Many people are concerned both about saving money and living green, but often it can seem like it is difficult to do both at the same time. There are many things that are more expensive when they are more environmentally friendly, for example, things made from recycled materials. But there are things that seem to be more expensive, such as LED lights that are really a big money saver when you look at the big picture.
For many years, people have been using incandescent light bulbs to light their homes, and as great an idea that the light bulb was in its time, there are now much better alternatives. Not long ago people began to discover that they could save a good deal of money if they switched from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). CFL bulbs cost more than traditional bulbs, however making the switch significantly cut electric bills, and reduced the need to change out light bulbs as often making the choice better in the long run for both one’s pocketbook, and the earth.
But fluorescent bulbs were not the end of energy efficient lighting. It turns out LED lighting, has the ability to save people even more money. There’s a part of this transition that is similar to the revelation that CFLs were better than traditional bulbs. LED light bulbs use a small fraction of the energy that either CFL bulbs or traditional bulbs use, but cost more initially, putting the newest bulbs one more notch up on the energy efficiency and money saving ladder.
But when we stop to think about it, LED lights are more familiar that we realize. They have been used for a while in holiday lights or as a lighting source for flashlights. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) was once used primarily as single bulbs, but are now being clustered together and attached to different light bulb bases, including those that fit in traditional lamps and other lighting fixtures, yet they are up to 30 times more efficient than traditional bulbs at three times more efficient than compact fluorescent bulbs. LED bulbs are also sturdier than traditional bulbs, and far less prone to breaking. They also do not contain mercury, and have been known to reduce electric bills for some people as much as 84%.
The savings are achieved for a couple of reasons. One is because LEDs use fewer watts to determine the same degree of brightness. For example, a 16 watt LED bulb produces 1800 Lumens of brightness, CFL bulbs need 30 watts to achieve the same light output, and incandescent bulbs need 100 watts. LED lights and CFLs also do not produce the heat of the other bulbs, which means air conditioning bills are also lower.
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Marketing Director of www.IllustraLighting.com
Cassandra is a marketing professional with over 15 years of extensive experience leading corporate marketing and internal communications for multi-national companies in diverse industries.