A Big Tip on How to Save Money With Lighting


While electricity was the last thing homeowners worried about in terms of living costs years ago, today lighting and power are a very real concern on people’s monthly bills. That has led to a lot of exploration on how to reduce home power bills yet still enjoy strong lighting and similar benefits from electricity.

One of the very modern ways towards reducing power costs but still enjoying strong lighting involves LED bulbs. They are incredibly versatile, producing strong illumination with the latest options, and they are available in different sizes from miniature bulbs for cabinets to large units for room lighting. However, the most practice aspect is that they last ten times longer than traditional bulbs and use a fraction of the power to work. LEDs are a great way to save on electricity.

What Makes an LED Bulb an LED?

An LED light passes electricity through a diode, which in turn creates the glow and illumination for lighting. Because the diode has a heat sink integrated with it, the assembly doesn’t become near as hot as a regular bulb, using less energy and creating less energy waste.

Conservation Friendly

LED lightbulbs definitely reduce the consumption of energy exponentially. Compared to traditional bulbs, LED choices consume a fraction of energy to light up. They also tend to be pretty strong for general lighting use. The difference can be as much as 80 percent less consumption than a traditional bulb choice, and they also don’t need to be replaced near as frequently either. That in turn also adds to conservation and less consumption. However, the biggest impact is to the home utility bill, reducing the cost of electricity, which is already going up on the natural with rate increases.

Less Harsh and Warmer Light

Unlike traditional bulbs which practically have to be modified for a softer lighting to tone down their harshness, LED bulbs work extremely well for interior mood lighting and settings, producing a less intense illumination effect.

Longer Life

The answer to the question, why you should switch to LED bulbs, is pretty easy and comes with multiple benefits, including longevity of the product.

As noted earlier, LED bulbs require less frequent replacement. The design of the LED does not involve as destructive a process to generate light. As a result, a standard LED bulb can easily last over 25,000 hours of use. The same can’t be said for a traditional bulb with less than half that amount, closer to 8,000 hours of life on average for a CFL, and as little as 1,200 hours for an incandescent version.

Much of the difference, again, is associated with the method of light generation. LED have less burn, produce less heat, and retain their integrity longer. Much of the reason an incandescent bulb fails is the disintegration of the small coil or wire that is heated to a glowing level. Metal can only be heated for so long before it loses shape. That’s when the bulb fails and becomes useless.

Personal Choice Dictates

Home lighting continues to be a personal choice for most homes. What works for one household might be unacceptable for another based on personal tastes or needs. Some like very bright rooms, almost as lit up as a hospital, and others want very muted light, avoiding harsh or clinical illumination. LED lighting can definitely address a range of lighting for a home, from entertainment and settings to brighter needs. It’s very versatile for interior design, especially when combined with other lighting versus contrasted in an either/or decision. This is the approach many take, saving older styles for bright or direct usage and taking advantage of LEDs for broader lighting overall.

What Does it Take to Switch Over?

LED bulbs are available at many retail centers now, and can be bought just like other light bulbs. However, it helps to have a professional interior design consultant advise the best way to use them when planning for a serious home changeover and replacement of interior lighting at a wholesale level. That kind of experience and technical knowledge can provide ideas and ways to maximize LED lighting throughout a home for different needs and uses, as well as cost efficiency.