What you need to know about switching to LED bulbs
Switching to LED bulbs, on the surface, seems like a great way to save money on your energy bill. But there are a few things you need to know before you make the switch.
How much money will you save
LED bulbs are not cheap, but they do use less electricity and last longer than traditional light bulbs. You’re going to spend more money up-front, with the idea that you will save over the long term.
Unless you are replacing a lot of light bulbs, you won’t necessarily see huge savings in your energy bill. This post breaks down the savings for an average home:
If you switch from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs, a house with 47 light bulbs will save $42 per month.
If you switch from CFL bulbs to LED, that savings will be less than $4 a month – which is more than the cost of one bulb.
They may not work with your dimmer switch
If you want to dim your LED switches, you need to think about a couple things. Your current dimmer may not work with LED bulbs. And your LED bulbs may not work with dimmers.
You’ll have to pay attention to purchase LED bulbs that work with dimmers. And you’ll possibly need to buy new dimmers that are LED bulb-friendly.
They come in different colors
LED bulbs come in different colors – some can display a huge range of colors.
But you’ll also see the traditional white colors you know from your previous light bulbs: warm white, soft white and bright white.
You might be able to get a good deal
Thanks to rebates and subsidies from your local energy company, you may be able to pick up some bulbs on the cheap. Lowes in West Des Moines has a pack of six LED bulbs available for less than $12. You may be able to find an even better deal.
Switching to LED bulbs is a great way to reduce the amount of energy that you use, but don’t expect to see dramatic changes.
Another great way to reduce your energy bill is to install a Lennox high-efficiency furnace or air conditioner – something Kohles & Bach is happy to help you with. Give us a call at 515-278-2900.