How LED Light Bulbs Can Save You Time and Money
It happens to everyone. That light bulb you just replaced six months ago has burned out again, and when you go to the store to buy a replacement, you’re faced with an entire aisle of options. Incandescents, LED’s, halogens, and CFL’s are all common household light bulbs that come in several shapes, sizes and watts. With so many factors and choices, it’s no wonder that choosing a light bulb can cost you both time and money. Despite rumors that the more expensive LED light bulbs use less energy and last longer, the popular choice for most homeowners is the bulb with the most affordable economic value at the time of purchase.
You Get What You Pay For with Light Bulbs
Along with so many other elements, it’s important to consider whether or not you’ll actually save money by purchasing a $25 light bulb. General incandescents have proven to be inefficient solutions because most of the energy they consume goes directly into heating the bulb rather than emitting light.
These bulbs may appear to be more affordable up front, but they can cost you so much more in replacements and energy costs. Incandescents use up to five times as many watts for the same number of lumens as an LED bulb.
The cost of lighting your home is typically 20%-30% of your electric bill. LED bulbs can save you time and money, because replacing incandescents with these energy saving products can save you about $10 every year.
That seems like a small amount, but when you factor in the lifespan of LED light bulbs, which is five times as many hours as traditional incandescents, you’ll be pleased to find that neglecting to switch from incandescent bulbs could cost you four times more than LED bulbs will over a timeline of fifteen years.
LED bulbs are proven to save energy, so making the switch will save you money in the long run, while saving you time at the store when you’re faced with a plethora of lighting options, because the choice is simple. Whether you’re using regular light bulbs, string lights, rope lights or something else, know how the lights you use can save you time and money, and put them to the test in your home.