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4 Reasons Why LED Lights Will Help Save Energy Costs | NAPM
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4 Reasons Why LED Lights Will Help Save Energy Costs

If you’re looking to save on energy costs in your home or workplace, switching your lights to high-efficiency LEDs is often the best choice. LED lights use less energy while still providing plenty of bright light, which can allow you to save money without sacrificing lightbulb performance. Here are 4 ways that LED lights can help reduce energy costs:

1. LEDs Have Lower Energy Requirements
The biggest advantage of LED lights is that they use far less electricity.LED lights use about ten percent of the energy of incandescent bulbs and less than half the energy of compact fluorescent bulbs, and a 6-Watt LED bulb emits as much light as a 14-watt CFL bulb or a 60-watt incandescent bulb.Because of the greatly reduced electricity needs of LEDs, switching to LED bulbs can help cut your energy costs.

2. They’re Longer-Lasting
Another advantage of LED lights is that they last longer than traditional bulbs, around 25 times longer according to the Department of Energy. This is especially true of EnergyStar rated bulbs, which are certified to be highly energy-efficient. Because of their longevity, switching to LED lights means you’ll be replacing bulbs far less often, which saves money that would normally be spent on replacements while also offering greater energy efficiency.

3. The Light is More Concentrated
LED bulbs can also help lower your energy costs due to the focused nature of the light they emit. LEDs release light in a particular direction without the need for reflectors or diffusers, which makes them a better choice anytime focused light is needed. This means that when using LEDs, you usually won’t need as many fixtures to receive the same amount of light, which can greatly reduce your energy costs. In addition, because LED bulbs don’t require light to be reflected in a specific direction, none of the light leaving the bulb is wasted, which will further increase your energy savings.

4. Less Energy is Released as Heat
Part of the reason that incandescent and fluorescent bulbs are less efficient is that they release 90% and 80% of their energy as heat, respectively. This is largely why they use so much more energy to release the same amount of light. LED bulbs, however, release almost no energy as heat, which means that almost all the energy used goes towards emitting light. This will grant your home or workplace a similar amount of light while using much less energy, and as an added bonus, the fact that they don’t heat up means that coming into contact with an LED bulb will never lead to accidental burns.