JD’s Blog | LED Lighting for Your Home
A newer trend has begun to set in over the last few years: More and more people are now installing LED lights in their homes. Over the last year, however, the cost of LEDs has dropped like a rock. Not only are LEDs cost efficient, but in the hands of a skilled electrician, your home is like a canvas – and LEDs are the different shades of colors that give it meaning.
Interior fixtures can be converted into long-lasting and efficient residential LED lighting. Some of these conversions only require swapping out halogen light bulbs with LED units and lamps, while other conversions may require changes to the wiring systems within the fixture to accommodate the latest lamps. You can get information that is more detailed from your local electrician regarding the location of the fixtures in your home. Additionally, the electrician will take into account your specific needs and quote you accordingly. The easiest LED upgrade is to existing recessed can lights. Tired of looking at the bottom of that old light bulb inside a black baffle? LED retrofits will replace old trims and fit right into the same fixture, yet look so much more elegant. Best of all, they will lower your electric bill & reduce the amperage pull on the circuit.
Benefits of LED Lights
Upgrading to next generation LED lights can save as much as 87% of your electricity bill. This is because these LEDs only use 7.5W to produce light output which is the same as a 50W halogen light bulb. Forget about ever climbing up to replace a blown bulb again as LEDs are engineered to last more than 12 years, along with the manufacturer’s warranty of 6 years. Many are supposed to last 40,000 hours.
Why You Should Upgrade
There are several reasons as to why you should upgrade to LED lights:
- Brightness. LEDs are far more efficient in converting electricity to light output, as compared to the traditional florescent and incandescent lights where less than 5% of electricity is converted to light. Incandescent, on the other hand, has the efficiency of 16 lumen per watt, whereas LEDs provide 90 lumen per watt. The difference is crystal clear.
- Color Selection. LED lights aren’t limited to just a single shade of white. Just like incandescent lamps, they are able to produce light anywhere on the entire color spectrum. Simply by making changes to the material of the semiconductor, numerous colors can easily be achieved.
- Reliability. LEDs are one of the most reliable kinds of lighting that require no maintenance at all. The life expectancy of an average LED light is more than 40,000 hours of operation. This is an advantage for any person that is using LED lights, as they never have the need to replace a blown out bulb again.
- Ease of Replacement. LED lights are quite simple to replace. Due to simple design and function, LEDs can easily be designed to resemble the dimensions of the original bulb.
What You Could Upgrade
The best way to go about upgrading your home with LED lights is to make a list of all the rooms and the number of light fixtures in them; list down porch lights and those that surround the house, as well. You can either choose to upgrade the lights that are frequently used, or you can upgrade every lighting fixture in the house. For just about every light bulb socket made, there is an LED replacement lamp available. Even low voltage landscape and garden lights can be refitted with LED bulbs. I lowered my electric bill. Did you also know that the standard incandescent light bulbs we’ve always used are being phased out of existence? The energy savings are tremendous all across the world.