5 Benefits of Upgrading to LED Lighting for Home and Business Owners

Over the last decade we have seen a huge increase in LED lighting options for homes and businesses. L.E.D. literally stands for “Light Emitting Diodes,” but when it comes to incandescent, LED, watts, BTUs, and lumens…what does it all mean exactly

The electrical experts at Schafer Electric are here to shed some light on the topic! If you have ever wondered if switching to LED lighting is really worth it, this guide is for you.

Common Lighting Terms:

  • Incandescent Light Bulb: A bulb that uses electrical current to heat up a filament and produce light.
  • LED (Light Emitting Diodes): A semiconductor bulb that converts electrical current directly into light.
  • Watt: An electrical unit of power.
  • BTU (British Thermal Unit): A measurement of heat energy.
  • Lumens: The measure of visible light.

Read on to learn more about some of the amazing ways upgrading to LED lighting can benefit your home or commercial space this year.

1. Save Money by Switching to LED Lighting

Switching to a LED lighting system can considerably reduce your energy costs. LED lights use up to 90% less energy than traditional bulbs and produce significantly more light! For instance, a 60 watt incandescent bulb produces 800 lumens, while it only takes a 7 watt LED bulbs to produce the same amount of visible light. 

This is because the incandescent bulb requires more energy to generate the heat it needs to produce light, while the LED is converting the energy directly into light. That means you are  reducing your electrical power usage and saving on utility costs.

2. LEDs Last Longer than Traditional Light Bulbs

Compared to traditional bulbs and outdated electrical systems, LEDs are notoriously reliable and long-lasting. One LED bulb can last up to 60,000 hours before needing to be replaced, while a traditional incandescent light bulb will typically last only 1,000 hours. With LED light fixtures, you can reduce the time and money you spend on electrical maintenance and have the peace of mind that your home or business will never be left in the dark.

3. Customize Your Space with LED Lighting Installation

Traditional bulbs require filters to manipulate their shade and color, resulting in unnatural glows and lower quality light. LED’s quality of light is very similar to natural lighting, making them great for improving focus and promoting productivity, while the color of light produced by LEDs can be easily customized making them perfect for adding ambience to any room.

4. Reduce Risk of Fires with an LED Lighting Upgrade

Upgrading to LED lighting in your home or business can greatly reduce the risk of fire. LED light fixtures can be left on for hours without becoming hot to the touch. An LED will produce no more than 3.4 BTUs per hour, while a traditional bulb will produce 85 BTUs per hour. Because LEDs produce so little heat, they are a far more fire-safe lighting option.

5. LED Lights Do Not Attract Pests

LEDs do not emit the UV rays that typically attract mosquitoes, flies, and other insects or pests. Many Bay Area businesses owners are making the switch in the new year and upgrading their parking lot lighting to LED. Homeowners are also taking advantage of this benefit and upgrading their indoor and outdoor lighting to an LED system.

Contact Schafer Electric for All Your LED Upgrading and Electrical Installation Needs

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Schafer Electric is an electrical contractor proudly serving businesses and homes all over the Northern Bay Area. All of our electricians are dedicated to providing the highest quality services and personalized lighting solutions to ensure the efficacy, safety, and security of our community.

Are you ready to save money on your electrical bill every month? Contact the professionals at Schafer Electric to learn more about upgrading to LED lighting, or for any other electrical installation or maintenance needs!

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