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Switching To LEDs: The Things You Need To Know To Save Money

Source: blog.cheapism.com

LEDs are good not only for the environment, but also for your bank account!

It’s getting more and more popular in houses, but have you switched yet for LEDs?

Here are basic things to know before making the move!

  • It’s an easy move

You only need to replace your incandescent bulbs with screw-in LED bulbs that have a close performance to the incandescent bulb.

OUR EXPERT ADVICEThe thing is that we didn’t know that they’re more expensive than the incandescent bulbs!

  • They use less energy

To sum up the idea: the LED lighting system converts 95% of the energy consumed into light, whereas incandescent bulbs convert only 10% of it. The 90% left is just heat.

OUR EXPERT ADVICEThis is something crazy that we didn’t know either, ad it is so much energy wasted.

  • They last

The whole point is to save money, right? Well, buying the LED bulbs will be more expensive than buying incandescent ones, but prices tend to drop lately. At the end of the day, it is a long term investment: some LED bulbs can last up to 20 years, whereas incandescent bulbs last approximately 2 years. Also, your energy consumption is reduced to 70-90% with LED bulbs, making you save between $30 and $80 on your bills over the bulb’s lifespan.

OUR EXPERT ADVICEIt’s true that we bought our LED bulbs maybe three years ago and they seem to be lasting so far!

  • They’re flexible with light direction

Did you know that LED lighting was directional? Well, your incandescent bulbs send light at all angles and don’t direct in where you want or need it. Another bad point.

OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe have them at home and it’s actually really cool to be able to direct the light where you need it, when you’re reading for example.

  • They have a range of color temperatures

Each LED lightbulb has what is called a Correlated Color Temperature (CCT), corresponding to a Kelvin (K), which is a temperature scale. If the number of Kelvins is low, the light will be warmer and more yellow, and if it’s high the light will be colder and bluer. This choice depends on your preference and the ambience you want for each room. It’s another kind of customisation that LEDs allow you to do.

OUR EXPERT ADVICELEDs can seem a bit cold, but we chose a different colour to have a warmer atmosphere at home and we’re delighted.

  • They’re kind of dimmable

When switching for LEDs, check that they’re compatible with your dimmer switch. Most LEDs are dimmable but check before and try.

OUR EXPERT ADVICEOurs were compatible even if we forgot to check, so to avoid any disappointment, always check.

So, ready for the big LED move?

OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe switched to LEDs in every room now and we don’t regret it at all! We didn’t have to change them yet and we save money as well, it’s a really good investment.