Are LED light bulbs really better And what is the difference between LED bulbs versus regular bulbs anyway in this video I help you simplify Choosing the right LED light bulbs and how you can save money on energy bills Stick around to the end of the video for a hot tip on how to save 10 to 20% off your utility bill this month I'm wrong Lyons.
Mr Clean Energy author and energy expert making sustainable living hip affordable and fun for the latest tips strategies and reviews on reducing your energy costs eco-friendly products to help you save money while going green and Organic chemical free solutions for better health be sure to subscribe and hit that belt to be notified with new videos weekly buying a simple light bulb is not so simple anymore as Technology has advanced and environmental awareness has increased energy efficiency has become a hot topic I think by now it's common knowledge that choosing the right light bulb could drastically reduce your power bills and positively affect the environment but Which one should you choose? This video will help you understand the difference between incandescent compact fluorescent or CFLs and light-emitting diode or LEDs light bulbs So choosing a bulb can be simple again? part of the confusion with LED bulbs versus incandescent or even LED bulbs versus CFL is the new terminology we've had to learn and although it can be confusing if you Understand each of the terms that it can actually become quite simple Let's talk about the first two terms pertaining to light bulbs that seem to have people the most confused watts and Lumens a watt refers to the amount of energy required to power a bulb Unfortunately over the years with incandescent bulbs The number of watts has become synonymous with the level of brightness Even though a watt really does not tell you anything more than the amount of power necessary to light the bulb lumens on the other hand indicates the actual amount of light emitted by the bulb and This is a key point to understand the value of a light bulb for example a typical incandescent 40 watt light bulb draws 40 watts of power and provides about 400 lumens of brightness a CFL requires 9 to 13 watts and an LED light bulb uses 6 to 7 watts to provide that same 400 lumens so now it's using LEDs you'll understand the lumens is and what you want to look for and not the watts Check out this chart to help you understand how to compare lumens with watts when choosing your LEDs So this is the first point I want to make about the value of LED light bulbs since they require Less Lots to produce the same amount of light or lumens Obviously if you start doing some math based on how many light bulbs are around your house LEDs are the clear winner over incandescent and even CFLs when it comes to energy efficiency Until recent years most homes used incandescent light bulbs might included which emit light by generating heat on a tungsten element unfortunately 90% of the power required to provide their brightness is emitted in heat rather than visible light because of this massive and efficiency incandescent bulbs are gradually being phased out and In the United States will actually be banned in 2020 Well not actually ban, but it'll be illegal to sell them in California that actually has already passed starting January 1st of this year 2018 you can still buy them if the store has them in stock But once they're sold out that's it CFLs have been the rising star in the past decade but LED bulbs are starting to surpass them because they require as little as half the power and Last many times longer than a CFL the average lifespan of CFLs is about 8000 hours Whereas LED bulbs are twenty five thousand hours and above costs for LED bulbs continue to go down and although you can buy cheap ones for a little more than two dollars the Average price overall ranges from around four dollars to ten dollars depending on the application Whereas CFLs average about two dollars to two dollars and fifty cents now I don't recommend just going out and buying the cheapest LED bulbs because You don't want your home to feel like walking into a doctor's office, but we'll get to that in a moment The reality is if you look at cost Versus lifespan and work out the math LED light bulbs are the clear winner in terms return-on-investment Here's another chart to help you visualize those differences Now to understand LED light benefits fully it's important to understand the difference between LED and CFL LED light bulbs produce light when an electric current passes through them called Electro luminescence.
The light-emitting diode is a semiconductor Which has a negative side with electrons in excess and a positive side with holes missing those electrons when the right voltage is introduced the excess electrons move from the negative side of the semiconductor and fills the holes of the positive side releasing energy as light photons which requires very little heat in CFL bulbs an electric current flows between electrodes at each end of a gas-filled tube the reaction creates ultraviolet light and heat which is then changed into light when it hits a phosphorus coating of the bulbs interior This process takes anywhere from 32 seconds to 3 minutes to complete According to Energy Star which is why it can seem as if your CFL light takes a while to be fully lit Now this gas is toxic and can be dangerous if inhaled Not exactly environmentally friendly LED lights Not only a free free mercury But they are also pretty durable and even if you drop one or bump it chances are it will still work just fine Have you ever dropped a CFL bulb? I have I can assure you from personal experience That it doesn't take much for it to basically Explode and cleaning it up is even more challenging because all you can think about is am I gonna get poisoned? Now chances are you're not gonna die But what about the millions of mercury filled bulbs that are in our trash all over the world? This is where you have to consider.
What's right for our planet if you've used LED bulbs in your home comment below with a big.
