I am concerned about utility bills, especially in the cooler months when we rely more on heat and lighting. Though we spend most of our days at work or running errands, my family and I do enjoy the time we have together at home, and we want to be comfortable. Naturally, we have explored various options for conserving energy and “greening” our home. Energy efficient lighting made the list first, mainly because it seemed the simplest and least expensive to accomplish. I figured we would by some special light bulbs and we wouldn’t have to pay too much when the bills arrived. It me amazed, therefore, to learn how much more there is to green lighting.
For example, I didn’t realize that LED lights in particular are more energy efficient than standard light bulbs and even the spiral-shaped CFL bulbs you’ll find in the home improvement stores now. LED, which stands for “light emitting diode,” releases light in such a manner that less heat is generated. As kids we may have been tempted to touch a lighted bulb on a dare and singed our fingers. With LED lights, you don’t have that problem because the heat does not radiate outward with the light, but is recessed back. The light therefore doesn’t work as hard as standard bulbs, and you ultimately save on your bills.
One advantage to this style of lighting is that it’s more versatile than standard and CFL bulbs. The LED light may be smaller and more flexible in your home design. Rather than have one large overhead setup that holds four screw-in bulbs, you can install LED recess lighting at certain points around your rooms and that one bulb will radiate the light outward with a wider reach. With little to no heat emitted, your HVAC system will not need to work hard to keep your rooms cool.
LED lighting offers you the opportunity to save on home utility through a unique design and functionality. Bright illumination coupled with low heat creates a comfortable atmosphere that won’t dent your bank account.