When it comes to fixing up the lighting in your home, you can spend thousands of dollars on installing dimmers and new fixtures, or, you can just use smart lighting technology and be done in minutes. Smart light bulbs give you access to a host of features far beyond flipping a switch on and off, and can be used in existing lamps and fixtures.
But what about the cost?
Yes, smart bulbs cost more upfront than purchasing a typical light bulb. However, in the long run, they can actually end up saving you significant money on monthly bills, and will require less replacing. Check out the ways you can spend less and save more by using smart bulbs.
More Expensive, But More Features
Overall, the biggest thing to keep in mind is that smart lighting allows you to upgrade your space with features like dimmers and the ability to turn lights on and off with the touch of a button. Cool, yes, but even better, these features will actually save you money on your utility bills when you use them wisely. Just a few examples are:
- Dimmers: Dimming lights means you use less power. Particularly when it comes to LEDs, using them with a dimmer cuts down on energy at a 1:1 ratio; dimming it 25% will use 25% less energy, and so on.
- App Control: Remotely turning lights on and off when you enter and leave rooms means you can become your own personal movement sensor. Need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night? Avoid stumbling or leaving on a night light, and instead, control the bathroom light from bed with your smartphone.
- Exterior options: Outdoor lighting is a major consideration of homeowners since a dark yard is a perfect place for unwanted things to hide. When you need to take the dog out late at night, you can easily turn lights on and off - without having to install a complicated system - making sure you always feel safe, minus the cost.
Dimmers can lead to savings, but up-front costs are enormous.
Longer Lasting = Less Buying
Your typical incandescent light bulb lasts for maybe 1,000 hours. That means you would need to replace them at least nine times a year if you just left them on.
Smart light bulbs, on the other hand, have a higher initial cost, but last for a whopping 40,000 hours. Meaning, you would need to replace them just about every five years were you to leave them on.
Smart lighting saves on replacement and power costs.
LEDs Use Less Overall Power
On average, 12% of annual utility costs for a household are related to lighting, so cutting down on that amount can lead to serious savings. For years now, LEDs have been spotlighted as the most energy efficient alternative to traditional bulbs, using only 10% of the energy to achieve the same level of brightness.
Traditional incandescent bulbs are less energy-efficient because they produce much more heat than they do light. So you're paying for a lot of energy use, 90% of which goes to producing heat.
With LEDs on the other hand, only a tiny bit of energy is needed to generate a lot of light. In fact, they are so energy efficient that the Department of Energy believes that widespread use of LEDs could lead to savings of over $250 billion in energy costs over 20 years. Basically, if people switched to LEDs, it would be equivalent to building 40 power plants.
Adopting smart lighting gets you access to a host of cool features and some signifcant savings. Shop the SmartFX store and get started today.