Answering FAQs About LED Lighting for Genesee County Homes


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As electricians, we get a lot of questions about LED lighting. How long do LED lights really last? Are LED lights worth the higher upfront costs? How much will changing to LED lighting save me in electricity costs?

These are all great questions, and ones you should be asking if you are considering switching to LED lighting. Though the answers to these questions depend on your unique situation, we will do our best to help you decide if LED lighting is the right choice for your home or business.

How Long Do LED Lights Last?

According to Consumer Reports, LED light bulbs can last from 20,000 to 50,000 hours. That is up to 50 times longer than the average incandescent light bulb, 25 times longer than a typical halogen light bulb, and 8-10 times longer than compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)! For most homeowners, an LED light bulb will last more than 11 years, and that’s if it is used for an average of 12 hours per day. And technically, LED light bulbs can last even longer, since they rarely “burn out” like other types of bulbs. After their typical lifespan, LED bulbs will continue to work, but the light they emit will lessen.

Are LEDs Worth the Higher Upfront Costs?

The cost of LED light bulbs is coming down, but they are still more expensive than other bulbs on the market. However, when you consider the lifespan of LED bulbs and the energy savings you will achieve by using them, the cost savings become clear. At a rate of $.12 per kWh, you can save up to $80 over the course of 11 years, per light bulb. That might not sound like a lot, but it will more than cover the initial cost of the LED bulbs. And remember, that’s just for one bulb. Replace all of the light bulbs in your home with LEDs and your savings will multiply!

What Else Is Important to Know About LED Light Bulbs?

Of course, there are pros and cons to any decision, and the same is true about choosing a light bulb. LED lights are safer, as they do not contain mercury and are much cooler to the touch. The light they give off is very close to what you are probably used to with other types of bulbs—the days of “blue” lighting are over. Just make sure you choose an LED bulb that offers “warm” light, rather than “cool,” and one that measures around 2,700 Kelvin. LEDs can also be used with a dimmer switch, unlike CFLs.

The downsides to LEDs: they are currently more expensive up front, and the light may not spread as evenly as other sources, as the light is emitted in more of focused beam. Some LED bulb packaging will list the “beam spread” of the bulb. If you want the light to be more spread out, look for a beam spread of 360 degrees or something close to it.

As electricians, it is our opinion that the value of LED lights far outweighs any negative aspects of the bulbs. And as technology improves, they will only get better, and the price per bulb should come down.

If you are thinking about switching the lighting of your home over to LEDs, it is usually just as simple as buying the right type of bulb and replacing it like normal. However, there are certain times an electrician should be called in, like if you need to install transformers and drivers to account for the lower level of power used by LEDs. This is especially true if you are planning to install an LED light on a dimmer switch. All of our electricians are experienced with LED lighting and can help you with any wiring or installation.

If you need the help of an electrician in Flushing, Flint, or Grand Blanc, give us a call or contact us through our website. Our experienced Master Electricians can help with all your lighting needs!

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