How to convert to LED lights.
The topic of LED lighting has been very popular in the green living community, these past few years. What are they and why do they make a difference?
These are common questions people ask before deciding to make the change.
In this post, I will be guiding you through the process of learning about what they are, the benefits of changing, shopping options and how to change your light bulbs.
What are the LED lights’?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. How do they work? The electrical current passes through a microchip, this lights’ the light sources (LEDs), which in turn creates light. Typically, a mix of red, green and blue are used to create the light.
LED lights’ have been around since 1962 when Nick Holonyak invented his very first LED. It was named “the magic one”. He came across it while trying to create a laser.
They are popular because they have been proven to produce significantly more light than regular incandescent light bulbs – about 90% more!
Changing to LED light has many benefits
Producing more light, using the same amount of electricity means saving energy. This is huge, and there are many benefits for you and our planet.
The thing that gets most people’s attention is the fact that conservation can save them money. It is often the reason why people begin to live a more energy conservative culture. Reducing waste, recycling, composting, conserving water, etc.
However, people soon realize that there are many more benefits than just simply saving money.
Using less energy means burning fewer fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are not renewable sources of energy. They will run out.
The less electricity we use, by converting to LED lights’, the longer this energy source will last.
Yes, we can get power from much cleaner energy sources such as solar, wind and wave power. However, most of the electricity used today comes from fossil fuels such as coal and oil.
Fossil fuels create pollution. Reducing our electricity usage through LEDs can reduce pollution, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, risks of oil spills and promote a much healthier environment for all.
Scientists have been developing nuclear reactors to reduce fossil fuel consumption. This is because the reactors can produce a lot of electricity. However, they also produce radioactive waste.
Radioactive pollution is awful. You only have to look at the effects of the nuclear explosion in Hiroshima to understand this.
By converting your lights’ to LED alternatives, we reduce our electricity and decrease the need for such reactors that cause radioactive pollution.
LED lights’ also produce very little heat. For somebody like me who lives in a hot climate, this is a fantastic benefit. Before switching to LED lights’ we would have to turn all the lights off in the house just to ensure it stays cool.
But even if you live in a cold climate it is important to understand how much energy is wasted when making this heat. Did you know that incandescent bulbs release about 90% of their energy as heat?
Not only will they save you money in the long run but the bulbs are known to last longer too, about ten times longer than Incandescent lights’ which last on average about a year. So this means less shopping, which saves you time and reducing your waste.
There is a wide variety of LED lighting available these days too (please see ‘choosing the right LED lights’ for your spaces’ below).
So there is a huge list of reasons why you should switch your lights’ to LEDs. Let’s now take a look at this first point; saving money.
Saving electricity will save you money
From a personal finance point of view, switching your bulbs to LED’s is a fantastic investment. And it is and should be seen as an investment because it will cost you more money upfront.
Remember too that they last longer than incandescent bulbs, and it is this fact that you need to bear in mind when considering making this change to your home.
Let’s look at the financial differences from a long-term perspective. Bearing in mind that LED lights’ last about 10 years, it is probably good to view this from a ten-year financial outlook.
Incandescent will cost around $79 per year, halogen $77 per year and LED $17 per year. That’s quite a staggering difference! Please see the notes and source below for more details.
Notes from these findings: 60-watt bulb saving over 10 years. Prices are for GE bulbs at major retailers. Source: CFS George Petras, USA Today.
To read a review on some different LED bulbs available click here.
Choosing the right LED lights’ for your spaces
You can even choose the color of the light you want to suit the environment it will be the lighting.
For example, some people like warm yellow or white because it reminds them of older light bulbs. I like to use these in common areas where people will be relaxing e.g. living room and bedrooms.
Alternatively, you can also purchase LED light bulbs that reduce a much whiter or even bluer looking light. I have found these useful in work areas such as the kitchen, garage, and workshop.
It all comes down to your personal preference, just bear this in mind if and when you decide to do some shopping.
Where you can buy LED lights
LED lights’ are now sold in almost all home-based stores such as Lowes, Homebase and even Walmart.
If like me, you like the convenience of shopping online, you can purchase them from a variety of different retailers here.
If like me you prefer to support environmentally friendly organizations, you can shop online here.
How to change your lights – safety first!
1. Make sure the power is turned off
2. Take other safety precautions. Use a step ladder if the light is high on the ceiling. Remember to let the bulb cool down before touching it.
3. Remove the bulb from the socket.
4. Put your new LED bulb n the socket.
5. Safely dispose of the old lights’ bulb.
If you ever need a helping hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below, and I will be more than happy to answer them as best to my knowledge.
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All the best,