Cantor’s Corner: Save Energy With LED Light Bulbs
by Gregg Cantor
Resident Expert, The Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
Between 2012 and 2014, standard 40- and 100-watt incandescent light bulbs must use 30% less energy to meet minimum efficiency standards set by government legislation.
Efficiency standards affect the types of light bulbs manufacturers can produce, so what does this mean for the consumer? Not too much. You are not required to throw out your existing bulbs or make any changes in your home. You will only notice a difference in the light bulbs available at the store while shopping for a replacement after your existing light bulb burns out.
There is a range of specialty incandescent bulbs that are exceptions to this legislation, including 3-ways, reflectors, appliance bulbs and some decorative options, so you may not even be affected at all.
LED Light Bulbs
There have been major advancements in LED lighting that make it a smart choice. LED light bulbs use far less energy to produce the same amount of light as their incandescent counterparts, and can last up to 20 years. And while these advantages used to come at a premium cost, LED lights are now relatively inexpensive.
An easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself project is replacing your old incandescent lights with LED light bulbs.
LED Light Bulb Benefits
- Higher quality lighting
- LED light bulbs burn cooler, reducing your energy consumption by up to 80%.
- The lifespan of LED lights can be 20 years or more.
- LED replacements are available for almost any type and size.
- They are easy to install
For all your LED lighting needs, The Approved Home Pro Show recommends any of the 11 Ace Hardware locations in San Diego.