The Benefits of LED Lighting
Light-emitting diodes (or LEDs) are one of the most energy-efficient lighting options available to homeowners today. This technology has been around for decades, but only recently has it become a unique and effective way to illuminate homes and landscapes. The practicality of LED lighting lies in its energy efficiency, long-lasting diodes, and quality of light provided.
Not long ago, electricians were installing compact fluorescent lights or CFLs in place of incandescent bulbs in people’s homes. Now, LEDs are surpassing CFLs by factors comparable to the changes compact fluorescent lighting brought to houses lit with incandescent lighting.
Incandescent bulbs emit almost 90 percent of their energy as heat. While CFLs are more efficient, they emit about 80 percent of the energy they use as heat instead of light. In contrast, LED bulbs emit hardly any heat at all. They utilize most of their energy providing light output, and they use far less energy than even the most-efficient CFL bulb.
Using the national residential average of the cost of electricity per kilowatt-hour as defined by the US Department of Energy, it would only cost $1.04 to light an average Christmas tree for more than a month using LED mini-lights. It would cost more than nine times that amount if a homeowner used traditional incandescent mini-lights. Imagine this kind of savings across your home using LED lighting for every fixture, all year round.
Another key benefit of LED lighting is the incredibly lifespan of an LED bulb. Incandescent lights eventually burn out, and compact fluorescent lights can lose light output over the years. LED lights, on the other hand, can last for decades. In fact, LED light bulbs today offer an amazing 50,000-hour lifespan! Compact fluorescent bulbs can last about a fifth of that time, and incandescent bulbs far less than that.
To learn more about LED lighting, contact TLC Electrical at (817) 424-2684. We can help you understand how retrofitting your Southlake or Grapevine home with LED lighting for the holiday season and beyond can save you energy, money, and brighten your home for years to come.