Eco Tip #24 Why You Should Switch to LED Lights
We can’t really see well in the dark, which makes a good case for buying light bulbs. Although, not all lightbulbs are created equal. What if we told you that one small and inexpensive change would not only save you some money, but also be good for the environment? Well, without a doubt, switching over the LED lights for the house can benefit both you and the planet. Here’s a couple reasons why.
LEDs Use Less Electricity
While LED lights are a tad more expensive than incandescent light bulbs here in Cyprus, they should be considered more of a long-term investment. On average, LED light bulbs use 80% less energy in comparison to the usual incandescent light bulbs. That means that the lightbulb will essentially pay for itself within a year depending on how much you use it. Basically, the more lights you switch over to LED, the more you save!
LEDs Last Longer
While they’re not exactly diamonds, some LEDs, depending on the light and how it’s used, can last up to 10 years. In comparison, Incandescent lights generally last a maximum of 2 years. This is due to multiple reasons, like the fact that LEDs don’t heat up as much since they convert more energy into light rather than heat. Thanks to that, you won’t just save on electricity, but you’ll also buy fewer light bulbs.
LEDs Come In All Colours
Like Skittles, LEDs come in all colours of the rainbow. Not only do they come in a diverse range of colour temperatures, which correspond to different types of natural lighting or more tinted lighting, but you can also get different coloured lights to add some ambiance to your pad. For the less colour savvy, the different colour temperatures make it easy to get the perfect mood lighting for every room.
LEDs Are Compatible With Your Fittings
Like all good things, setting up your LED lights is super simple! In fact, LED lights can be retro-fitted to your existing fittings around the house – from your usual GU10 bulbs to bayonet caps, you can get an LED light to fit it. On top of that, LEDs are also dimmable, sort of. While most LEDs are, it also depends on the light as well as your current dimmer switch. To be sure, you can double check that everything is going to be compatible with your dimmer before getting an LED bulb.So, there you have it. We all know that LEDs are far better for the planet than their incandescent and halogen counterparts. On top of reducing your carbon footprint, reducing the amount of energy you consume, and improving the lighting in your house, using lower wattage LED lights can also save you some money in the long run.