One of the easiest ways to reduce energy consumption in your home is by switching your light bulbs to LED. Advancements in the technology means that today's LED light bulbs give a warm and clear light very similar to incandescent light bulbs but with an energy efficiency that rivals even that of compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs.
Yes, while the upfront cost of LED bulbs is higher than CFLs and incandescents, your longterm payback in energy savings will exceed the initial cost over the years of use. And best of all, if you are in Ontario, saveONenergy has 2 coupons available to download and print!
My top reasons to choose LED light bulbs over other options:
- Energy savings. This chart compares LEDs, CFLs and incandescents.
- Good quality light and more types of bulbs now available.
- No need to change out light bulbs for many years. This is great for those hard-to-reach fixtures!
- No harmful chemicals. CFLs contain a small amount of mercury.
- Durable. LEDs are made out of plastic, not glass. I specifically switched out all my table lamps to LEDs when my daughter was born just to reduce the danger if she should knock one of them over.
I recently came across this article from LEDLights.co.uk which gives some tips for adding LEDs to your DIY projects. Here is one of the graphics they created to explain how to use LED in standard rooms.
The article also gives tips on ways to use LEDs in loft conversion projects, garages and sheds and gives some technical advice on installation. Check it out!
Of course it should be noted that we are talking electricity here people so if you are not comfortable or knowledgeable about this stuff, please seek out a professional. Safety first!
The best part about LED light bulbs is they can usually be swapped out for CFLs or incandescents in most light fixtures. If you are looking to update your lighting and would like some help choosing fixtures that are compatible with LEDs, contact us, we would be happy to help!