Updated: Feb 14, 2019
Large chandeliers, staggered mini pendants, oversized orbs. Statement lighting fixtures are eye-catching and key for building your ideal space. However, the details are just as important to our team! We broke down the biggest lighting trends and current favorites HERE, but today we’re focusing on what goes inside these beautiful pieces: your light bulbs.
Have you ever wondered what is driving the LED popularity (and/or what LED stands for)? Read on to see a few reasons why making the switch might be the best choice for you.
There are three main categories of bulbs: Incandescent, Halogen, and LED. Incandescent may sound the most familiar, but these are becoming a thing of the past as Halogen bulbs are replacing this older style. Both produce light by currents sent through tungsten filaments, however the halogen gas extends the life of a bulb, prevents the darkening of bulbs as they burn out, and uses less energy. Halogen is an upgrade, but LED is the gold standard. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. As electrons move through tiny semiconductors, LED bulbs produce light much more efficiently than the standard incandescent bulb – up to 75% more efficient to be exact. There are many reasons why LED’s are gaining popularity, but we’ve compiled a few of the biggest when considering making the switch.
While the cost for LED bulbs is greater upfront, the long-term savings are undeniable. At Studio H2O, we offer both LED and Halogen bulbs in various wattages. Though more efficient than the old Incandescent, the Halogen is comparable so we will use that when comparing cost to the LED bulb. A box of 4 LED bulbs runs about $12, while a box of 4 Halogen bulbs would cost about $6.50. Now consider the life span of these two options:
Life (based on 3 hours/day) of Halogen Bulbs: 0.9 Years
Life (based on 3 hours/day) of LED Bulbs: 22.8 Years
One LED bulb would span 20 years, costing you $3. You would need to replace a halogen bulb about once a year, totaling over $35 for the same 20-year span.
Let’s use a similar scenario when considering efficiency. If you have a standard 60W Incandescent bulb to replace, you have the option of Halogen or LED.
Bulbrite’s EcoHalogen bulb uses 43 watts/bulb to produce 750 lumens. This breaks down to an annual energy cost of $5.18/bulb (based on 3 hours/day.)
Bulbrite’s LED bulb uses 9 watts to produce 800 lumens and its annual energy cost would be $1.08/bulb (based on 3 hours/day).
In addition to their efficiency, LED bulbs are much safer than the traditional Incandescent.The heat in incandescent or halogen bulbs is highly concentrated, making them very hot to the touch.They can burn one’s hand or even melt butter if used in under-cabinet lighting. LED’s run much cooler, saving the concern of burns, fires, or unwanted food melting. LED bulbs are very durable as well. They are more resistant to shattering from a drop or weather elements. LEDs are also unaffected by temperatures and do not contain any toxic chemicals.
These are some major categories to consider when choosing bulbs, but our team can walk through your scenario to decide which option is best for you.
Have a lighting project on the horizon? Make your appointment HERE to meet with one of our lighting consultants today! We can help with the details, letting you get back to choosing those beautiful statement pieces.