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Why Using LED Light Bulbs Is a Bright Idea

Why Using LED Light Bulbs Is a Bright IdeaHave you noticed your neighbors swapping out conventional incandescent lights with LED lights? You may wonder if this is just a trend or if making the switch is truly saving Kansas City homeowners on their electric bills.

In order to help homeowners make an informed decision, Fusion Electric is breaking down this bright idea and all the benefits that come with making the switch to LED lighting.

What Is an LED Light?

led-light-bulb-blue-background-fusion-electric-kcLED lights, or Light Emitting Diodes, were invented just eighty years after Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb. Although they have been around for years, recent developments in technology have LED bulbs growing more popular as an alternative to conventional incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.

You may have heard of them due to their energy savings and heat reduction potential, but the benefits don’t stop there. To compare potential annual savings between a typical incandescent bulb and an LED bulb, check out this handy LED savings calculator.

How LED Bulbs Work

The technology itself of an LED light is much more intuitive than an incandescent bulb. Incandescents work by heating a coil to the point at which it glows, while LEDs produce light by allowing negative electrons to combine with a positively charged solid, usually silicon or gallium. Since negative and positive particles attract each other, and the electron moves at the speed of light, the force of the negative particle combining with the positive ion releases light.

What’s Makes LED Bulbs Different?

LEDs produce a color of intense white light which is more energizing and better replicates natural light than the muddy orange hue of incandescents. If you are not a fan of bright LED light, you can now purchase different hues of lighting to best fit your preferences.

Once you find the LED bulbs you prefer, switching your home to energy-efficient lighting is easy! LEDs fit into any light bulb socket, and last anywhere from 6 to 30 years per bulb depending on usage.

Are LED Light Bulbs More Expensive?

With more recent technology, the LED is now more economically viable than it ever has been before. Check out the graphic to the left and you’ll see that LED lights require much less electricity per unit of light created compared to both the incandescent and fluorescent light bulb. This also means a few more benefits for consumers:

  • fusion-electric-lighting-statistics-bulbsFor every incandescent light bulb replaced by an LED, the consumer saves upwards of 50 dollars a year including the cost of replacements. This means that homeowners save hundreds of dollars annually by switching to LEDs.
  • Since electricity is produced primarily by coal and natural gas, LED light bulbs are better for the environment than incandescents. Furthermore, since LEDs don’t contain hazardous gases, they are also more environmentally friendly than fluorescent bulbs and safer for your home.

Thinking about making the switch to LED lighting? Contact Fusion Electric today and transform your Kansas City home into an electrically efficient machine! For more helpful electrical tips and tricks, check out our blog.

A Bright New Trend: Edison Bulbs

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In recent years, the Edison bulb, also known as a filament bulb, has made a major comeback. They come in many different shapes, sizes and looks, but they are all known for adding a charming glow and an unforgettable ambiance to any setting. This retro bulb is all the rage in restaurants and homes across the country, and is now available to purchase in almost any hardware store.

Today we’re sharing some bright ideas on how Edison bulbs can be used in your home, as well as dishing out some facts you need to consider before buying them.

 

Create an Outdoor Oasis

outdoor-edison-bulb-lights-patio-fusion-electricEdison bulbs are the perfect touch to transform your outdoor area for the upcoming patio season.

Hang them from the trees, or even drape them through a pergola for an added sparkle.

There are so many different ways to use them outdoors, but there are a few things to remember when it comes to purchasing and installing.

  • When purchasing outdoor bulbs, make sure they are in fact, made for the outdoors.
  • Save where you can. Set a timer on outdoor lights to ensure you aren’t wasting energy where it can be saved.

Install an outdoor outlet. Don’t fuss with long extension cords that can be dangerous and inefficient.(Leave it to the professionals. Fusion Electric can help with all of your outdoor lighting needs and make sure the job is done right. Check out all we have to offer for your outdoor space.)

Related Read: How to Prep Outdoor Electrical Outlets for Patio Season

 

Bring the Charm Indoors

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Looking to bring the charm inside? Edison bulbs make great accent lights for anywhere in your home. Although string lights are most popular for Edison bulbs, there are plenty of beautiful fixtures and sconces featuring these rustic bulbs that are great for kitchens or bathrooms. Before you choose the perfect lighting for your home, consider these tips.

 

  • Remember your lighting goals. Consider what needs accenting in each space and choose your lighting accordingly. A funky fixture in a dining room can change the whole space for the better.
  • Make it pop! Try adding a fun fixture, such as one with Edison bulbs, to make a statement in your home. This is a great way to give a room a new look without a complete redesign.
  • Add a dimmer. A dimmer is a great addition to any light fixture. This way, you can change up the mood of the room anytime you’d like.

Related Read: 4 Ways to Make Your Outdoor Kansas City Space Amazing After Dark

 

Facts to Consider

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Although Edison bulbs are the latest craze, there are a few things to consider before adding them to your home.

Edison bulbs are considered an incandescent light, which are known for being notoriously inefficient when it comes to energy. Incandescent bulbs are widely used across the country, but because of their inefficiency, the US government is trying to phase them out. Many are in favor of transitioning to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) because they are much more energy- and cost-efficient.

Don’t worry, you’ve got options! For those who want a compromise, there are LED versions of the Edison bulb that are much more energy efficient. Another great alternative to the Edison bulb is the Plumen bulb. This bulb still has the rustic, exposed coils like the Edison bulb, but is much more up to speed on energy efficiency.

 

Call Fusion Electric to help with all your electrical needs at (913) 648-9487  or check out our website for more lighting tips and professional tricks.  

How to Switch Your Home to Energy-Efficient Lighting

Energy Efficient LightingDid you know that the average household dedicates about 5% of its annual energy budget to lighting? That might not seem like that much, but in the scheme of things it really adds up. According to the US Energy Information Administration, the average household consumes about 909 kilowatthours (kWh) a month. The average costs of a kWh is about 10 cents, which puts the average bill around $100 a month. Why not pocket some of that cash every month? Switching the lighting in your home to energy-efficient bulbs will change your energy bills immediately, and you’ll continue to see those savings pile up for years to come with little maintenance. Here’s how to get started making the switch today.

Pick the Right Bulbs

The most popular energy-efficient light bulbs available are halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although both the latter options can initially cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs, during their lifetime they save you money, because they use less energy. Plus, the initial higher cost is pretty minimal.

CFLs use about 75% less energy than traditional incandescents and last up to 10 times longer. A typical CFL can pay for itself in energy savings in less than 9 months and continue to save you money each month. Don’t worry about sacrificing your favorite bulb options by switching either. CFLs come in the same brightness, color, and shape options as traditional incandescents.  

LED bulbs are great replacement options as they last 25 times as long as your typical bulb, and use even less energy than CFLs. LED bulbs also come in a variety of colors, and some are dimmable. In addition to standard screw-in bulbs, LEDs are also offered in applications such as recessed downlights, desk lamps, kitchen under-cabinet lighting, and outdoor area lights.

Related Read: 5 Electrical Add-Ons Homeowners Love Right Now

Install Timers & Motion Sensors

Once you’ve picked out your bulb of choice, install a few extra features to save even more. Timers and motion sensors save you even more money by reducing the amount of time lights are on when they’re not being used. You can use these features for both inside and outside lights.

For help installing more energy saving features in your home, call the Kansas City electrical pros at Fusion Electric. You can reach us at 913-563-7975.