Tuesday, October 18, 2011

LED Lights: A Great Way to Go Green

By Robert Lobitz

The green living movement is upon us all and we can all do our part to help the cause. In addition to preserving the environment green living can have a considerably positive effect on your wallet, too. You may not be tilling the soil in your backyard to grow your own veggies or leaving the grid to outfit your roof with a full solar panel but there are always steps you can take to transition to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. One of the simplest ways to do this is to use LED light bulbs. If don’t use them already you’ll want to seriously consider outfitting your house with them.

As is the case with many green options, the price can be considerable upfront but the cost benefits down the line pay for the initial dollar shedding LED light bulbs cost a bit more than incandescent light bulbs but not only do they use far less energy they last exponentially longer.

LED light bulbs can last anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 hours. This is in stark contrast to Incandescent light bulbs, which only last from 1,000 to 2,000 hours. Also, because they use far less energy to run than other light bulbs, they produce far less heat. They are actually cool to the touch and provide a much safer alternative to other light bulbs for you and especially if you have children.

Don’t be afraid to start small. Install LED’s in porch lights, lamps, and small areas like those found under cabinets and shelves. When furniture shopping consider pieces that have LED lights installed already. 

Addressing energy conservation through lighting is a simple step for anyone going green. If this is you, investing in LED lighting should be one of your top priorities. It’s one of the simplest and least costly ways we can all do our part to save energy. And when the electric bill is smaller than usual, you’ll be happy that you’re saving dollars, too. 

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