The leaves continue to turn brown and fall to the ground, there’s an obvious chill in the air, and the nights are definitely longer.
Winter is here, and with the colder months upon us, you can expect a spike in your electricity usage. Darker evenings mean you need to keep the lights on longer than usual, while the cold weather should force you and your family to spend more time inside your Scottsdale home.
Fortunately, there are many ways to keep your winter utility bill within “normal” levels. One of the simplest approaches is to start with your home lighting by switching to LED light bulbs.
Below are 3 reasons why you should switch to LED light bulbs this winter.
1. LED Light Bulbs Have a Longer Lifespan
If you want to buy lights, install them, and forget about them afterwards, LEDs are what you’re looking for.
Your standard LED light bulb from a reputable brand like Philips or GE lasts well beyond 10,000 hours, well and beyond any lighting solution on the market. If you have an LED with an average rated lifespan of 15,000 hours, it will last for 20 years if used every day for 2 hours.
Because of their solid-state technology and low heat output, LEDs experience less wear and tear, if you will. And they aren’t nearly as affected by constant switching between on and off compared to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or incandescent bulbs.
2. LEDs Help You Save More
True, LED light bulbs are more expensive than CFLs and incandescent bulbs. But it’s no longer uncommon to find an LED bulb priced below $10, or even $5. And the lighting industry is heading towards LEDs becoming cheaper too.
But the real reason to switch to LEDs is the savings they bring to the table over the long run. LED bulbs use as much as 90 percent less power than a traditional incandescent bulb, all while generating just as much light—sometimes even more. In just a few months time, you can offset the initial cost of your LED purchase from the reduction in electricity consumption alone.
And because LEDs are so durable, you don’t have to replace them as often as CFLs or incandescent bulbs, which means a lower likelihood of driving out to Home Depot in the cold just to buy a new light bulb.
3. LEDs Have Great Lighting Quality
Gone are the days of LED bulbs being only capable of generating a dull bluish light. Today’s LEDs are capable of generating a million different colors (as in the case of high-tech smart LEDs), and even entry-level LED bulbs come in a wide range of colors and color temperature types. In other words, you won’t have a problem finding an LED for your specific needs.
Aside from quality, LEDs also generate the full brightness of their light instantly. Unlike CFLs and incandescent bulbs, which need a few seconds to produce their full lighting intensity, LEDs are “instant on,” bathing your home with warm light in the middle of the winter gloom.
And it doesn’t hurt that LEDs can look beautiful. If you prefer the classical appearance of incandescent light bulbs, filament LEDs are designed to look the same way—complete with a filament of tiny diodes and clear glass envelope.
Practicality, functionality, and energy savings are the primary factors that come to play during any discussion about LED lighting. Make the switch today to enjoy these 3 benefits.