If you are looking for LED lights, there are a few things to remember when picking out your bulbs. We know that it is so easy to get online and find the cheapest ones online, but sometimes the cheapest doesn’t mean the best… well, most of the time, that is the case. So, as you guys know, we love DIY LED projects you can do at home; we will show you what checklists we use when trying to find lights for our projects.
The best LED lights will save you money, make your project glow, and last a long time. Follow our tips to find the best LED lights near you that are best for your projects.
- Look for LED lights that are ENERGY STAR certified
- Find out if your local utility company offers any rebates or discounts on LED light bulbs
- Compare the prices of different brands of LED light bulbs
- Choose the right size and shape of LED light bulb for your needs
- Install the LED light bulbs following the manufacturer’s instructions
- Frequently Asked Questions
Look for LED lights that are ENERGY STAR certified
It is no secret that energy efficiency has become a priority for many households ( because who doesn’t like saving money?). LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are one of the most energy-efficient lighting options. Not only do they consume up to 90% less electricity than incandescent bulbs, but also their lifespan is significantly longer; in some cases, an LED bulb can last up to 25 times longer! So pretty much, as soon as you switch to LED lights you are going to start saving money because they use less electricity. Then you add the lifetime length versus traditional lights and you will again be coming out ahead. So really, there isn’t a reason to stay with old school lights when it comes time to replace your bulbs.
Find out if your local utility company offers any rebates or discounts on LED light bulbs
LED light bulbs are an energy-efficient and cost-effective way to improve your home’s lighting while helping reduce your monthly electricity bills. If you think of switching to LED bulbs, you may want to check with your local utility company first. Many utility providers offer discounts or rebates for customers switching from traditional to LED lighting. We have actually been really lucky actually, and there was a rebate for us to not only change some bulbs but also add additional incentives to switch to better heating and cooling options.
We really can’t recommend this enough, because it will save you even more money in the long run. Although We know that you will need to spend some money up front, but we noticed a huge difference in our electric bills and we aren’t going to say it was the LED lights not the heat pump, we know that LED lights will at the very least last a lot longer. And this keeps our garbage lower and will save a bit of money monthly.
Compare the prices of different brands of LED light bulbs
LED light bulbs offer tremendous value compared to traditional bulbs and fluorescent lighting, boasting longer lifespans, brighter illumination, and considerably lower energy costs. However, choosing the right LED bulbs can be challenging with a vast array of options on the market. To make your life easier, we suggest that you take a look at prices among different brands. In general, the bigger the name the bigger the price, but we have often seen these bulbs go on sale for a lot less. I guess they have higher margins up front so they have more space for a discount when they go on sale. We did find that buying cheaper bulbs didn’t work out for us in the long run….
This is because cheaper LED bulbs may lack features such as dimming capabilities or longevity – so you might be saving a bit of money upfront but will probably be giving up some features and lifespan. Our favorites, if you don’t need a dimmable LED, are these lights from Sylvania as they have lasted over a year and are still going strong.
Choose the right size and shape of LED light bulb for your needs
Finding the right LED light bulb for your needs can seem like a daunting task but it is probably the easiest thing to do. When choosing an LED bulb, there are several factors to consider, including size, shape, and brightness. Bulbs come in a variety of sizes and shapes to suit different lighting requirements.
Knowing the size of your existing fixture is an important first step in selecting the appropriate light bulb. Then it’s time to look at the shape of the bulb— manufacturers will typically give the shape of their bulbs in terms such as ‘globe’, ‘candle’ or ‘reflector’. The brighter you want your lights to be, the higher number of lumens you should buy. Many bulbs also have adjustable settings from low intensity to bright white light, allowing you to customize your lighting experience and avoid wasting energy. With a little research and knowledge, you can find an LED bulb that perfectly meets your needs and budget!
So really, when you get down to it, the decision to replace the bulb is going to be similar to the usual way you would buy a new bulb but it might have a different model number or something like that. You will often find that the watts will be lower but the bulb will be listed with comparable light output. So it might say 3w, but the light output is similar to a 30w bulb. This is because LED lights are more efficient and it can be confusing when you see your bulb saying 30w, and now the replacement is 3w… but you can just think of it as instant money savings!
Install the LED light bulbs following the manufacturer’s instructions
We really don’t need to go in-depth into this as most of the bulbs will be a direct screw-in replacement. If you are using a bulb, you can easily swap it out the exact same way as your previous bulbs. If you are doing a retro-fit for LED lights into an older lamp, you might have to do a bit of soldering etc, but we aren’t going down that route in this article.
By following the tips in this blog post, you will be well on your way to saving money and energy with LED light bulbs. Be sure to look for energy efficient bulbs, compare prices between different brands, and find the right size and shape for your needs. With a little effort, you can start saving money and energy today!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are LED lights?
LED lights are light bulb that uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as an illumination source. LED bulbs are typically more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs and last longer, making them a popular choice for residential and commercial lighting applications.
What are the benefits of LED lights?
LED lights are typically more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs and last longer, making them a popular choice for residential and commercial lighting applications. LED bulbs emit light in a specific direction, whereas traditional incandescent light emit light in all directions. This makes LED lights more suitable for tasks that require directed light, such as reading or working on a computer. On top of this, unlike many fluorescent bulbs, LED lights do not contain mercury, making them more environmentally friendly.
How can I find the best LED lights near me?
One way to find the best LED lights near you is to consult a qualified lighting specialist. They can help you find the right type and size of LED bulb for your needs and recommend reputable brands that offer quality products. Additionally, you can search for ENERGY STAR-certified LED bulbs on the Energy Star website. This will allow you to compare prices between different brands and find the best deal.
How do I choose the right LED light for my needs?
When choosing an LED light, it is important to consider the space’s specific needs. Factors to consider include the size and shape of the bulb, the type of light desired (warm or cool), and the bulb’s brightness. It also important to check the lumens (a measure of brightness) to ensure that the bulb is bright enough for the desired application.
Where can I find more information about LED lights?
The best place to find more information about LED lights is on the Energy Star website. On this website, you can compare prices between different brands, find the right type and size of LED bulb for your needs, and learn about the benefits of LED lights. You can consult a qualified lighting specialist to find the best LED light for your needs.