With modern advancements in LED lighting technology, it has become commercially available and financially possible to implement LEDs in residential homes. They offer up a variety of advantages over previous light bulbs, such as incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. The ways LED lights can improve your home are numerous and can positively affect your home’s energy consumption, to light quality, and can even increase the value of your home.
One of the most appealing benefits of incorporating LEDs into your home is the effect that it has on your monthly electricity bill. Because LEDs are far more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs, they consume far less energy.
It is a common misconception that LED bulbs, while energy-efficient, do not produce as much light as older bulbs. That is not the case, as LEDs can create a greater intensity of light with less wattage. For example, typically, an older style of light bulb—such as incandescent ones—will consume about 60 watts to produce 800 lumens of light. An LED bulb can give off the same number of lumens by only using 10 watts.
Low Heat Output
With the increased brightness that characterizes LEDs, you might think that also means that they are exceptionally hot as well. While incandescent bulbs produce light through heating a filament, which makes them incredibly hot, LEDs emit electromagnetic energy to give off their light. This results in less heat given off by LEDs, so they’re significantly cooler than their incandescent counterparts.
Due to the sturdy construction of LEDs, they last far longer than other bulbs. Incandescent bulbs have an expected life of 2,000 hours, fluorescent lights have a life of around 30,000 hours, and LEDs have an estimated life of 50,000 hours. LEDs do not sacrifice longevity for brightness—they can give the benefits of both with the disadvantages of neither.
You don’t have to limit the use of LEDs to the interior of your home; they can easily be placed on the exterior as well. For an extra layer of security, you can install motion-activated LED wall packs that cover a large area of your property in bright light. Potential criminals are discouraged from targeting homes with extensive light coverage, and there are no brighter lights commercially available than LEDs.
The Value of Your Home
All the benefits previously mentioned contribute to the overall value of your home. From increased security outside to the quality and comfort of the lights inside, LEDs improve your living experience and are a powerful tool to sell your home when the time comes.