Listen up, friends. If you're still using incandescent light bulbs, it's time to consider making the switch to LED lighting. Light bulbs have come a long way in the past few years, and the light-emitting diode or LED is one of the most energy efficient options out there. You can start saving energy, and money on your monthly electricity bill once you switch your incandescent bulbs for LED's. The color rendering of a soft white LED bulb is similar to incandescent light, and much nicer than compact fluorescents aka CFL bulbs - which often cast a sickly bluish glow. I prefer the warm glow of a "soft white light" - look for a color temperature of 2700K and keep it consistent throughout your home. Keep reading to learn more about the cost savings and benefits of LED lighting:
While the upfront costs for LED bulbs are higher than incandescents, they result in significant savings over time. Plus, they last a really long time. I recently changed the bulbs in the light fixture above my dining table, and they should be good for around 22.8 years. That means I'll be in my 50's the next time I should have to change them!
A typical A-Shape Medium Base LED bulb can cost between $10-$20 depending on the wattage. But it will pay for itself in a few years with a reduced monthly electric bill. Based on a usage of 3 hours per day, a 15-watt LED bulb will cost only $1.81 per year to run versus $9.05 for a 75-watt incandescent. Since I recently switched 3 bulbs in the fixture above my dining table, I'll be saving around $21.72 per year. Not bad. Multiply that times 8 million people living in New York City, and that's a lot of money in potential energy savings!