LED Lighting for Home

lights_leds_heroIt was just a few months ago that I looked into the possibility of replacing the light bulbs in my home with the new LED standard. After marveling a new LED flashlight that I purchased I wondered at the efficiency of how this low voltage light could save me money.

According the our own Department of Energy:

ENERGY SAVINGS
LED is a highly energy efficient lighting technology, and has the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting in the United States. Residential LEDs — especially ENERGY STAR rated products — use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.

So at the time that I was considering the change I was turned away by sticker shock. Each bulb was priced at around 39.00 dollars and at this time it certainly would not be cost effective. However to my surprise a trip to Home Depot Saturday brought about a surprise when I saw that these bulbs were priced much lower. I was able to purchase a recessed light bulb for just 7.99 so I ended up purchasing 5 of them for my kitchen. The only mistake I made was not reading the label that described the type of lighting they provide. I ended up getting 3 that were labeled “daylight” and 2 that were labeled “warm glow”. So I have a mix in my kitchen that isn’t very noticeable but I have to say that I like the warm glow more than the daylight.

I also picked up a package of 4 60 watt regular LED bulbs that cost me around 12.00. With these I replaced the the 3 bulbs in the lamp that hangs over my kitchen table. They were so bright that I removed 2 of them.

I anticipate the price dropping even more and plan on over time replacing all of the light bulbs in my home. The overall cost saving should certainly be tremendous but it will also cut down on the task of changing lightbulbs which sometimes can be quite a pain as it seams that they only blow out at the worst times. If these bulbs actually last 25 times longer it may be years before I have to change another light bulb.

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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8 Responses to LED Lighting for Home

  1. I am so glad that LED’s are now an option for ordinary bills. The energy lights that preceded them were simply awful, it was like going back to the dark ages!
    Sometimes it is good to like modern technology!

  2. cb says:

    Be sure to read the packaging. Some LED replacement bulbs are NOT recommended for sealed enclosures. The AC to DC circuitry dissipates heat. If the heat builds up it can shorten the lifetime of the bulb.

    Otherwise LEDs rule!

  3. New Journey says:

    With my son being an electrician we have been using the LED’s for some time….at first I missed the bright glaring glow of a bulb but since I have warmed up to the light they give off and its true we haven’t changed any light bulbs in years….the only light that burns out is a lamp that takes bulbs like old fashion Christmas tree lights…..funny, something I don’t even think about purchasing anymore….and they used to be on the old shopping list all the time…LOL nice to see you back on here my friend I miss your post…Happy Holidays to you and Sharon….xx.kat

  4. We recently replace the flood lights in the kitchen with LED versions. LOVE THEM!! So much better than the compact florescents and old fashioned flood lights.

  5. hsampson says:

    Thank you for the info Billy! As usual very informative!

  6. I have been using LED candles and light strings that operate w/ rechargeable batteries for awhile now, when I do not need a lot of light. I prefer incandescent and feel better around them, but the solar in the trailer is limited. I was able to replace one of the kitchen lights w/ LED and the light in the inside section of the bath. That was all I could get for $50 at my local Bulbs Plus. I would love to get one placed in a couple areas for reading, but at that price I will probably just use the battery fairy lights, to read by. I did find some LEDs on amazon that were much more affordable, so I may be able to afford to do that. That would save a lot of power and would not tax the solar much and I can save the incandescents, for after my first or second expansion of the solar.

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