Before going into how LED lights can save money for you at home, it will be relevant to know what an LED bulb actually is. LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs convert electricity into light through a semi-conductor unlike incandescent bulbs that has a brightly burning filament that gives off light. The origin of LED lights goes back to the 2000s but it has only been six or seven years that they have gained wide popularity and acceptance. The earlier bulbs had harsh lights, a low life span, flickering lights and most importantly, were very expensive. All that has changed now with the average LED light going a long way in helping home owners save substantial amounts in electricity bills.
Why is it that LEDs are able to use light and energy more efficiently than traditional lights and bulbs? This is because LEDs are a uni-directional light source which means that the light is directed in one direction only. Thus, even a low powered LED will light up an area more brightly than a higher powered light source like an incandescent bulb or CFL which throws light and heat in many directions. Because of lower power consumption without compromising on luminosity or brightness levels, LEDs lower energy consumption resulting in reduced electricity bills.
This is one reason why home owners can string up LED outdoor festoon lights for parties or outdoor barbeques or even as a permanent decorative fixture in their gardens without having to bother about incurring recurring high energy bills. Additionally, there are many options that you can choose from in LEDs. The globe light is a beautiful choice for outdoor lighting where an LED is encased in a globe of clear glass. LED festoon lights are also available in multiple colours to add a sense of aesthetics to your decoration. Star light lighting is another decorative lighting choice where the LED inside a bulb has various shapes especially that of a star. The popularity of LED lights has opened up a whole range of decorative alternatives that are not only bright and attractive but results in savings as well because of low power consumption.
Another benefit of using LED lights at home is that it lasts longer. Typically, LED lights lasts about 10 years as against a year or two by incandescent bulbs or halogen lamps. Even though an LED light costs more than the average bulb, its longevity results in higher savings in the long run. If the light fixture is placed at a high-up place, replacing conventional lamps frequently can be troublesome too.
LED lights also give off less heat and hence are more energy efficient. On the other hand halogen and incandescent bulbs warm up more due to the heating up of the filaments. It is estimated that over 90% of the energy consumed by these bulbs are given off as heat. LED lights on the other hand do not have filaments but semi-conductors which do not heat up, thereby saving almost 75-80% of energy consumed.
Homeowners should switch over to LED light fixtures if only to save energy and contribute their mite for an eco-friendly planet Earth.