Thursday, July 11, 2013

TNO's Tips & Tricks 25 - Change your light bulbs

I've heard it a million times before that light bulb use can have a massive effect on the amount of energy you're using in your home.  I try really hard to shut off lights when I leave a room and only use the lights at night time by opening the windows/blinds during the day.  I recognize that it's a better choice for my pocket book as well as for the environment.

But I guess I didn't realize just how much switching to a different type of light bulb would change that equation, which sends me right to my next trick for this week.

This past weekend, while perusing Home Depot with my visiting parents, my dad suggested we upgrade our light bulbs.  We had one bulb that went out in the hanging light fixture over our kitchen table, and needed bulbs anyway, so DH and my dad went over to the lighting section of the store and spent about 15 minutes hemming and hawing over a discussion of different types of bulbs.

In the end, they came away with five new LED bulbs to outfit our light fixture.

Initially, I was super shell shocked at the price.  $10-13 PER bulb?  That seems crazy expensive.  However, after doing a bit of research and reading further, I was totally convinced this is the way to go.

These were the bulbs we purchased, no sponsored post here, I like them enough to tell you all about it!
Yes, the LED bulbs are a bit more expensive at the store {we purchased the CREE brand I believe?}, but those bulbs do more than pay for themselves down the line.  To start out, LED bulbs last years longer than an incandescent or compact fluorescent bulb.  LED bulbs have a life span of 50,000 hours versus an incandescent with a life span of 1,200 hours.

If you use your LED bulb 3 hours per day {we use ours around this amount}, the bulb of the brand we purchased is advertised to last you TWENTY TWO YEARS.  Seriously.  If you used that same incandescent bulb we were talking about earlier for three hours a day, there's a high likelihood it would burn out within a year.  And even when LED bulbs reach the higher end of their estimated usage, they don't really burn out, they just fade to being less bright.  I'm pretty sure the $10 investment is worth that many years worth of use for our LED.

But that's just longevity.  We're not even talking about the impact to the environment yet, which is also a huge reason to switch over to LED bulbs.  Switching over your incandescents to LED bulbs will use thousands of pounds less per year when we're talking about your energy consumption.

Best thing about these lights?  I actually find them to be brighter.  Instead of the dull yellow bulbs throughout the rest of our home, the new LED's we have in our dining table are much more of a white light.  Now, you can choose between a few different color options so if you're not all into your home being super bright there are options for that, too.

These new LED light bulbs both satisfy my inner desire to be eco-friendly and earth conscious as well as my constant need for cheap.  If you're in the market for a few new light bulbs, definitely check out your options in LED!

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