Affordable LED Lights Are Finally Here
You might be surprised to learn that LED lights are now within reach both financially and technologically for your home. LED (Light-Emitting Diode) Lights have been around for quite some time but the technology wasn’t quite ready for home applications until recent manufacturing advances created affordable options. I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at The Home Depot recently learning all about LED lighting options for the home.
I spent some time with Bill Dulanney and Lauralee Evans at the Claremont, NH Home Depot store earlier this week learning about the LED options that are available and which bulbs would work best in our home. Bill and Lauralee did an excellent job pointing out the features of the different LED bulbs. In yesterday’s article we discussed how to select LED lights for your home based on fixture type, brightness and light color.
Options, Options, Options
When it comes to LED’s for your home there are quite a few options to choose from. Our home has a combination of overhead chandelier type fixtures and recessed light fixtures. Those fixtures currently use a combination of incandescent, halogen and fluorescent bulbs. For the recessed fixtures we currently have a mixture of open trim rings and some reflective air tight trim rings on the 2nd floor adjacent to the attic space.
- EcoSmart A19 40 watt equivalent LED bulb which uses 9 watts of power while producing 429 lumens.
- EcoSmart PAR38 75 watt equivalent LED bulb which uses 18 watts of power while producing 850 lumens.
- EcoSmart 65 watt equivalent LED bulb with integrated trim which uses 10.5 watts of power while producing 575 lumens.
All three of those bulbs are dimmable and fit into the standard fixtures. We have decided to use the A19 LED bulb type in some of our chandeliers, the 75 watt equivalent LED bulb in our recessed fixtures with reflective air tight trims and the 65 watt equivalent with integrated trim in our open trim recessed lights.
LED Investment = Long Term Savings
There is some amount of sticker shock at first when you look at the cost of the LED lights. The bulbs that we selected are priced as follows:
- EcoSmart A19 40 watt equivalent LED bulb = $18.47 each. Buy online Here.
- EcoSmart PAR38 75 watt equivalent LED bulb = $44.97 each. Buy online Here.
- EcoSmart 65 watt equivalent LED bulb with integrated trim = $49.97 each. Buy online Here.
Now hear me out before you dismiss the opportunity to save money by using LED’s. While the initial investment is significant the savings comes with a combination of two factors.
- Power Consumption – LED lights use up to 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, and up to 50 percent less energy than CFL bulbs.
- Longer Lasting – LED bulbs also have an exceptionally long life expectancy that is 100 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Each bulb can last up to 100,000 hours, or 11.42 years.
Stay tuned as we show you how to install the new LED’s from EcoSmart in our next article and lastly we’ll have a final article on our impressions and a review of the new EcoSmart LED bulbs. Trust me when I say you don’t want to miss the review and how these LED’s stack up against our older traditional light bulbs.
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