Save some energy

IKEA bulbYou should switch bulbs. If you are using incan­des­cent light bulbs in your house, it’s worth your time and energy to switch them over to LED bulbs.

IKEA has a basic bulb (http://www NULL.ikea NULL.com/us/en/catalog/products/90266745/) that costs just $4.49.* It puts out a lit­tle less light than a 60 watt bulb, so it’s not the solu­tion to all your light­ing needs. But it will work in many applications.

Some com­plain that the color tem­per­a­ture (http://en NULL.wikipedia NULL.org/wiki/Color_temperature) of LED bulbs is not as warm or nat­ural as that of incan­des­cent bulbs. In real­ity, LED bulbs are avail­able with out­puts across the color spec­trum. You may have to pay more — the IKEA bulb I’m try­ing to get you to buy is avail­able in just one temperature.

The biggest rea­son to switch is that you will save a lot of energy. LED bulbs use about 85% less energy than sim­i­lar incan­des­cents. A sec­ond rea­son is that chang­ing bulbs will become a dis­tant mem­ory. LED bulbs often last 10 years or more.

If $4.49 per bulb adds up to a big expense for your whole house, just buy one at a time. You can switch out all your bulbs over the course of a few years.

Enjoy a lower energy bill start­ing right away!

* UK res­i­dents — the equiv­a­lent bulb (http://www NULL.ikea NULL.com/gb/en/catalog/products/10266693/) costs £7. Alas.

5 thoughts on “Save some energy”

  1. Brother Bill (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A4OSXRZR2BMX8/ref=cm_cr_auth/002-0851235-0042412?ie=UTF8) says:

    Often it seems like the new bulbs aren’t as bright (as a co-worker of mine once com­plained), but they really just need to warm up. We are accus­tomed to see­ing light bulbs at their full inten­sity (lumens) imme­di­ately upon acti­va­tion), but the new bulbs take a few moments to reach their full light output.

    1. Bill — that is very true for some CFL bulbs. LED bulbs are gen­er­ally at max lumens out­put very shortly after turn­ing on. (Advan­tage = LED.)

  2. Talk about light bulbs last­ing a long time: I moved into my house in 1984. In the shower there is a light in a water­proof fix­ture that I have never changed! Granted, it’s not left on all the time, but still — at least 30 years of use and still going!

    Do LED bulbs get warm/hot? I have a cou­ple task lights that I use when sewing/knitting/reading etc. that are the newer fluorescent-type. They still get a lit­tle warm, but not as much as the older incan­des­cents. I just can’t take any extra heat once the weather warms up!

  3. I don’t under­stand why CFL bulbs have to cost $4–5. But even at that rate, it takes less than a year to make up the dif­fer­ence in cost in energy sav­ings if the bulb is on a few hours a day.

    For a while, Home Depot in Dal­las was sell­ing CFLs that were under a dol­lar each. I think they might have been sub­si­dized by the power company.

    I still need incan­des­cents for fans with dim­mer switches.

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