Yes and let me know if you have seen any changes in your electric bill here are five key points to keep in mind when looking at the difference between LED bulbs and other bulbs number one as we Discovered LEDs emit little heat in contrast incandescent bulbs released 90 percent of their energy as heat CFLs release about 80 percent of their energy as heat according to energy gov Number two another LED light benefit is that because they emit light in a specific direction They don't need diffusers or reflectors that trap lights, which also helps increase LED efficiency Number three LED lights according to the Department of Energy could save about three hundred and forty-eight terawatt-hours of electricity the equivalent of annual electric output a forty four electric power plants at 1, 000 megawatts each that's a total savings of more than thirty billion dollars at today's electricity prices number for the same LED string of holiday lights could still be in use forty holiday seasons from now according to energy gov Number five you always want to look for Energy Star rated bulbs to ensure maximum lifespan and efficiency the typical energy star rated let LED bulb will last two to four times longer than incandescent lighting and use 75% less energy Plus they generally have the longer warranties Finally let's look at what's called CRI or color rendering index as well as the color temperature referred To as Kelvin scale.
I mentioned earlier that you don't want to just look for the cheapest deal on LED bulbs, right? And that's because the cheapest ones usually will not have the best CRI or Calvin rating.
Normally they'd be Energy Star rated for maximum efficiency They'll typically have a lower CRI and a higher color temperature that emits more blue light Making it bright and colder just take doctor's office and you know what I'm talking about CRI is rated up to a hundred with 100 being the same rating as the Sun Which allows you to see the full color spectrum and view all colors in their proper form now This is where things get a bit confusing So just understand that CRI has nothing to do with brightness or temperature It simply allows you to see colors in the way.
They are meant to be seen regardless of how bright the light is However, the color temperature makes a big difference in a personal comfort with warmer temperatures being the best for home and colder temperatures typically as seen in retail shops and doctors offices just think about candles and how they set the mood when lit This is probably too warm for general living purposes, obviously, but that gives you the idea of warmth There's actually a lot of speculation as to the long-term health of higher kelvin rated lights But we won't get into that here besides to say you just don't want those in your home So when you're looking at LED bulbs? you'll want to look at balls with a CRI of 80 or above so that you can see true colors and You want to have warmer temperatures in the range of 2500 to 3000 Kelvin? especially inside your home you could use a higher Kelvin rating like 5000 in your garage or outside the house for your safety light or even in certain areas in the kitchen Here's a chart to give you a visual of the Kelvin rating You can also view this chart and the lumens chart in the description below for your reference I've also included some links in the description below for you to check out some of the LED lights.
I Purchased for my home that are very affordable and still meet the CRI and calvin requirements the bottom line Sometime in the very near future You probably won't be able to buy any more incandescent light bulbs.
Even if you wanted to if you're not one to embrace change That might seem depressing.
However, you've got three options Number one run out to the store and stock up on a few decades worth of the cheap and efficient bulbs You're used to which will continue to cost hundreds of dollars more per year number two slowly replace burnt-out bulbs with low-cost CFLs while taking special care to dispose of those in the next 10 years down the road because of the mercury or three Gradually replace your old bulbs with LEDs that may last you lifetime Obviously personally I would choose what's behind door number three Priceless for LEDs are lower than they've ever been and continue to get more competitive and they're the most durable Efficient home lighting option on the market today.
It's hard to argue against a product that more than pays for itself in energy savings and Might last you the rest of your life You don't have to make a huge commitment Now if you want you can upgrade some more efficient lighting one room at a time like I did or as old light bulbs burn Out just replace them or start with installing an LED light bulb in a hard-to-reach spot like any of your cathedral ceiling lights Since you won't have to replace it for many years anyway There's no right or wrong way to make the switch.
But the sooner you do the sooner.
You'll start saving One side note if you have dimmer switches, be sure to get the LED bulbs that are dimmable Now you have the right information to make buying LED light bulbs simple and easy Hopefully you have a better idea about the difference between LED bulbs versus regular bulbs.
I Promised you that if you stuck around I would share with you my hot tip for saving 10 to 20 percent on Your energy bill.
Well, here it is This little handy guy is called a kilowatt device if you know what this is Here's a good close-up of it then great.
You already know what to do if not This device will tell you exactly how much appliances and household electronics are sucking up energy Even when they're off in case you haven't heard phantom or vampire load can suck energy even when your electronics part off Start with your TV and cable box If you have one also Check your router and modem then get on over to your other larger appliances Once you see how much power they're sucking in right here You can then determine which items to unplug when you aren't home or not using them and you can see a reduction of up to 10% or even more depending on your home this month before you do any other upgrades? you can also check the actual draw of light bulbs and Hetal electronics to see if they're really joining the energy they say they're supposed to I Also have a detailed video on how to use the kilowatt device where I show you Exactly how you can save money on your utility bill this month So you can click on the video right up there at the top of this video or by clicking on the link in the description below also to join a community of people just like you I have a Facebook page where you get more answers and resources for living a cleaner smarter healthier life Just click on the link below to join if you like this video as always, please let me know by liking it below Subscribe and share it with your friends who want to learn how to live a cleaner smarter healthier life Also comment below if you found this video helpful to you or you want to share some additional insight I always love a good story.
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