Should I Switch to LED Lighting?
Here’s a bright idea.
After spending all that money on your new home why not save some money. The easiest way to do this when moving is to replace all the light bulbs in your house with LED ones that use 75% less energy than the standard one. These days there are so many different types of LED light bulbs that it might be hard to know what to pick. There are ones that will make your hallway bright and ones that give a nice glow to your living room. While you might be wondering what this will cost, there is good news.
When LED light bulbs first hit the market they were pricey. But now the average bulb is about $5. So if you want to save money on that electric bill each month use LED lights. There are all kinds of LED light bulbs, so here’s a guide on what ones to pick.
KINDS OF LED LIGHT BULBS
When you walk into a store these days there is an entire aisle dedicated to LED lights.
We all know what a 60-watt bulb is. But with LED it’s different.
LED lights use Lumens to measure the brightness.
For example, a 100-watt bulb would be about 1,600 Lumens.
But these days most packages will have the watt equivalent on the package to make this easy.
With LED bulbs there are so many options to give off a cool or warm glow. You have to ask yourself what you want for your home.
Just remember, the higher the number on the bulb the brighter it will be.
So if you want a nice look when you are getting ready in the morning, look for an LED bulb that will be around 800 Lumens.
12V LED LIGHTS FOR HOME USE
While you are shopping in the store you will see some 12V LED lights.
So, what are these?
Well, they are perfect for many uses in your home. Often these LED lights are great for cabinet lighting. This also is a great way to light up the outside of your home.
While 12V light strips are great for your kitchen, they may not be for your entire house.
But they are perfect for accent lighting.
COMMERCIAL LED OFFICE LIGHITNG
These days many people work from home. And to make sure you have proper lighting in an office setting you should trying using commercial LED office lighting.
So, what’s the difference?
Commercial lighting is what you see in many office settings. The light fixtures are about 4 feet long and attach to the ceiling.
Since you want to create a good work environment, you might want to consider this type of lighting to give you plenty of brightness to do your job.
One thing to consider is the size of your space you will be working in.
If you decide to use lamps to light your office, you will want a brighter bulb.
You also don’t want to make the room too bright, but something you can work in.
WHY SWITCH TO LED?
If you have ever touched an LED light bulb you will notice it does not give off much heat.
There is little energy loss from this bulb.
While the cost up front of an LED light bulb is more than the standard incandescent bulb the savings will be for years.
A standard light bulb lasts about 2,000 hours. An LED light bulb will last about 10 times that long or about 20,000 hours.
Another reason to switch to LED is to help the environment. Many lights that are fluorescent use mercury.
And they need special handling when discarded.
LED lights do not.
NOW HIRE THE BEST
If you are moving to the San Francisco area, why not hire a trusted and reputable mover. Call North Bay Moving and Storage at 415-479-5515.
For more post-move home improvement tips, check out this article about maintaining a wood-burning fireplace from our friends at American Moving & Storage.