With so many options for home lighting, people today don’t seem to have the correct knowledge when shopping for LED lighting. The potential energy savings when switching from traditional lighting to LED lighting is enormous, saving most households hundreds of dollars a year. With the many benefits of LED lighting including reduced energy savings, less heat output, and a increasing and numerous selection of light color options, the time to buy has never been better.
When shopping for LED lightbulbs, always consider the lumen output. Lumen output in more simplified terms is the amount of brightness a light gives off. The more lumens there are the brighter the light, and the less lumens there are the darker or dimmer the light. In other words, lumens are to lights, what gallons are to milk. Lumens lets you choose the amount of light you want rather than how much energy they will consume. To ensure you purchase the correct light color refer to the packaging for the Lighting Facts Label. This label is similar to the one found on the back of everyday food products but instead of nutrition, its focuses on bulb brightness, color, life expectancy, and estimated operating costs.
A great example for typical energy savings in household use, is switching your inefficient incandescent or traditional lightbulbs to LED lighting. Over 90% of the energy given off in incandescent lightbulbs is heat. That lost heat energy is the money your losing and throwing away each and every month. The light emitting diode (LED) is a type of solid state lighting (SSL) in which semiconductors convert electricity to light, giving LED’s the most energy efficient and rapid developing technologies in the lighting market today. The energy savings when this switch occurs makes your energy usage decreases by 75% and also saves you money on every utility bill. Energy Star qualified products use only 20%-25% of the energy of traditional lightbulbs and last 25 times longer. Also when choosing your lightbulb, always look for the Energy Star approved logo, to insure the highest of quality and dependable energy saving products. Many of the replacements for incandescents and halogens are available in many of the common lightbulb categories including 40w, 60w, and 75w. Although a little more in price, the LED market is seeing the technology come to fruition, and in turn bringing the overall cost down and bringing energy savings up to the mainstream market.
Contact us at R&R lighting Co.(1-800-266-LAMP) for any questions about LED and SSL lighting, and purchase from our various selection of Energy Star approved products!
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