We’ve recently begun to change our light bulbs from the CFL bulbs we’ve used for a couple of years now to the even more energy efficient LED variety. Because we have a lot of lights in our home and LED bulbs are pricey, we are making the transition slowly and beginning with the lights that are most used. To date we’ve replaced the recessed lighting in the living room and kitchen and the bulbs in some of our table lamps. We will continue to make our transition over time and in order to help us make our decision to switch we used this calculator: http://www.ledwaves.com/led-calc/ which you may find helpful as well.
Price ranges for the same watt bulbs vary so it pays to do your research before purchasing. We found, for our recessed lights, the best price to be found was from Costco. A search on “LED light bulbs” (which I conducted for replacement bulbs in other fixtures) will call up numerous sites with varying prices and I found it to be rather overwhelming. I searched about 5 sites and made my choice from among those 5 sites.
Led bulbs last a lot longer than incandescent bulbs and longer than CFLs and they don’t have any hazards associated with disposal as do CFLs because of their mercury content. Another feature we appreciate about LED vs CFL is that the bulbs don’t require time to “warm up” and are instantly glowing at full power when turned on. We have had problems with CFL lights in outdoor locations during cold weather due to their not operating well in lower temperatures but we’ve not experienced any difficulty with the LEDs.
We won’t be replacing ALL of the bulbs in our house immediately. The initial cost factor is prohibitive and the disposal of CFL bulbs is problematic. Our intention is to keep the CFLs in fixtures that are not regularly used for long periods at a time until they need to be replaced some years in the future. We will also replace our outdoor CFL flood lights in order to gain better lighting performance in cold weather.
By October 1, 2016 incandescent bulbs will be banned in the U.S. If you slowly begin replacing yours now with more energy efficient LEDs, you can avoid the sticker shock of having to replace all of your bulbs at once and start enjoying the savings immediately.
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