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When my mother decided to replace the candelabra style light bulbs in her bathroom, she decided to go with the fluorescent style bulb to save money on electricity. However, they were much more expensive than incandescent bulbs up front, (12 dollars each x 5 = 60 dollars.)
She felt that the saving in electricity costs would be good long term. She was very disappointed with the results.
The fluorescents did not put out enough lumens (light) to see clearly in the bathroom. She went back to the incandescents. 🙁
Being the super son I am, as I had been following the LED light trend for a while, I stepped up like any good son would to figure out a solution to her lighting needs.
As I was helping my mother, I learned a little more about LEDs and I would like to share that knowledge with you.
Just as an aside, as your incandescents burn out, it’s a good time to consider switching to LED bulbs. LEDs have an impressive lifespan (10-something years!) and are much more cost cost-effective.
I found that LED bulbs have made significant advances over the last few years. They can now deliver the warm light incandescents have provided us with for decades.
Because there are so many LED varieties, choosing an LED is entirely different from picking up an incandescent. Before you click the buy button on Amazon, or head to the store, here is a little about what you may need to know about choosing the right LED bulbs.
Lumens, not watts. Forget what you know about incandescents — your watts are no good here.
When shopping for bulbs, we are all probably accustomed to looking for watts, an indication of how bright the bulb will be. The brightness of LEDs, however, is determined a little differently.
Contrary to common belief, wattage isn’t an indication of brightness, but a measurement of how much energy the bulb draws. For incandescents, there is an accepted correlation between the watts drawn and the brightness, but for LEDs, watts aren’t a great predictor of how bright the bulb will be. (The point, after all, is that they draw less energy.)
For example, an LED bulb with comparable brightness to a 60W incandescent is only 8 to 12 watts.
But don’t bother doing the math — there isn’t a uniform way to convert incandescent watts to LED watts. Instead, a different form of measurement should be used: lumens.
The lumen (lm) is the real measurement of brightness provided by a light bulb, and is the number you should look for when shopping for LEDs. For reference, I posted, along with a few pics, a chart that shows the watt-lumen conversion for incandescents and LEDs. I hope you find it useful.
An incandescent can draw up to five times as many watts for the same number of lumens. Get a sense of the brightness (in lumens) you need before going shopping, and throw away your affinity for watts.
Remember, you’ll probably pay more for an LED bulb. LED bulbs are like hybrid cars: cheaper to operate but pricier upfront.
When switching to LED bulbs, don’t expect to save buckets of cash overnight. Instead, think of it as an investment. Competition has increased and LED bulbs have come down in price (like this LED from Bell and Howell), but you should still expect to pay more than you would for an incandescent style bulb. LEDs, however, are very competitive when compared with fluorescent style bulbs and provide more light for the buck.
Ultimately, the LED bulbs will pay for themselves. In the meantime, you’ll enjoy less heat production, and longer bulb life.
Oh…. I almost forgot, back to mother. We replaced those low lumens fluorescents (she now uses them as night lights) and and high heat expensive electricity burning incandescent bulbs with LEDs, (in the back up bulb drawer.) She is now a happy camper and does not need a flashlight to go to the bathroom. Mom (and I) highly recommended these bulbs.