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While it is true the incandescent light bulb brought light to a dark world, it lacks the efficiency required today. With energy production increasingly expensive, light bulbs need to be energy efficient and longer lasting. The LED light bulb provides energy efficiency and a long service life. While the LED light bulb is relatively new, it is an extremely efficient means of lighting. If you require the installation of new light fixtures, or other electrical services, contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL.
LED’s are a great substitute for incandescent bulbs. They are rated to last 25,000 hours or at least 22 years, depending on the hours of use. Furthermore, LED’s consume a fraction of the energy of incandescent bulbs. While LED light bulbs cost more, you should consider the energy costs of a bulb using 80% less energy than an incandescent and lasting 22 years, to the cost of a bulb that consumes greater energy, and last one year in the case of an incandescent, and an average of five years for a CFL. The LED is hands down the winner in energy efficiency and longevity, and is available for almost any need. If you are in need of lighting installation, contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL today.
If you live in an older home with outdated light fixtures, LED lighting can be better for older wiring as it draws less wattage. However, older light fixtures will probably need replacement. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL for installation of light fixtures and/or wiring replacement.
Quality of Light Requires Different Thinking
Most of us are used to buying light bulbs according to its wattage, and it was an effective means for incandescent bulbs. For incandescent bulbs, wattage gave you an expectation of brightness, with LED bulbs this expectation will not work. When purchasing LED bulbs, you will have to know the Lumens you require. The lumen is the actual measurement of brightness. The following shows the watt-lumen conversion for incandescent and LED bulbs:
|2600 lm||150 W||25 – 28 W|
|1600 lm||100 W||16 – 20 W|
|1100 lm||75 W||9 – 13 W|
|800 lm||60 W||8 – 12 WW|
|450 lm||40 W||6 – 9 W|
This guide is helpful in your selection of LED bulbs, and it reveals how much energy you can save by changing to LED bulbs. For example, if you have been using 100 W incandescent bulbs in your kitchen, you will need to purchase 16 to 20 watt LED bulbs to replace them. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical services you need.
LED lights are a solution for those with solar power and little or no battery backup. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL for lighting installation.
Initially, it will cost more to purchase LED bulbs, though you should keep in mind that under normal circumstances, it lasts for an average of 22 years and saves you money on energy. Just how much will you save? If you purchase a 20-watt LED bulb, you will save 80 watts per hour of use. In other words, an incandescent bulb will cost you five times as much to operate as an LED bulb.
The Color of Light
Incandescent bulbs produce a warm, yellow tinted hue, whereas LEDs are available in a wide range of colors. While the Phillips Hue LED light bulb can produce an incredibly broad range of colors, the most popular colors among LED bulbs are warm white, soft white and bright white.
Warm white and soft white produce a yellow hue, quite similar to an incandescent bulb, while bright white LED’s produce a whiter light, closer to daylight and similar to the lighting in retail stores.
The cost of LED bulbs is coming down, though your investment in LED’s is still higher than incandescent bulbs. Over the life of an LED bulb, when you consider your energy savings LED ultimately is the best bargain.
However, if the cost is prohibitive for the switch, at least consider replacing incandescent bulbs with LED light bulbs on those lights you use the most, and those that require a ladder to change. After all, climbing that ladder every 20 years or so (depending on hours used) sure beats climbing it once a year, and that is a fact any homeowner can appreciate. In addition, if you need lighting installation for those areas requiring a ladder, and are uncomfortable or unable to do so safely, contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL for fixture replacement, installation or repair.
LED light bulbs can be complicated to select when you consider the full spectrum of alternatives available. Of importance to consider is the type of fixture required. For example, if the light fixture is fully enclosed, as in a jelly-jar porch fixture, you will need an LED bulb rated as safe for use in an enclosed fixture. Furthermore, you may need to contact an electrician in Huntsville, AL for LED lights utilizing a dimmer. In addition, you may need to purchase a dimmable LED bulb. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the installation you need.
Consumers should purchase name brand bulbs, as cheaper LED’s will not achieve the promised lifespan. The adage of “you get what you pay for” is especially true with LED lighting.
It should also be stated that not every LED light bulb can be used in every type of fixture, a ceiling fan, for example; will require a specific type of LED bulb. If you plan to hire an electrician for installing new light fixtures, and are ready to make the switch to Led lighting, contact a Mister Sparky licensed electrician. We can assist you in the selection of LED light bulbs, and install the light fixture that you need. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL has the expertise you can rely on, and offers a wide range of electrical services for your convenience. We serve the North Alabama region, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.