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Start saving today with LEDs

Start saving today with LEDs

by | Mar 23, 2016 | 705 comments

Is it worth it to change the incandescent bulbs in my house to LEDs?

Asked by: Vera S., Palm City, FL

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LED bulbs can do everything old incandescent bulbs do, and more. While LED bulbs can cost a little more upfront, they create savings for you in the long run by using four times less energy and lasting up to 10 times longer.

We know that everyone’s definition of “worth it” is going to vary, especially when you consider that lighting is about 10 percent of the average residential electric bill.

For example
Say your monthly home electric bill is typically $100. At 10 percent, the lighting portion is $10. Changing your incandescent bulbs for LED can save you, on average, 80 percent of that cost – so you could reduce your lighting cost to $2 per month from $10. In one year, you could save $96, or nearly $100.

Another way to look at it: if a homeowner replaced 17 incandescent bulbs in their home, which are illuminated for about 1,000 hours a year, this could generate savings of $170 in the first year. It would take less than two years to repay the investment of those initial 17 LED bulbs. And with LED bulbs lasting up to 10 times longer than incandescent, it’s going to be a lot longer before you need to replace them.

So, the bigger the home, and the more incandescent bulbs you’re replacing, the bigger the savings.

What to look for
Compared to just a few years ago, the range, design and quality of LED bulbs has increased significantly. Today, LED bulbs come in every shape and brightness level. You can choose from a soft light (closest in output to the yellow incandescent bulb), warm white, and a more modern super white light. When you head to the store, remember that brightness in LED is measured in lumens, not watts. LED bulb packaging will inform you what wattage the bulb compares to.

What this means for you
The bottom line is LED bulbs can initially cost a little more than traditional incandescents, however, they can provide savings by using four times less energy to deliver the same amount of light and last up to 10 times longer. So, when you need to replace your incandescent bulbs, consider upgrading to LEDs. This will ultimately save you money, by saving energy!

About The Author

Brad Goar

Brad Goar is the program manager for FPL's Home Energy Survey and Low Income Weatherization programs. With over 140,000 home energy surveys performed annually, FPL's Home Energy Survey is one of the largest utility run energy survey programs in the nation.

705 Comments

  1. LEDs can be arranged into almost any imaginable shape, from traditional bulb designs to fit your old fixtures, to long lamp arms, to round chandelier pendants, allowing for a range of lighting designs.
    Thank for sharing .

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  2. not totally true, depending on type,hours of use cost payback could take 20-30 years

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  3. We have gotten our bills down quite a bit.
    We set the thermostat to 79*F. During the winter it is set to 80*F. Hardly ever runs. Fans make the rooms comfortable.
    The hot water tank is a large part of the monthly bill. Up to 40%. We have a 220 volt switch, like a light switch installed and can turn off the hot water power when not in use. We just turn it back on 1/2 hour before use. We only use it for showers and the dishwasher.
    Also we have a ball valve on the hot water line on the outlet from the hot water tank. That gets turned off if we don’t need hot water, along with the power to the tank.
    By not emptying the tank of residual hot water we save there also.
    Our bills are running around $83.00 a month. In the summer they will increase, but these bills are lower than in the past.

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  4. Was attempting to email FL&L rep a Couple of Questions. But could not !
    Maybe U can refer this comment from.me to the proper person, place, or thing.
    I was changed to paperless billing and a promoted a 50% discount on various places where I could enjoy discounts a restaurants, and other services
    I have not received any information how + where to receive these benefits as yet. My next paperless bill will be withdrawn automatically from my checking account. Will you help me find out what to do next ?
    Sincerely, Mrs. S. Daniels

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  5. I LIVE IN VALENCIA PALMS IN DELRAY BEACH AND HAVE BEEN TASKED BY OUR POA TO LOOK INTO CONVERTING FPL LIGHTING IN OUR COMMUNITY TO LED LIGHTING.
    CAN YOU PUT ME IN CONTACT WITH INDIVIDUAL AT FPL WHO CAN GIVE ME AN IDEA OF COST AND PAYBACK……RALPH L.

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  6. Good morning ,
    I need to replace my air conditioner
    please advice me a company you will recommend
    Thank you
    Maria

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  7. Since you have my back account and automatic pay, why do I get late fees!!!!!!!!

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  8. Were do you buy LED’s costing a “little” more than incandescent? Three to ten times more isn’t a little more.

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