My Life as a San Francisco Realtor: LED Light Bulbs - for your Home?

LED Light Bulbs - for your Home?

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.

Green LightingLED lighting.

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! 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, 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

Comment balloon 8 commentsJohn M. Scott • December 05 2013 07:04PM


John - To save $6,700 in utility costs over 6 years makes a great case for LED lighting!  Excellent information to have!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) almost 5 years ago

Thank you Laura. I was amazed when I started doing the research about it. I think it is the future of lighting!

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) almost 5 years ago

Wow that is a huge savings!!!  I think I will do a  little research and see about changing my bulbs as they burn out!

Posted by Shanna Hall, I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311 (Real Estate Solutions) almost 5 years ago

There is no question that LED lighting is a good idea.  Right now the problem is the cost.  CFL lights were very expensive at first but now are not much more than incandescent bulbs yet they last much longer (not as long as LEDs though) and use about the same energy as LED bulbs.  The only problem with the CFL bulbs is that they contain mercury.

The good news is that the price of LED light bulbs is beginning to come down.  Home Depot, for instance has a number of LED bulbs for around $20.00.  I purchased one of them to try recently and I am very happy with the result.  As the price drops a little more, the cost barrier will fall and everyone will be using them.

Posted by Robert Sole (REM Inspections LLC) almost 5 years ago

Shanna, I think it is worth a tryout. Just like Robert suggests.

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) almost 5 years ago

It's definitely worth to try out. Excellent information, thanks for sharing!

Posted by Randy Shamburger, FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert (Movement Mortgage) almost 5 years ago

wow good information and what a savings!

Posted by Patty Luther, Lewiston ID Real Estate, Idaho-Washington (RE/MAX Rock-n-Roll Realty) almost 5 years ago

John, I"ve been trying to change all of mine over to LED.

I just stopped by to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!


Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 5 years ago