It 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:
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.