Making the Switch to LEDThursday 26th September 2013 03:02pm
In the coming years, incandescent and CFL (compact fluorescent lights) globes are going to be difficult to find at many stores, with consumers being heavily encouraged to switch to LED bulbs as a more suitable and "green" replacement. Many people have already made the switch, having learned about the massive benefits gained by using LEDs instead of incandescent bulbs. If you arent yet familiar with LED bulbs and are worried about what you need to do in order to make the switch, there is no cause for concern. Switching to LED is much easier than you think. In a lot of situations, it is simply a matter of purchasing LED bulbs, and removing your incandescent bulbs from their fixtures, and replacing them with the LED bulbs.
Most LED bulbs have been manufactured to fit existing light fittings and lamps, and so people can just replace incandescent bulbs in a matter of minutes. There has been a large amount of advance notice regarding the phase out of incandescent bulbs, which is often circulated in home improvement stores, on the Internet on various sites about lighting, and on the occasional news story. This has been done mainly to encourage consumers to make the switch early, and also to allow consumers to learn more about LED bulbs and why they are better than incandescent bulbs.
To put it simply, LED bulbs are better for the environment, consume much less energy, contain no mercury, last many years longer, and produce light in a more efficient manner. However, what many also don't realize is that some incandescent bulbs will still be available for purchase; the catch is that manufacturers who wish to produce incandescent bulbs for purchase must make them at least 25% more energy efficient than the incandescent bulbs that have previously been available.
But with all the benefits that can be gained by LED lights, it makes sense to make the move away from incandescent bulbs and many consumers have already decided to adopt LED bulbs early to take full advantage of the energy savings and improved lighting.
If you are interested in making the switch, then you'll want to be aware of a few facts that can help you make an informed decision on which LED bulbs to purchase. Firstly, don't be afraid of the initial price of the LED bulbs; the savings on your electric bill and in replacement bulbs will more than make up for the upfront cost of the bulb. For example you can replace a 60W incandescent bulb with an LED equivalent that would use only 9watts. That is less then 1/6th the power consumption and best of all it is 1/6th the cost to run.
A great way to start is to just focus on one or two rooms to switch out the bulbs. In this way, you can begin to see how the LED bulbs provide a different yet more efficient type of lighting. You'll also grow more accustomed to the different wattage and color temperature ratings of LED bulbs so that you'll better understand what to look for in a bulb in the future when you switch out your remaining bulbs. Many packages already include information comparing the wattage of LED bulbs to those of incandescent, so that you can pick the proper replacement.