Today we continue to our series of articles reviewing energy saving LED lighting for the home.
In our previous article on using the EcoSmart LED A19 light bulb from The Home Depot, we focused on using this LED light bulb within ceiling light receptacles for very small areas; a walk-in closet, bathrooms (both on the main floor and in the basement) and a basement landing area.
Now, we turn our attention to using this energy saving device in the same type of ceiling receptacles but in larger areas; a 12 foot long by 6 and 1/2 foot wide laundry room, a 19 foot long by 3 and 1/2 foot wide main hallway and a 15 foot by 12 foot unfinished basement workshop.
Now, did you notice that I used the term energy saving device to describe this new LED light bulb shown in the picture immediately below?
That is because it uses only 9 Watts of electricity to product the same amount of light as a 40 Watt incandescent (old fashioned) light bulb or a 14 Watt to a 25 Watt CFL light bulb. Actually, the specifications state that it uses only 8.6 Watts of electricity, but I’ll round up for simplicity; I like simple.
And, by using less electricity to product the same amount of light it will directly reduce our electric utility bill to save us money. Remember, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, as recently as 2008 lighting accounted for the second most usage of electricity in the home at 15.4% to a home’s entire electric bill.
And, per The Home Depot’s web site this bulb is supposed to last up to 50,000 hours.
Now, first the laundry room. We have a laundry room which is a little larger than many. Those of you who followed us in our floor tiling renovation project recently know that our laundry room is adjacent at one end to the front foyer of our home. At the other end of our laundry room is the door to the attached garage, so we are using the laundry room quite a bit every day for short periods of time.
Now, when I removed the cover of the ceiling light receptacle I was shocked to find not one but two 60 Wall incandescent light bulbs. One hundred and twenty Watts to light up the laundry room! Geeesh.
So, I swapped out the two 60 Wall A19 incandescent for two of the energy saving 9 Watt EcoSmart A19 LED light bulbs from The Home Depot and returned the cover onto the ceiling light receptacle (after first cleaning the inside of the cover ).
So, the question is, will the two LED light bulbs provide sufficient light in the 12 foot X 6 1/2 foot laundry room? A resounding yes! The picture below was taken (A) without any flash (B) at night (C) after the two 9 Watt LED light bulbs were installed.
Just think of all the electricity we are now saving, albeit for short periods of time but many times during every day!
Next, the 19 foot long by 3 1/2 foot wide wide main hallway. On the hallway’s ceiling are two mounted light receptacles, at each end, each of which currently use two 15 Watt CFL light bulbs. One of the CFL’s has stopped working after only 3 years.
So, after replacing the 15 Watt CFL’s with 9 Watt EcoSmart LED light bulb, what is the verdict?
Well, the picture above again was taken (A) at night (B) without any camera flash and (C) after replacing the existing CFL light bulbs with the LED light bulbs. As you can see plenty of light. Actually, it might be a tad too bright at night. We will see after a few nights if we perhaps need to remove one of the LED light bulbs in each of the two ceiling mounted lights to see if that will be sufficient. Again, saving electricity and thereby saving money by using LED light bulbs.
Lastly, our basement workshop. Now a few comments are in order. First, please excuse the extreme mess!
Second, notice that there is a single light socket over one table as well as a 4 outlet lighting over the work bench against the far wall. In the 4 lighting outlet, only three of the four receptacles are working. Yes replacing these CFL’s with the 9 Watt LED light bulbs provide very good light for the workshop, especialy directly over the work tables / benches.
However, what I wanted to show you was shape of the 4 light bulbs in the lighting fixture against the far wall.
Yes, they are 14 Watt CFL’s but look at the shape. And now look again at the picture of the workshop above. My point is that do not think that just because the shape of a current light bulb is not similar to the standard A19 shape that you cannot use an LED A19 light bulb, at least these ones from The Home Depot, in the same light fixture. As long as the base of the current light bulb is a ‘medium’ type base and the amount of lumens produced are similar, this new LED light bulb could do the trick.
Yes, you will notice that I rarely talk about lumens, even though most articles and web sites will mention that this is the key. However, while they are correct you will almost never see the amount of lumens printed on existing incandescent or even on CFL light bulbs. So, I keep my discussions to Watts.
In our next article we will start to look at electricity saving low wattage LED light bulbs for recessed ceiling lights. And, we will start to share with you some mistakes and discoveries we made in this regard.
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