dollars in utility bills. The full text of that piece, with some purchase recommendations can be found here.

At LifeHomeLiving as we have noted in other pieces, we are big fans of items that pull double duty or that have multiple benefits. The energy saved is most often what people come back to with LED bulbs because money talks. One of the less discussed benefits is the lifespan of these bulbs - often touching 10+ years. This means if you have high ceilings, difficult to reach outside lights, or generally any set up that makes bulbs difficult to change you can nearly avoid this hassle completely.

Now while that convince is no doubt nice, the meat of the benefits with these bulbs is the money that save you. While the upfront is no question more expensive than other light bulb options on the market, when you look deeper a different picture emerges. In order to get the same lifespan as an LED (up to 50,000 hours) you'd have to buy 5 compact fluorescent bulbs, or frighteningly as many as 30 incandescent bulbs. The sheer number of bulbs you'd have to buy to get the same longevity eliminated the unit cost savings of those other products completely. From there we move on to the saved energy which for a LED Light bulb vs. a CFL is ~30%. Or for an LED vs. Incandescent saving are as much as 80%. When you add it all up you are talking about savings that can approach $100 a year for an average household.