Everyone, it seems, is in pursuit of finding more green and energy efficient ways to live their lives. One of the first things that people think about is energy costs and how they can reduce the price they pay out each month for utilities. One of those ways is by utilizing battery LED lights for the home.
LED bulbs use 75 – 90% less energy than equivalent incandescent bulbs.
More Lumens = More Light
When shopping for more energy efficient bulbs, here are a few simple conversions that can give you the right amount of lumens, which is what is used instead of watts.
100 Watt Bulb = 1,600 Lumens
60 Watt Bulb = 800 Lumens
40 Watt Bulb = 450 Lumens
Look for Energy Star Bulbs and choose the color which best suits your needs when replacing incandescent bulbs with LED’s. If you like a warm, soft light, go with warm white or soft white. If you are used to a more intense white light, go with a cooler white, also called natural white. If you like the kind of light that is ever present on a sunny day under blue skies, consider going with natural or daylight colors. This range of light has also shown that it can help improve mood and other symptoms in those that suffer from seasonal affective disorder or SAD.
The environmental impacts of using more energy efficient lights are vast. On average, lighting within the home is 25% of a utility bill. If more households change from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs, that would save the average homeowner a substantial amount of money. Some may bemoan about the initial cash outlay in installing LED bulbs in place of incandescent and even compact fluorescents or CFL’s. An incandescent bulb lass approximately 2000 hours before it burns out and must be replaced. A compact fluorescent or CFL will last approximately 20,000 hours before it needs to also be replaced. By comparison, an LED light will burn up to 50,000 hours or what is the equivalent of up to 1 /3 of an average human life span!
Additional benefits of using LED lights as far as cost and energy savings is that with LED lights, there are no infrared or UV emissions that can add to environmental costs. This in turn reduces the Co2 output and the carbon footprint of the entire household. There is less wasted heat with LED bulbs because they run far cooler than incandescent and even CFL’s. These energy savings in many cases reduces the energy usage for a family of four as much as 90 per cent. Reducing the energy usage also reduces the carbon footprint of that household and further protects the environment.
Battery LED lights for homes can be even more energy efficient and last even longer, needing only to have the battery recharged. If you make use of rechargeable batteries that are good for hundreds of charges, you can save even more on energy costs. You can add battery powered lights that are self-contained and that do not add to any energy bill – such as lights that utilize batteries charged by the light of the sun. Whether you use them to light the entire room or as an accent there is a choice for nearly every home and every budget. For example, using LED flameless candles have become very popular over recent years.
The wax exterior of flameless candles gives the appearance of actual candles, but because they have battery-operated LED light inside, it makes them both energy efficient and safe to use anywhere in the home. Even the holidays have seen such a success in the conversion to LED lights that some utility companies and home supply stores are offering trade-in deals for homes that switch to LED from traditional incandescent bulbs. This makes both the holidays merry and bright and helps the environmental outlook to be a little brighter, too.