The first thing you may notice when walking into your new home in New Mexico is the lighting.
OK, it may not be as noticeable as the pink accent wall.
But, not having proper lighting is often an issue.
When people sell a home, they often don’t stick money into it. That is what the buyer will do.
Now that you have made the move to New Mexico and the Las Cruces area, it’s time to take a look at the lighting in your new home and ask if it’s time to explore the benefits of switching to LED lights?
In the last 20 years, LED lighting has changed so much. We started off with the florescent ones that made things look not so great.
There also were the expensive LED bulbs that last what seems like forever — for $50.
Today there are many choices that use 75% less energy than the standard bulb.
But is switching to LED lights in your new home right for you?
Here’s a guide to see if you should flip the switch:
KINDS OF LED LIGHT BULBS
Walking into a store you will notice an entire aisle dedicated to LED lights. But what is right for you?
We all have heard of a 60-watt light bulb. But when picking an LED bulb, things are a bit different. The term Lumens is used to determine the brightness of a LED bulb.
For example, a 100-watt light bulb would be about 1,600 Lumens.
To help, most manufacturers will put the brightness and appearance of the bulb on the box.
They will use terms like warm or cool for the look.
For the average light in your house, use a 60-watt bulb equivalent that will be about 800 Lumens.
With the average bulb costing about $5, you might pay $15 for the standard light in your home that takes three 60-watt bulbs.
And when you are getting ready for the day, you want to look your best with the top lighting.
WHY SWITCH TO LED BULBS
LEDs are more environmentally friendly. With less energy used, the bulbs also will save you money and look great.
Incandescent bulbs often last about 2,000 hours. But an LED bulb can last about 22,000 hours.
If you have ever touched an LED bulb you will notice the lack of heat from it. That’s because heat is not lost.
While the cost up front for LED is more, the savings will come from how long the product will last.
Big box stores estimate the cost savings to be about $83 over the life of the bulb.
So switching to LED lights savings can be a ton of cash when you consider all the bulbs in your home.
PROS AND CONS OF LED LIGHT BULBS
The first pro of making the switch to LED lighting is knowing that if you leave your lights on, you are not using that much energy.
You also are helping the environment. By using LED bulbs, you can help because bulbs like fluorescent use mercury in the construction and need special handling when the bulb is done being used.
With LED lights, this is not a concern.
The other big pro is the amount of money you will save. Doing some math, this could be in the hundreds of dollars over a few years.
The only negative to LED lights is the initial cost, but these days that’s hardly a big jump in price. If you want to save money, change out one light at a time until you can afford your entire home.
BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HOME OFFICE
With everyone working from home these days, making the switch to LED lights will not only make it seem brighter, but save you money.
There are plenty of office lighting options to add if you are working from home. Often these lights will be about 4-feet long and attach to the ceiling. But they will add a much brighter feel to the area so you can see what you are doing.
Prices range from $150 and up for most office lighting. But this will make it seem like you are at work and put you in the right state of mind to get things done.
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