Looking to save money in your home? Reducing your electricity consumption
is a great place to start, and one of the easiest ways you can make a
huge difference in your monthly bill is switching over to bright, efficient
LED bulbs. Yet many people still refuse to believe that light emitting
diode (LED) technology is worth the time or financial investment. Here
are four of the most common myths we frequently hear about LED lighting
and the truth about them.
LED Lights Will Be Cheaper in the Future
Most people are hesitant to adopt new technology, especially when the tech
is still in the “early adopter” stage. This is usually when
it’s at its least reliable and most expensive. However, people who
still insist that LED lighting will experience another sharp drop in cost
don’t realize that the biggest cost reduction has already happened
and that any other price reductions will occur far more slowly. In fact,
now may be as good a time as any to make the switch to maximize the savings
on your energy bill.
LED Lighting Isn’t Any More Efficient
A lot of consumers mistakenly believe that LED lighting is just another
fad and doesn’t actually save all that much energy, and therefore
won’t actually help your energy bills. This is completely false.
An LED bulb is considerably more energy-efficient than any other readily-available
form of lightbulb. Look at it this way: the light output of a 100-watt
incandescent lightbulb is equaled by just a 15-watt fluorescent light
and an 8-watt LED, making LED bulbs nearly twice as efficient as a fluorescent
bulb and nearly 12 times more efficient than your standard incandescent
LED Lights Aren’t Very Bright
If the last myth is any indication, LEDs are not just bright, but can be
extremely bright. If an LED only needs eight watts to equal a 100-watt
incandescent bulb, imagine how much light a 100-watt LED could put out.
LEDs are now being used for everything from car headlights to outdoor
floodlights to lighting huge parking lots to even illuminating massive
professional sports stadiums, and doing all of it while using a mere fraction
of the electricity!
LED Lights Are Too Expensive
This myth has kind of held over since the early days of these bulbs being
on the market, when they were substantially more expensive than a normal
or fluorescent lightbulb. However, today that’s anything but true.
In fact, LED bulbs are now only slightly more expensive than a regular
lightbulb, and actually save you a ton of money in the long run. Whereas
a normal lightbulb is rated for only around 1,200 hours of usage before
burning out and a compact fluorescent usually gets only about 8,000 hours,
an LED lightbulb can last for nearly
50,000 hours! If you do the math, that’s over five and a half years of constant
running before burning out! The amount of money you’ll save on purchasing
new bulbs alone make this investment worthwhile, let alone the amount
of energy you’ll save on your utility bills.
To learn more about how an LED lightbulb can help you, contact the Marietta
electricians at Lightning Bug Electric today! Dial (404) 471-3847 to schedule
a repair or maintenance service now.