Light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs have been used for years in the electronics field, but over the past decade they have become a popular choice for the home – as they are energy efficient, and help people save money and preserve the environment. The problem is, many homeowners just don’t know what kind of LED to buy for their light fixtures. It can be a tiresome and frustrating process, as many manufacturers don’t tell you what wattage their LED bulb is equivalent to.

b2ap3_thumbnail_LED-lightingThough most of the time you will use LED bulbs for spotlights, tract lighting and recessed lighting, you can also use them for lamps. Companies are slowly improving the bulbs available, and you can usually find bulbs that will fit your reading and ceiling lamps, along with other types of lighting fixtures you may have. That means that you can replace you whole home with great energy-saving lighting!

Before you replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs, however, make sure the new bulb is suitable for your area. LED lights do not create that warm glow; instead, the light is bluer in color and can be brighter looking then incandescent lights.

Additionally, if you have never bought an LED light, start by replacing just one or two bulbs at first to see if you like them. Unfortunately, only after spending a lot of money on LED bulbs do homeowners find they don’t like them in their home – or in certain rooms of their home. A trial run in each room of your house will avoid this situation.

If you do find you like them, however, LED lights do last a long time – so you don’t have to replace them as often as you would a regular light bulb or a fluorescent bulb. Not only do you save money and use less power, but you also are helping to keep less waste in landfills, making the price of an LED bulb worth every penny for the environment.