The Benefits of LED Light Bulbs & Fixtures
We recognize the importance of having energy efficient light bulbs and lighting fixtures. On January 1, 2018 we began our policy of replacing any burned out incandescent light bulbs with new LED light bulbs for our apartment units. the use of LED light bulbs for all burned out light bulbs.
LED Replacement Bulbs
With performance improvements and dropping prices, LED lamps can replace 40, 60, and even 75 Watt incandescent bulbs. It’s important to read the Lighting Facts Label to make sure the product is the right brightness and color for the intended location. When chosen carefully, LED replacement products can be an excellent option.
Lumens Not Watts Is Key To LED Brightness Levels
Lumens measure how much light you are getting from a bulb. More lumens means it’s a brighter light; fewer lumens means it’s a dimmer light.
Lumens let you buy the amount of light you want. So when buying your new bulbs, think lumens, not watts.
The brightness, or lumen levels, of the lights in your home may vary widely, so here’s a rule of thumb:
- To replace a 100-watt incandescent bulb, look for a bulb that gives you about 1600 lumens. If you want something dimmer, go for less lumens; if you prefer brighter light, look for more lumens.
- Replace a 75W bulb with an LED bulb that gives you about 1100 lumens
- Replace a 60W bulb with an LED bulb that gives you about 800 lumens
- Replace a 40W bulb with an LED bulb that gives you about 450 lumens
Recommended LED Bulbs
Philips LED Dimmable B12 Soft White Light Bulb with Warm Glow Effect 500-Lumen, 2700-2200-Kelvin, 7-Watt (60-Watt Equivalent), E26 Base, Clear
Philips LED Non-Dimmable A19 Frosted Light Bulb: 800-Lumen, 2700-Kelvin, 8.5-Watt (60-Watt Equivalent), E26 Base, Soft White
These bulbs can be purchased through Amazon, Wal-mart, Home Depot, to name a few.
CFL Replacement Bulbs – Not Recommended
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs are not as energy efficient as the newer LED lighting bulb options and have many drawbacks. The CFL bulbs will take a second or two to warm to light up even in warm conditions and may take 15 to 30 seconds to reach maximum brightness. CFL bulbs cannot be used with dimmer switches and are not compatible with all light fixtures. The bulbs give off a different light throw patten than traditional fluorescent light bulbs. Light from CFL bulbs is not as strong and direct as a traditional fluorescent light whereas an LED bulb is very strong and direct. Lastly, CFL bulbs still contain mercury and cannot be disposed of in landfills since mercury is toxic. You must dispose of discharged CFL bulbs in a recycling center that accepts the bulbs or send the bulbs back to the their manufacturer. This is why we have started counting the number of CFL bulbs in our apartments with a goal to reach zero in all units by January 1, 2020.
In conclusion, it is easy to see the many benefits of LED light bulbs. By replacing two of your 60W bedroom incandescent bulbs to two 800 Lumen 60 Watt equivalent LED Bulbs (Actual watts consumed 8W) you are saving 104 watts! Over time and with converting all of your bulbs over this will greatly increase the amount of money you save on your utility bill.