Upgrading to LED Lighting: What to Expect
LED bulbs won’t break when dropped, they won’t burn out nearly as quickly, and they can do everything an incandescent bulb can do—and more. It’s no wonder more homeowners are having their lighting systems upgraded for LEDs.
But upgrading your entire lighting system can’t be an easy process, can it? You might be wondering if going through the trouble is really going to be worth it. We’ll give you a few reasons to believe that it is:
Greater Flexibility and Control
No one can stop you from buying a strip of LED lights and sticking them on the walls around your home… but we wouldn’t consider that a proper LED installation. When you go the professional route, you’ll have several options for lighting.
- Upgrade Your Recessed Lighting: This requires installation in your ceiling and integration with electrical wiring. There’s also the matter of having to replace the existing lighting. In general, any electrical work is a job that’s best done by a certified electrician.
- Dimmers and Color Temperature Control: If requested, your LED lighting fixtures can be installed with controls to customize your lighting experience. For example, adjusting color temperature is crucial for giving your rooms a softer look that helps you relax and feel comfortable. On the other hand, harder lighting can be great during the day and when illuminating spaces to reveal their true color, such as in retail displays.
- Flexible Design: LED lighting fixtures are available in a wide range of styles to match your interior design. Styles range all the way from under-cabinet lighting to chandeliers. Let a professional show you all of the options compatible with your home.
Better Monthly Savings
Depending on the quality of the LED, they’ll consume less than 75% of the energy used in incandescent bulbs. To find out a rough estimate of how much you’ll actually be able to save by switching, you should determine your monthly electricity costs and have them assessed with an electrician in Lacey, WA.
One thing’s for sure though: the energy savings of LEDs are best appreciated on an annual basis. If you’re planning to move out of your home in a couple years, you might not want to go through the trouble of replacing all your bulbs just yet. Instead, save them for the home you know you’ll stay in for years to come.
Lower Heat Output
LEDs produce less heat than incandescent bulbs. This can reduce the risk of any hazards, which aren’t entirely uncommon when dealing with incandescent and fluorescent lights. LEDs use heatsinks to distribute their heat over more space.
Another hidden benefit not commonly realized is that less heat output means less strain on your AC in the summer. It may sound inconsequential, but a well-insulated room can retain heat, including the heat that comes off of several light bulbs. Every extra degree that your AC must cool equals more money spent on energy costs.