LED light bulbs for your home, are they worth it?
I had to make a trip to San Pablo from San Francisco 2 nights in a row, at rush hour. A trip that would take less than 30 minutes in mid-day, but takes 90 minutes at 6pm. I was noticing the new tail lights on cars, and then the spectacular light show of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. I couldn't remember what they were called, and my brain wouldn't give it up. So I looked it up.
Then I thought about their uses. The new LED lights on the Bay Bridge will last from 10 to 15 years. The old bridge had sodium vapor lighting that had to be changed every 2 years. What about lighting for our homes? I needed to do some research!
Eartheasy.com has a good comparison.
An LED replacement for a typical A19 incandescent bulb lasts a projected 50,000 hours, or 6 years. This is an estimate for continuous use. In an average use pattern in a home, they say that could go to 25 years. In that time frame you would need to buy 42 incandescent bulbs. And LED uses only 10 watts compared to the incandescent's 60 watts.
Over the span of 6 years, the LED would cost you an average $85.75 including the cost of the bulb at $35.00. The cost of incandescent bulbs and energy would be an average $352.00.
Looking at the cost of an average household using 25 LED versus incandescent over 6 years, you would save almost $6700.00. Not bad!
John M Scott, Broker / Owner, Century 21 Scott Keys Properties, Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), serving San Francisco and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area