LEDs are one of the top trends in home and outdoor lighting today, as they are more energy efficient and last much longer. However, with the transitional period underway, there are still many homeowners who are reluctant to make the switch to LED light bulbs because of certain lighting myths or inaccuracies.
It's tough to get everyone on board with a new product, especially since LEDs do cost more upfront than fluorescent, halogen or incandescent light bulbs. At the same time, you'll be surprised how much less energy you'll use by converting to LED light bulbs.
Here are five myths about home lighting and LED light bulbs:
1. One LED bulb Doesn't Do Anything
A lot of people believe a single LED light bulb in the house won't do much in terms of energy savings, but this is simply not true. A single LED light bulb will use 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than an incandescent, the U.S. Department of Energy reported.
Even just one LED light bulb could cut down on your energy costs each month and show a difference on your electric bill. Just think of the possible savings by switching every light bulb in your house to a new LED.
2. LED Light Bulbs Only Come in Strange Shapes
Consumers tend to think of a futuristic light bulb when they hear the word LED. However, LED light bulbs actually come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Today's LEDs are often designed to have the comfortable shape of the incandescent bulbs to which we have become accustomed. In recent years, companies have made LEDs that look like the flame-shaped bulb we see in traditional chandeliers and even bulbs that mimic the retro-style Edison bulb.
By doing a little research on the type of light bulbs that are available, you could find something with the perfect style for your home.
3. LEDs Don't Work With Light Dimmers
This is another false piece of information popular with LED naysayers. In fact, LED light bulbs are ideal to be used with dimmers because they give you more warmth control of your lighting and it reduces energy consumption even more.
There's a ton of home automation lighting technology available that can be controlled even from your smartphone. LEDs and light dimmers work perfectly together and many lighting professionals will recommend using both in your home. Using an ALA lighting professional to install these products will help to ensure they work properly the first time.
4. LEDs Illuminate Harsher Light
Many people think LEDs are too bright for their home, but technology has advanced greatly in just the last few years to give homeowners more LED options. There are plenty of LED light bulb options to match the warmth and color of your old incandescent.
Additionally, some think the new LED light gives people headaches. However, LEDs come in a wide variety of hues and colors to produce clean light, Green City Challenge reported. These energy-efficient lighting options don't strain eyes any more than incandescent bulbs, and homeowners are always recommended to add as much natural light to the home as possible.
5. LEDs Burn Out Quicker By Turning On and Off More Often
Another untrue rumor about LED light bulbs is that if you turn them on and off a lot, they will burn out faster. In fact, LEDs can be turned on and off as much as possible without doing significant damage to their lifespan, GE Lighting reported. Also, incandescent and compact florescent light bulbs both suffer in longevity when turned off and on frequently, so it's actually the opposite of what many homeowners believe.