Where It Makes Sense To Use LED Bulbs In Your Home

Where It Makes Sense To Use LED Bulbs In Your Home

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LED (light emitting diode) bulbs are the latest and greatest in light bulb technology. They cost 75-80 percent less to run than traditional incandescent bulbs, and unlike energy efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, they are available in a wide range of colors. Many LED bulbs can also be used in dimmable fixtures.

Their biggest drawback? The upfront expense. The price of LED bulbs is dropping, but they still cost about 10 times more on average than CFLs, according to the Dallas Morning News. Are the energy savings worth it?

In many cases, yes. This is because of certain advantages LED bulbs offer. They are extremely long lived, robust, and come in a wide range of color options and sizes. This can make them an ideal and even cost-effective choice for certain areas of your home.

Here is a checklist of places where it makes sense to use LED bulbs in your home:

  • Accent lighting. LED bulbs are available in very small sizes. This makes them ideal in tight places, or anywhere you want light without the visual distraction of a big, clunky light fixture. For instance, think under-counter lighting, or accent lights for illuminating artwork. LEDs are also very cool-burning, which can also be an advantage in tight spaces or when lighting delicate materials.
  • Task lighting. Bright light helps when you’re working on a visual task such as a sewing project or car repair. LEDs can deliver much brighter light at a fraction of the operating cost of other bulbs — especially compared to the halogen lamps often used for task lighting.
  • Lights you turn off and on frequently. Unlike CFLs and even incandescents, LED bulbs can be switched on and off frequently without significantly compromising their life expectancy. This makes them ideal for rooms where you turn the lights on and off a lot, such as your bathroom.
  • Lights you leave on all the time. If you have a bulb you leave on for extended periods, such as a night light in a windowless hallway, it may make sense to replace it with an LED. Continuous burning will result in faster payoff, and you won’t have to change the bulb nearly as frequently.
  • Hard-to-reach lighting. Since LED bulbs last about 20 times longer than incandescents and more than twice as long as CFLs, installing them in hard-to-reach places eliminates a lot of hassle.
  • Rough-and-tumble locations. LED bulbs are quite tolerant of vibration and impact. Furthermore, they are so cool-burning that many are made of plastic rather than glass. They are therefore ideal for areas where they might take a beating, such as in your garage door light fixture (where vibrations are tough on bulbs), or in a child’s room.
  • Outdoor lighting. Besides being tough, LEDs are also extremely cold tolerant. If you live in an area that experiences cold winters, you’ll be pleased to know that LEDs won’t fail when temperatures dip to the single digits. LEDs are also a natural choice for use in solar outdoor lighting fixtures, because they require so little energy to run.

Even if you don’t want to upgrade your entire home to LEDs right away, selectively installing them in areas like these can save time and hassle, and may even make your home a safer place to live!

Origainaly authored by Stuart Simpson.  See original post at: http://www.proudgreenhome.com/blogs/where-it-makes-sense-to-use-led-bulbs-in-your-home/

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