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Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Saving & Investing | 0 comments

Saving Extra Money around the House with LED Lighting

Saving Extra Money around the House with LED Lighting

In these times of austerity, belt-tightening, and trying to make your money stretch further without having to visit Pay-Day loan shops and pay very high interest, everyone is looking for ways to save money on household costs. Utility bills, such as electricity costs, can be reduced and leave more money each month to help with your budget. An easy way to do this is to assess your home’s lighting. Do you have old-fashioned “incandescent” light bulbs in any of your lighting appliances? These are the ones that “pop” and explode when dropped, and that have a filament in them that generates heat as well as light and is extremely fragile. These sorts of bulbs are costing you up to eight times as much electricity as newer LED bulbs. Why are you still using them? Please don’t say the cost of switching to LED lighting; while LED lighting is certainly more expensive to buy than other types of light bulb, you are investing in your lighting by buying LED lights, and that investment will give you a swift return in the form of cheaper electricity bills. I’ll explain:

So, LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes. Light Emitting Diodes, now the future of domestic and commercial lighting, were primarily used to form numbers on digital clocks, light bike lamps, transmit information from remote controls, light-up digital watches and tell you when your microwave, amplifier, washing machine etc. is switched on. But now LED light bulbs are available to illuminate almost all areas of your home- from ceiling and wall lights, to under cabinet lighting, outdoor lights, spot lights and table lamps.

Panasonic LED lights can use as much as 85% less power than incandescent bulbs, and 50% less than fluorescent tubes. Why? Because unlike ordinary incandescent bulbs, LED lights don’t get hot and don’t have moving parts; they don’t have a filament that will burn out, thus guaranteeing an extremely long lifespan, with more and more LED bulbs lasting up to 50,000 hours. That’s a quarter of a century in normal use. So here’s where the economic sense comes in; when you replace an old type bulb with a long-lasting LED bulb, while it will cost double or even treble a usual bulb, it won’t fail or begin to grim noticeably more dim for 25 years. Not only does that mean you’ll not have to replace it for all those years, you will also be using less electricity for that length of time, creating a long-term saving. Now multiply that saving not for just one electric light appliance, but for all of them in your home.

By comparison, you could by other types of bulbs, but they are not as efficient as LED lighting, and the savings you make by using them instead of the old incandescent bulbs is less:

 

 

Halogen lights use 20-30% less energy.

CFL lights use 60-80% less energy.

LEDs use 90% less energy.

 

When you throw in the fact that CFLs contain a dangerous substance that is not easy to recycle, mercury, and that LEDs last longer than other types of bulb, you should be able to see that by switching to using LED lighting in your home, you will quickly be recouping the initial outlay of your purchase within a relatively short space of time. Add to that the fact that you won’t have the inconvenience of having to replace the LED bulbs every few months, and that by using less electricity you’ll also be helping the planet, then switching to LED lighting becomes not just desirable but essential!

 

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