Save Your Electrical Bill With LED Lighting
How Much Energy Do LED Lights Save
LED lights are a far better choice when it comes to a light source that will function just as well, if not better than incandescent bulbs, using only a fraction of the electricity. How much energy do LED lights save?It really depends on how dedicated a person is: if an entire house is lit with nothing but LED lights, the savings will be much more significant than if only one or two light bulbs are replaced in the home. The following statistics may provide the best answers to the question of how much energy do LED lights save.
*Robert Allen Electric safely recycles fluorescent lamps in keeping with EPA requirements.
The average household spends 35% to 40% of total energy costs in lighting alone. If a home is lit exclusively by incandescent bulbs, that amounts to quite a sizable amount of money to power those lights! Consider an electric bill that is $200 per month in order to understand just how significant the savings would be by converting to LED lights. If 40% of that bill is electricity required for lights, the amount is $80. Since LED lights only utilize about 20% of the power that incandescent bulbs use, that’s $16 per month for LED lights. Add that to the $120 for other electricity needs and the bill is now only approximately $136; a savings of $64! How much energy do LED lights save in the average household? Roughly 1/3 of the electric bill!
Those tubular lights that are often seen in office buildings, schools, government buildings and even medical centers are normally fluorescent tubular lights. While these lights will save a bit of money in comparison to incandescent lights, the risks involved with them do not make them a safe alternative to incandescent bulbs. In fact, they are worse for the environment than extra energy expenditure because of the toxic metals and gasses they contain. So, even though they use less energy than incandescent bulbs, they still are not a good alternative because they are not as energy efficient as LED lights. How much energy do LED lights save in comparison to fluorescent bulbs? The ratio here is about 3:1. (Robert Allen Electric safely recycles fluorescent lamps in keeping with EPA requirements.)
When considering exactly how much energy LED lights save, there are a number of variables which must be considered. First of all, it must be taken into consideration what types of lighting are currently utilized. Secondly, how much of the total energy bill is spent on providing lights. Because of these variables, it is safe to say that an average electric bill can be reduced by as much as 40%, and sometimes more, when converting to LED lights. That’s a significant savings in the long run.
LED lights provide a color that is crisp and bright no other form of artificial light has been able to accomplish. Anytime someone is looking at a gorgeous array of lights coming from an outdoor fountain that changes colors, that person is probably looking at a series of LED lights with a motion control device attached to it.
So, why are LED lights better than their current lighting and what could make them change? Because LED lights do not draw energy in the same way that incandescent lights do, they cost about 80% less to operate. LED lights are even more energy efficient than CFL bulbs which contain toxic mercury*. This means that by switching all of the light bulbs in a home over to LED lights, a person will realize a sizable decrease on the cost of lighting his/her home. In some cases, people have reported as much a 50% reduced electric bill as a result of using LED lights instead of other lighting sources.
Incandescent bulbs generate a massive amount of heat, often forcing consumers to run air conditioning to compensate for the excessive heat in confined areas. Why are LED lights better in terms of climate control? The reason for this is because they generate such a minute amount of heat that these light remain cool to the touch. During the process of producing light, electricity is taken in and passed from high energy electrons to a low energy receptor. In the process of converting this high to low energy two things transpire. Heat is produced, but immediately dispelled, and photons (light rays) are given off. Because the heat is dissipated, the lights remain cool.
The third most common reason why LED lights are better is because they are so durable and long lasting. Most light bulbs have a life expectancy that is rated at approximately 2000 hours of usage. In many cases those light bulbs will fail well before those 2000 hours have passed. This is mostly due to the fact that the filaments cannot withstand electric fluctuations, such as those which occur when the light switch is flipped. LED lights do not need time to cycle or warm up, they light instantly, for this reason, and the fact that they do not get hot, they are rated at about 100,000. LED lights are also much more durable than other light bulbs and are nowhere near as breakable. LED lights are the wave of the future, and are changing the way the world is seeing things, literally.