Efficiency Expert: Benefits of Energy Saving Lights
31st Jul 2018
The latest innovations in lighting have made it easier than ever to save energy and, by proxy, money. Here’s what you need to know:
- LED (light emitting diode) bulbs use electronic components called diodes to produce light directly, whereas other bulbs use heat to create light indirectly, which takes more energy.
- The lifespan of an LED light is more than 25,000 hours for a bulb (50,000 for a tube, and 50,000-100,000 hours for integral LED fixtures), as opposed to the 1,000 hour lifespan of a traditional incandescent bulb.
- The electricity used over a lifetime of a single incandescent bulb costs 5 to 10 times the original purchase price of the bulb itself (probably 20 times or more in a state with expensive electricity, such as New York).
- LED lights use 84% less energy and last 25 times longer than traditional bulbs.
- Innovations in the marketplace have offered LED lights that can mimic the warm, daylight glow of an incandescent bulb.
- LED lighting saves even more energy in air-conditioned or refrigerated spaces - the light bulb itself consumes less energy, and there is also less unwanted heat to remove from the room.
- Many state governments and utility companies offer cash rebates for home and business owners who upgrade their lighting to LED, making the investment even more attractive.