Decrease energy expenditure
Know that on average, according to the ADEME, 10 to 15% of the amount of your electricity expenses are related to the lighting of your home. To help you limit and reduce your energy costs, the use of LED bulbs is the smartest and most cost-effective solution today. Indeed, we know that when a conventional lamp consumes an average of 75 Watts, an LED lamp consumes only 10 Watts. So, if you decide to equip your home with LED bulbs, you will easily save money and permanently reduce your lighting costs.
To better understand the savings achieved by LEDs, let us take the example of a family composed of 2 adults and 2 children who live in a pavilion and whose electricity bill amounts to 100 euros per month.It is noted that 10 to 15% of their electricity bill is related to lighting, which represents an expenditure of 10 euros per month.
However, using LED lights, we divide by 9 power consumption: € 10 per month with conventional lighting against € 1.2 per month with LED lighting (because 10/9 = 1.2). In total, the solution with LED leads to an annual bill of about € 15 instead of € 100 with conventional bulbs, enough to change his habits!
LED: an incomparable lifespan
What makes LED an indispensable ally in the fight against energy waste is its long life. Thanks to this benefit, you will save money on your expenses related to the purchase of new bulbs.
Indeed, the LED has a lifespan of 30000 hours when an incandescent bulb lasts only 1000 hours. In addition, the LEDs have the particularity to light instantly, to withstand repeated ignitions and they are used both indoors and outdoors.
The lighting of a LED bulb is instantly optimal
As soon as you press your switch to illuminate a room, the LED bulb offers the advantage of immediately diffusing a maximum level of brightness. Designed to admit very frequent ignition and extinguishing cycles, this bulb emits the required flow without lighting up effect. Thanks to this less heating time, we gain energy and in the end we save money!
Information to consider when buying an LED
Before any bulb purchase, here are some tips to take into account to make the right choice. First, make sure the light bulb has a life expectancy of more than 20,000 hours and is rated A + or A ++.Take into account the number of lumens: the higher it is, the greater the luminous flux of the bulb. Also pay attention to the color temperature noted in kelvins, to get a light more or less hot. Finally, look at the number of ignition / extinction cycles that it can support.
Decrypt tags: performance classes
Since 1998, light bulbs intended for domestic use must be labeled and the packaging must indicate to consumers its energy efficiency.
Listed by performance classes: E, F and G, which are the most energy-consuming incandescent bulbs that have been phased out since 2012.
Those classified C and D correspond to the halogen bulbs, then, in A + and A ++, the LED models: the most efficient ones and therefore those that will help you best to save money.
Change your behavior
To lower your electricity bill, simply adopt a few simple actions such as turning off the light as soon as you leave a room or turn on the minimum amount of lighting needed in the same room. In addition, consider optimizing the lighting of your luminaires by favoring clear lampshades that better diffuse the light and make sure to dust regularly your lighting systems. In addition, rethink the layout of your rooms by maximizing the entry of natural light and emphasizing light colors that reflect the light better. Finally, choose your type of lighting according to your needs, avoid using the ceiling light for your evening reading and instead have the reflex to turn on your bedside lamp.
Give up halogen bulbs
Close to incandescent bulbs, halogen bulbs are today considered as a thing of the past because they have many disadvantages. First, their lifespan is only two years and are therefore considered inefficient compared to the performance of LEDs. In addition, they consume a lot of energy in relation to their lighting capacity. Be aware that their commercialization will be banned in 2018, so now adopt the future solution in terms of lighting: LEDs!