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LED Lighting Products Can Save Money

In North American homes, LEDs have not caught up to incandescent lights in terms of popularity, but are becoming more and more widely used. Some sources predict that LED lighting will reach 53% global market saturation by 2020. It’s not hard to see why this type of lighting has become popular: LED lighting products come in an array of styles ranging from ones that mimic the warm light of incandescent bulbs to lighting strips and colour-changing displays. Additionally, these lights last longer and don’t fade all at once, which makes lighting replacement less of a hassle.

However, anyone looking to make the switch to LED lights may have noticed that there is a slight difference in price: LED light bulbs are more expensive than their incandescent or CFL counterparts. Is it worth it? In this post, Fluorescent Man’s lighting experts will explain why LED lights are a cost-effective, energy-efficient lighting product Calgary homeowners should consider adding to their residence. This is because LED lights last longer than incandescent lights, they use less power, and there is a wide variety of LED lights that mean you won’t be sacrificing style for quality.

Calgary Residential Lighting: LEDs Last Longer

A typical LED light lasts around 25 000 hours. On the other hand, an incandescent light lasts only about 1000 hours, with energy-saving models clocking in at about 3000 hours. With average day-to-day use, an LED light will last 3-25 times longer than a standard incandescent one.

  1. Though an LED is more expensive “upfront”, when you compare the cost to the replacement bulbs you would need to get the same amount of hours of lighting, it becomes obvious that LED lights are a cost-effective option.
  2. The purchase of a single LED light also involves less packaging and waste than the purchase of multiple incandescent bulbs, which is also for the environment.

    • Those interested in minimizing their environmental impact when it comes to disposing of their used-up Calgary lighting products might also be interested in knowing that another popular alternative to LED lights, Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) are fragile and may contain components that require them to be carefully disposed of.
    • On the other hand, LED lighting not only lasts longer than this type of alternative, but LEDs do not contain these components and are much less fragile.
  3. The fact that LED lights last much longer than incandescent and fluorescent lighting also make them a good Calgary commercial lighting option for businesses who wish to save on relamping and lighting maintenance costs.

Calgary Residential Lighting: LEDs Use Less Power

Not only does the long life of an LED light save you the cost of replacement bulbs, but LEDs are energy efficient and result in savings that can make a big difference on your energy bill, especially in Calgary where residential lighting is key when winter days get shorter.

  • LED lights are energy-efficient: while incandescent bulbs convert only 5 to 10 percent of your electricity into light; LEDs convert 60 percent of their electricity into light.
  • In fact, by replacing a home's five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have been certified with energy-efficient markers such as Energy Star, North American homeowners can save around $75 each year.

Calgary Residential Lighting: LEDs Offer Style

Even once LED lights are demonstrated to be cost-effective and energy-efficient, some homeowners still shy away from them out of fear that the light emitted by LED lights will be too cold or “clinical” looking. However, there are a range of options on the market and the help of a Calgary residential lighting expert can assist homeowners with narrowing down options. A few key characteristics to look for on any packaging include:

  • Lumens: This indicates how bright the light is. The brightness of the light can easily be matched to your current fluorescent or incandescent lights.
  • Colour Temperature: This indicates whether the light is “warm” (closer to red/orange) or “cool” (closer to white or blue). Incandescent lights are usually warm, and if this is the style of lighting you are most comfortable with, it can be a good idea to look for lighting with a colour temperature of around 2700–3000 K.

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