It’s a common dilemma among home and business owners. You want to save money. You want to do your part to help the environment. You want to make the switch to LED lighting…but the upfront costs concern you. While it is true that changing over to LED lights has an initial cost, over the long run you will end up saving more money than sticking with your incandescent or fluorescent lighting.


The Advantages Of LED Lighting

Every type of lighting has costs associated with it; it doesn’t matter what type of bulb you’re using. There are the upfront costs of the bulbs themselves, the electricity to run them, and the cost of replacing the bulbs when they burn out. In two of these three areas, LED lights come out miles ahead. Upfront cost is the only area in which LEDs don’t lead. However, that upfront cost is quickly recouped when you compare the lifespan, energy efficiency and running costs of LED lights versus incandescent, fluorescents, and even CFLs. Here’s how:

  1. Lifespan. Compared to a 100W incandescent bulb that lasts for 2,000 hours, LED lights can last 50,000 hours. You’d need to replace the incandescent 25 times before you would need to replace the LED. The longer lifespan means fewer bulbs get thrown out and, in fact, many LED lights can be recycled, saving landfill space and easing demand for the raw metals used in their construction.
  2. Energy Efficiency. LED lighting uses far less electricity than other types of bulbs. A 9W LED can emit the same amount of light as a 100W incandescent. Lower wattage requirements mean less strain on the electrical grid, less greenhouse gas emissions from the power plant that supplies the electricity, and a reduced carbon footprint for your home. What’s more, LED lights run cooler and pose less of a fire or burn risk than incandescent or fluorescent lighting.
  3. Running Costs. At .18Kw/h the 100W incandescent costs $1642.50 per year while the LED only costs $147.82. With numbers like that, the long-term payoff of LEDs over incandescents speaks for itself. You will see cost savings on your electricity bill within the first month of replacement.


LED Lights Are The Best Choice For The Long-Term

When it comes to most repairs, replacements or upgrades that we make to our homes, we take a long-term view. We want to use items and materials that will last and are a good long-term investment, despite the initial cost. Lighting options don’t have to be any different. There is no reason to stick with lightbulbs that need replacing every few months when longer-lasting, more efficient options are available. LED lights are the answer.

To find out more about how LED lights can save you money in electricity costs, call 13 LEDS now.