In our previous home LED lighting series, I discussed the PAR 20 light bulb, the need we had for it within our many recessed ceiling pot lighting fixtures.
I also indicated that my focus was that the LED light bulb I ordered look as much as possible as the current 50 Watt incandescent PAR 20 light bulbs and that it was the same size.
Now, in the prior article I purposely left out the wattage equivalent of the LED PAR 20 light bulb which I obtained from The Home Depot who are sponsoring this home LED article series.
Now I’ll tell you. The LED PAR 20 light bulb I obtained I only noticed after I received them produced the equivalent of 3.5 watts. Sure, go ahead … do the math … a 3.5 Watt equivalent LED light bulb vs the current 50 Watt incandescent light bulb. Yikes!
The EcoSmart PAR 20 LED light bulb I did not choose produces an equivalent of 8 Watts.
Well, step one was to first install one of the new PAR 20 LED light bulbs in place of the current non-working incandescent light bulb. When I did this, here was the result:
Yes, you can see in the picture below that of the four recessed lights in the ceiling of the bathroom, the one in the upper left is the new 3.5 Watt LED light bulb because I purposely left the recessed lighting fixture hanging down from the ceiling so you could tell.
What was the result of the lighting in the bathroom once I had replaced all four 50 Watt Incandescent PAR 20 light bulbs with four 3.5 Watt equivalent LED PAR 20 light bulbs? Take a look at the picture below:
I don’t know if you can tell, but compare it to the prior picture which contained three 50 Watt incandescent PAR 20 light bulbs and only one 3.5 Watt equivalent LED PAR 20 light bulb. The light in the bathroom with four 3.5 Watt LED PAR 20 light bulbs in a little dark; too dark, actually.
So, here is what I did. Of the four recessed pot lighting fixtures in the ceiling, I ended up using two of the original 50 Watt incandescent PAR 20 light bulbs (over the bathtub and near the sink) with two of the 3.5 Watt LED PAR 20 light bulbs, as shown in the picture below. At least I was able to reduce by about 45% the amount of watts used in the bathroom.
Now, don’t worry, Megan. Whose ‘Megan’? She is my contact for The Home Depot. As she is reading this she is thinking something like “My gosh, what will Dan do with all those PAR 20 LED light bulbs The Home Depot provided him with? Should I start to worry?”
Well, no worries.
I did use 6 of the 3.5 Watt LED PAR 20 light bulbs in my daughter’s adjacent bedroom’s recessed ceiling pot lights. Yes, the resultant light could be a touch brigher, but we are saving so much electricity. As well, since she doesn’t read in the room and either listens to music or watches the TV, it is actually pretty good lighting for those purposes.
She does spend a lot of time in her bedroom in the evenings. So using six 3.5 Watt PAR 20 LED light bulbs vs six 14 Watt PAR 20 CFL light bulbs will result in a significant amount of electricity savings for our home.
However, I still have many of the 3.5 Watt LED PAR 20 light bulbs to use. I have found some great uses for them, some planned and some definitely not planned but which turned out pretty good.
Select this link to continue to the next article in this home LED lighting series where we use these very low PAR 20 LED ight bulbs in our master en suite. You just might be surprised.
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