Home Owners Can Switch to LED Lighting Cost-Effectively

Know what to look for to make the switch to LEDS

By Pervaiz Lodhie

LED lighting is everywhere, and home owners know that it is wise to change out their old, Incandescent, Halogen or Fluorescent bulbs for both environmental and economic reasons.

If they do buy the cheap or consumer-grade LED products, there will be a quality problem and many bulb failures. If it’s a quality product and they are willing to invest in the cost, then they are finding out that it is a very healthy return on their investment. Most can see the cost savings down the road, but to start, it can be expensive to change everything at once.

With this in mind, what can we do to help consumers get the final result they want as cost-effectively as possible? As LED lighting experts, we need to do our part in educating home owners.

Start with a Small, LED Project at Home

To start, I suggest home owners pick out one or two rooms in their homes where the lights are on most of the time. They will probably find that most of the bulbs are in the kitchen or family room, or a room a child uses frequently, and that’s it. Then, they can focus on changing the old technology and energy-hungry-bulbs to very low power, cool-vision-friendly, LED bulbs in those rooms only. It will make the most difference in the reduction in energy use, and they will see their electric bills dramatically reduced at a very fast pace.

Look at the Color Temperature

And when starting the process of changing old bulbs to LED lights, it’s also important for consumers to look at the predominant, color temperatures of the walls, décor, floor, furniture, artwork, or painting in each room. For example, white, grey, blue, and silver tones in the room would come alive with Cool or Pure White LED bulbs in the 5000K to 6000K color temperature. Or, Natural White or Daylight White LED bulbs in 3800K to 4200K color temperature would work where you have a mixture of colors from blues, grey, whites, red, green, orange, yellow, etc. And then, Warm color LED bulbs in the 2500K to 3000K color temperature work where most of your décor is brown, maroon and red tones, or there are dark wood floors or wall paneling and wall colors in the warm shades.

Remember, it’s not the light that LEDs produce. It’s the light reflected from the objects it hits that enhances those colors. When you see the different color temperatures, it’s the light reflecting off of the walls and surfaces in the room. That enhances your décor.

Additional LED Points for Home Owners

Another key point to remember when replacing old bulbs is to see if the light coming out of the bulb is going to the right direction and has the right beam-size. Old light bulbs give out a high percentage of light which is just light pollution. With LED bulbs and choosing the appropriate beam angles, you direct the light to the places and objects like sofas, tables, curtains, and paintings while reducing the amount of light where it is not necessary like empty walls, ceilings, etc. This way your room comes alive, and you get maximum energy reduction.

Once home owners establish these things along with the wattage of the bulb, or how bright it should be, etc., they can make better decisions about their LED lighting choices and save a great deal of money in the process.

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Posted at All LED Lighting, 6/12/13

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