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 lightbulb.
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.