There are things in life that make us want to go back in time, fast, and just stay in childhood forever. At least that’s what I feel like in certain situations, so I think hey, if I do go back, I’d be in good company, I’d stay with Peter Pan. I’m sure I’m not the only one when I say paying bills is one of those situations; just seeing money flying off as soon as I get my monthly salary is not a pleasing sight. Though promotions at work may seem like the saviour, you can’t always count on them. Along with trying to adopt a rather minimal lifestyle (or at least spend time in attempts), what’s one to do to make pay time less dreadful?
After a period of trials and errors, then eventually success, in improving insulation, getting in the habit of not leaving plugged appliances when not in use, the next prudent step to do in trying to cut down the electricity expenses was a complete change of lighting. Giving up traditional lighting didn’t seem as painful as pulling off the band-aid as others have warned me, thanks to the variety of residential LED lighting options, whether it’s downlights, strip, batten, spotlights or floodlights. Now you may ask why I didn’t opt for CFL instead, as LEDs have been considered the expensive variant for quite some time, but this is just it.
Unlike when LEDs first appeared, with the help of latest technology and large scale productions, they’ve come to a range of prices that are affordable, meaning they’re something many can welcome in their homes now. Apart from this pro, LEDs are simply made to last longer. While some last from 20.000 up to 50.000 hours, there are LED bulbs that can last over 100.000, which means they work twice as long as fluorescent bulbs, and about twenty times longer than incandescent bulbs; talk about durability and savings! They’re easy maintenance which is part of their charm, and by switching to LEDs completely, you’d forget what changing bulbs is like.
Considering LEDs don’t need time to get to full brightness upon start-up, this is another advantage over CFL, and you can forget about bulb noise as they don’t hum. While CFL use 25 to 35% less energy than incandescent bulbs, LEDs use up to 75% less so there’s no reason to doubt residential LED lighting can help you save money in the long run. Incandescent release 90% of their energy as heat, CFL 80% whereas LEDs emit very little amount of heat, which goes to show when you make the switch to LEDs you’d also get to save on heating and cooling costs. And, let’s not get over the fact CFL contain mercury…
If you want to make an eco-friendly choice, and cease to get badly surprised by the amount of electricity bills you have to pay, LEDs are the way to go. Who knows, when you do make the switch, you may end up getting inspired like me, to implement more eco-friendly choices in life.