Switching to LED lighting is happening fast, not only because of the savings that can be made and the environmental benefits, but also because there are now documented improvements in human well-being because of this type of lighting.
You already know that LED is bringing about many changes to major cities around the world. Recently, the impact of LED lights has reached smaller cities in the United States as well. LED lights are now the number one light source in the world. From Los Angeles to Dubai, cities are saving money and energy by switching to LED light bulbs. Although converting to LEDs saves money and increases energy efficiency, smaller cities and towns have been able to make the transition due to high switching costs. LEDs are ultra-efficient, have a longer working life, significantly reduce CO2 emissions as compared to incandescent bulbs, lower power bills and reduce replacement costs. Considering all these benefits, smaller cities and towns are now ready to make the switch and start saving money with LED lights.
How do LED Lights Save Money?
LED bulbs are still more expensive than their incandescent equivalents but they are far cheaper to run.
There is considerable variation in the price and performance of all bulb types but the below figures are typical:
- A 100-watt incandescent bulb costs around $0.75, costs $12.05 per year to run based on 3hr/day, 11₵/kWh, and lasts for around 1,000 hours. If you have 30 bulbs in your house, it will cost you $361.50 per year.
- A 23-watt CFL bulb produces around the same amount of light, but costs around $3, costs $2.77 per year to run based on 3hr/day, 11₵/kWh, and lasts for 8,000 hours. If you have 30 bulbs in your house, it will cost you $83.10 per year.
- A 14-watt LED bulb costs $6, costs $1.69 per year to run based on 3hr/day, 11₵/kWh, and lasts for 25,000 hours. If you have 30 bulbs in your house, it will cost you $50.70 per year.
Although the LED bulb costs around eight times as much, it lasts 20–25 times longer and the lower running costs add up over time. By switching from a 100-watt incandescent bulb to a 14-watt LED bulb it will save you $310.80 per year.
Here are some cities that are saving money by switching to LED lights.
The small county of Tompkins in New York is planning a switch to LED lights. The city of Ithaca and a few towns make up the population of 100,000 people in Tompkins County. They will reduce energy consumption by 65% after switching to LED lights.
LED in North Carolina
North Carolina is the ninth most populated state in America and has recently replaced more than 10,000 lights in visitor center, hotels and bars, hospitals, highways, etc. The major highways center around the capital city of Raleigh, but the transition to LED lights is set to affect smaller cities and towns. The switch will include secondary routes as well as rest stops and Public areas.
The small city of Valparaiso, Indiana will be brighter, safer, and more efficient late this fall. Valparaiso is replacing more than 1,300 lights with LED lights. The small city of 31,000 people tested and researched the project for three years before switching to LED lights. Now, this city saves more energy and money by switching to LED lights.
In the next few years, we hope to see more small towns and cities all around the world saving money by switching to LED lights. Explore why our Safelumin LED lights can be a great option to save money with LED products! Safelumin only costs $0.78 per year to run based on 3hr/day, 11₵/kWh, and lasts for 25,000 hours. If you have 30 bulbs in your house, it will cost you $39 per year. The payback time is less than 2 years with additional backup light benefit during power outages!