Here’s a bright Idea: have the lighting experts at Slusher Plumbing Heating Cooling Electric convert your home or business to LED lighting today to start saving you money. We take pride in being experts in Electrical Installation, Repairs and Replacement
LED’s are now boasting a 1 year bulb payback. Energy consumption is 91% less than incandescent bulbs! The lifespan of an LED bulb can range upwards of 20 years under normal usage. LED lighting is more dependable, efficient and adaptable than either incandescent or compact florescent bulbs. It pays to convert to LED.
What does all this mean? It means that the sooner you convert to LED lighting, the sooner the initial investment not only pays for itself, the sooner the new bulbs will start putting money back in your pocket. Even changing out complete fixtures that may have specialty bulbs have a generous payback.
LEDs come in a number of color temperatures, which are based on the color given off by heated metal. Thanks to a century of incandescents and a few millennia of candles, most people seem to prefer what we call warmer light. It is important to remember that indoor spaces lit to lower light levels will typically look and feel better under warm lamps, while higher light levels are easier to tolerate using cool lighting. A space which receives an abundance of sunlight may seem more natural when cooler lamps are installed since their light is closer to high colour temperature of natural daylight.
Finding the right color temperature for your setting can be tricky. Our suggestion before investing in a bunch of really expensive bulbs would be to have one of our technicians install a few different bulbs in the same natural lighting condition and see which one you prefer. Once you become accustomed to how the light feels in your space, we will order and install your new bulbs.
Here is a handy calculator to help you determine the return on investment of converting to LED in your home or business.
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. A Light Emitting Diode is a light source that doesn’t contain a filament or gas like other standard bulbs, but are illuminated by the movement of electrons through a semiconductor material. LED bulbs can be made smaller and are have been historically used in electronic devices because of their construction.
LED lights are not necessarily brighter than standard bulbs, but use less watts per lumen, meaning that they consume less energy while emitting the same amount of light. It is a common misconception that LED lights are brighter, most emit the same number of lumen’s as the replacement for a standard bulb, but the way in which the light is emitted makes a difference. LED lighting is more consistent, without flicker and operates consistently in low temperature applications where standard bulbs can dim. Also, LED light is often seen as brighter because the fixtures themselves focus the light beam due to the construction of the lamp itself. Finally, because LED lights are less costly to operate, users often choose a higher lumen bulb to light the space due to its lower operating cost.
The exposure to blue light has been found to be detrimental to health. The Department of Energy has found no blue-light hazard for LED bulbs used for general lighting. However, it is hard to say how much blue light we all consume from LED sources on a daily basis between phone, computer, TV, general and outdoor lighting use. A good rule is to dim lighting or avoid prolonged exposure to LED sources whenever possible until better standards and practices can be adopted.
LED bulbs can be purchased in many different colors, or warmth, and is measure by their wavelengths (color content, color rendering index) or by temperature, in Kelvin. A lower Kelvin temperature equates to a warmer, softer light and a higher Kelvin temperature equates to a cooler, brighter light. Different color lighting is better for different applications:
Ambient (general lighting) 2700-3000 Kelvin, 80+ CRI
Bathroom 4000-5000 Kelvin, 90+ CRI
Task 3500-5000 Kelvin, 90+ CRI
Many LEDs have a rated life of up to 50,000 hours. How long is that? It is approximately 50 times longer than a typical incandescent, 20-25 times longer than a typical halogen, and 8-10 times longer than a typical CFL. Used 12 hours a day, a standard in commercial applications, a 50,000 hour bulb will last more than 11 years.
LED lights are a perfect replacement for halogen down lighting. Their biggest advantage is that they run cooler, and, of course, they last longer. What isn’t as commonly know is that there is a direct LED bulb replacement for just about every halogen fixture on the market. Converting to LED is as easy a changing a light bulb in many applications. For other applications that use transformers, retrofitting may mean a small amount of rewiring, or complete fixture replacement. Overall, conversion expenses, including labor, can often often be offset by decreased power consumption of LED bulbs over a short period of time.