Serving Central Arkansas since 1988

L.E.D Lights: Are they worth the investment?


L.E.D Lights: Are they worth the investment?

Chances are, you won’t be the first homeowner to be found scratching your head in the lighting aisle of your local home improvement store pondering over the added expense of LED bulbs. Rapidly replacing incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescents, are LED bulbs worth the cost?

 In it for the Long Haul

Homeowners searching for ways to save energy with inexpensive home improvements often find themselves looking to lighting when it’s time for an upgrade. And though LED light bulbs are not the magic bullet for ending your energy cost woes, they do make sense in certain situations. LED bulbs should be purchased for the long run. If you’re staying in your house for the next few years, investing in LED bulbs makes wise financial sense. However, if you plan on making annual or more frequent moves, they probably aren’t worth the investment.

 In What Cases are LED Bulbs Worth It?

The longer bulb life and reduced energy consumption might be worth it in the following scenarios…

For those areas that see frequent foot traffic (and those parents tired of chasing down light switches after kids) LED bulbs offer far more efficient operation, using 75 percent less energy than incandescent and 50 percent less than CFLs, and making them a good choice for rooms that see frequent lighting use. Which places in your home offer the most bang for the buck when it comes to LED upgrades?

Frequent use areas of the home such as; kitchens, living room, bathroom, outdoor lighting or if you have a light fixture that is hard to access such as cathedral ceilings or spider infested outdoor lighting. Every home has a fixture or two where homeowners dread changing the bulb. Since LED bulbs last 25-times longer than incandescent and about 3-times longer than CFLs, they can be a sanity saver here.

Those looking to reduce their carbon footprint and help Mother Earth no matter how infinitesimal the contribution may prefer switching to LED bulbs despite the added cost. However, if this is you, you should know earth metals and other components of LED bulbs can offset this ‘green’ factor.

 The key to a smart LED purchase lies in understanding that to recoup your investment, you have to think long term. The typical payback period of LED bulbs ranges from about 12-18-months on your run-of-the-mill incandescent/CFL replacement. However pricier specialty bulbs, such as those for bathroom vanities and ceiling fan fixtures can cost quite a bit more, taking as many as four years to payback. At $5 a bulb, and about 20-40 bulbs within the average home, your out-of-pocket investment of $100-200+ could leave your pockets empty for a while. If you aren’t planning on remaining in your current home for this amount of time, the superior efficiency and lifespan of LED bulbs won’t be of much help to you.

 Looking for better lighting options? From light bulbs to dimmer switches, occupancy sensors, and complete fixture replacement, McGrew Service Company can help brighten your day. Give us a call if you have any questions at 866-4McGrew!

Categories:Residential Electric Service

Tags:LED Lights, World's Greatest Electrician, Arkansas Electrician, Saving money, Energy Efficient

Comments: No comments yet

By Dan D.

McGrew Service Company has treated me very well from the first time we met. All of their product options were presented to me in an easy to understand manner and it became very easy to make the right choices for our situation. Scot W. did my 3 month maintenance on my Generac 20KW unit. He explained the entire procedure to me and answered all of my questions. It's so obvious and comforting to know that my generator is in such capable hands. The only negative I can come up with, and this is a stretch, is that, McGrew waited for me to contact them about scheduling my 3 month free first maintenance. I was under the impression that they would have scheduled me ahead of time or at least called to get me scheduled - but again - I don't consider this to be a big deal at all. I know I made the right choice with McGrew Service Company. If anyone out there is contemplating a generator purchase, I highly recommend McGrew.