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10 tips for saving electricity with LED lamps - it's that easy!

You want to save electricity with LED lamps? Perfect, then you are exactly right here! The price trend for electricity supply has been pointing ever upwards in recent years. Consumer experts are certain that the end of the electricity price increase is still a long way off. It is therefore not surprising that more and more people in Germany are looking for ways to save money in order to reduce electricity costs. Lighting in a household offers great potential for saving energy and money. For example, it is possible to save up to 80 percent of the energy costs for lighting by switching to LED lamps.₁

Therefore, in this article I would like to present you 10 valuable tips, info's and benefits that speak for the improved use of LED lamps.

10 tips to better exploit the environmental protection potential of LED lamps

Many people in Germany have grown up with the light bulb and find it incredibly difficult to say goodbye to this source of lighting. But the ban on incandescent bulbs means that most households have no other choice. And this is a good thing - because more than 95 percent of the energy used to produce light is wasted in an incandescent bulb and converted into heat. Incandescent bulbs, for example, are anything but energy-efficient and have therefore been banned by the EU, not without reason. Although most households no longer have incandescent bulbs in their lamp sockets, they have nevertheless chosen other similarly inefficient sources of lighting. This is because halogen lamps, fluorescent tubes and energy-saving lamps are also anything but energy-efficient and in some cases contain very harmful substances that can be very hazardous to health.

Particularly in the case of lighting, household save a lot of money in a sustainable way, if you click on LED illuminant sets. The Change is very easy to perform and has a lot of advantages.

What to consider when switching to LED lamps and why LEDs are the best solution for the lighting concept in the living room, I have summarized below. As promised, you will now receive 10 info's and tips for saving electricity with LED lamps.

1. reduce energy consumption immediately by switching to LED.

Compared to conventional light sources such as incandescent bulbs, halogen lamps or fluorescent tubes, light-emitting diodes succeed in providing the highest possible energy efficiency for lighting in living spaces. Because LED lamps do not produce heat, but convert all the energy into light. Thus, light-emitting diodes consume only a fraction of the energy compared to conventional light sources. The luminosity of LED lamps is often significantly higher than that of other lamps. Thus, LED technology makes it possible to benefit from a gigantic savings potential. It is not without reason that the inventor of the LED lamp was awarded the Nobel Prize only a short time ago. Thanks to the high energy efficiency of light-emitting diodes, consumers are able to save the Rapidly reduce electricity costs downward.

2. no rewiring of existing lamps necessary

Most consumers fear that they will incur significant additional costs when switching to LED lamps. But the fact is: To equip one's lamps and luminaires with light-emitting diodes, it takes no costly rewiring or even the purchase of new light sources. All LED bulbs are also available in the most common lamp sockets, so the change can be done quickly.

3. properly use high luminous efficiency of LED bulbs

Up to 20 percent of a household's total electricity costs can be attributed to the lighting in its own four walls. If you want to cut electricity costs, the best way to do so is to switch to LED lighting. The luminous efficacy of LEDs is often more than 100 lumens per watt. It is therefore possible to use significantly less electricity to achieve the same luminous efficacy than is the case with other light sources. To make ideal use of the high luminous efficacy, the following should ideally be used Walls and ceilings painted with a light color are used. This allows the light to be reflected and benefit from the high luminous efficiency.

4. provide a suitable lighting atmosphere with different light colors

Another great advantage of LED lighting is that the color of the light can be adjusted in many different ways. Here it is above all smart LED lighting, with which it succeeds to control the brightness by means of a remote controln, change the light color or provide a colorful light. 

5. pay attention to the service life of the LED bulbs.

Even if the purchase price is somewhat higher than for other light sources, light emitting diodes with a very high longevity points. LED lamps last up to 50,000 hours of light and therefore require comparatively little maintenance. The high durability means that the price pays for itself after just a few months. However, not all LEDs are of the same quality. Here it is often worthwhile to reach for higher-priced LED bulbs in order to benefit from a long service life.

6. also Co2 is saved!

LED lamps to save electricity

Not only the great energy efficiency of light-emitting diodes protects the environment, but also in the production succeeds in providing significantly more sustainability. This is because less electricity is needed in the production of LED bulbs, so that CO2 emissions can also be reduced. The right way is therefore to push a switch to environmentally friendly LED bulbs. Many companies in Germany have completely converted their lighting to light-emitting diodes. It is estimated that this has saved more than 1.8 tons of CO2 per year.₂ Accordingly, the switch to light-emitting diodes leaves a better ecological footprint. In addition, light-emitting diodes do not contain toxic substances such as mercury, so that defective bulbs can be recycled without any problems. 

Good to know: Did you know that in China, for example, New Year's Eve is increasingly celebrated with an LED drone show in the sky?₃ This is another way to celebrate the Start the new year more sustainably!

7. improve lighting atmosphere in living rooms

Another point in favor of switching to LED lamps is the very pleasant light atmosphere. For light emitting diodes are now available in all imaginable light colors and brightness levels, so that the ambience can be significantly improved. Whether for Effective work in the home officeWhether it's a cozy mood light in the living room or a dimmable night light in the bedroom - you can now find a wide variety of LEDs for every purpose and every need. Indirect lighting in your own four walls can also be created very easily with LED lamps.

8. use motion detector for LED lamps

Especially in the hallway and on the stairs, it is not uncommon for the light to be on for hours without being noticed. Accordingly, one should install a motion detector for the hallway and staircase areawhich switches the lighting on and off as needed. Of course, motion detectors can also be connected with LED bulbs.

9. dimmable LEDs provide additional energy savings

If the light is too bright and you prefer a cozy living room lighting, especially in the evening hours, you should Reach for dimmable LED bulbs. In this way, the power consumption can be reduced even further, since dimmed light sources require significantly less energy than when the full power of LEDs is called up. This is one of the most important tips for saving electricity with LED lamps!

10. use LED as indirect lighting source

LED light tubes are perfect for creating decorative accents in the living room. Thus, LED illuminants can also provide a very pleasant and comfortable background lighting. For this purpose the Light tubes only be placed behind chests of drawers, living room walls or behind the sofa to create a very cozy indirect source of lighting.

Save electricity with LED lamps!

If you want to save money, you should not hesitate and go for LED lamps. Because with light-emitting diodes it is not only possible to reduce energy costs by up to 20 percent - you can save your own Making life even more sustainable. Likewise, the many different functions of LED lighting manage to improve the ambience in the living space enormously. Thus, there are a variety of reasons that speak for a change to LED lamps.

Do you have any questions about saving electricity with LED lamps? Then write me a comment as always.

Stay sustainable,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS.: Look you with pleasure still further in the sustainable technology blog um. Find out, for example, what exactly the term Refurbished for electronic devices means!

References:
₁ D. Wagenblass: Saving energy at home: 10 tips for saving electricity with LEDs, available at https://t1p.de/anro. [18.02.2021].

₂ S. Günther: LED lighting helps companies save costs and CO2 (as of 22.10.2014), available at https://t1p.de/ea0f. [18.02.2021].

₃ F. Rotberg: LED drones instead of fireworks (update), available at https://t1p.de/phif. [18.02.2021].

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Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

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