Using LED Lights In The Garage

The past few article in this LED home lighting series has seen us write about the LED PAR 20 type of light bulb.

We actually started this LED home lighting series looking at the workhorse of most home light bulbs in North America, the A19.

Today we thought we would return to the A19 type of LED light bulb and see how it would work in the garage.

Now, The Home Depot’s A19 EcoSmart 9 Watt LED light bulb is, according to the product description, is dimmable and is for use indoors.

EcoSmart LED Lighting Using LED Lights In The Garage

However, according to the product packaging, it is “Not for use where exposed directly to the weather or water. Not for use in completely enclosed recessed fixtures.”

Well, I don’t consider inside the garage as exposing the EcoSmart LED A19 light bulb ‘directly’ to the weather.

Garage Door Opener Using LED Lights In The Garage

And, I don’t consider using this energy saving light bulb in the light fixtures within a garage door opener. icon smile Using LED Lights In The Garage

Now, as you can see from the above picture, one of the two light bulbs in the garage door opener has already burned out.

What light bulbs do we currently have in the unit?

40 Watt Incandescent Light Bulb in Garage Door Opener Using LED Lights In The Garage

Well, they are energy wasting incandescent light bulbs.

EcoSmart LED 9 Watt Light Bulb in Garage Door Opener Using LED Lights In The Garage

Yet, since they are both A19 type of light bulbs, I know that the 9 Watt LED light bulb from Home Depot will fit, as you can see in the above picture. So I first replaced the one in front and then the one in the back.

EcoSmart 9 Watt A19 LED Light Bulbs in Garage Door Opener Using LED Lights In The Garage

The question is, will they provide sufficient light?

9 Watt LED Light Bulbs in Garage at Night Using LED Lights In The Garage

Well, the above picture was taken, again without any flash, at night once the two 9 Watt A19 LED light bulbs were installed. These will do just fine and save us money because using two 9 Watt light bulbs will use about 75% less electricity than two 40 Watt light bulbs … and according to the Home Depot last many years longer.

So, remember, you do not have to spend several thousands of dollars at once to make your home more energy efficient and use less electricity. You can start with just one LED EcoSmart light bulb at a time.

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  1. Vasile says:


    Considering that they cost $15-$20 each, I just wish you’ll be around to see them paying for themselves from electricity savings :-) . If they were cheap, it wouldn’t matter, but the’re not. I have CFLs almost everywhere, since they are around $1 a piece.

    I’m certainly in the conservation camp, but I don’t think it’s worth it to replace the regular bulbs in places where the usage is minimal. But then again, I only know that my garage door opener automatically shuts down the lights after a few minutes, maybe others don’t…

    One more thing to consider, the garage door opener is subject to vibrations, that’s why the regular bulbs don’t last too much. I expect the LED ones to have a shorter than normal life in these conditions, too. Maybe the thermal stress will reduce their life, also.

    My rule is to install the expensive LED lights in places where they are used frequently and for significant time, or where they tend to be left on by mistake. That’s the only way they can make a difference.

  2. Dan says:

    Hi Vasile,
    Thanks for the comment.

    A few of thoughts.

    First, you raise an interesting point regarding being around long enough to receive the benefits. One the one hand, a lot of people seem to be going ga ga over the MicroFIT $30,000++ investment yet they won’t break even until year 7,8, 9 or more! That’s not for me.

    Here, what I would do would be to simply purchase an LED when an existing CFL light bulb goes out. For those still with incandescents I would change those right away due to the huge savings; e.g. 40 watt or 50 watt vs say 9 watt LED.

    Next, I wouldn’t necessarily go with the lights which are used a long period of time each time (e.g. a room). With the CFL’s prematurely stopping to work if used for just a few minutes at a time (as was the case for us in our bathroom and hallway) replacing with another CFL will see that new CFL also prematurely stopping to work in another few years, and so on.

    Someone who is good at math could work out the numbers; yet, with electric rates skyrocketing in at least osme raeas (e.g. Ontario 45%+ increase over the next 5 years per the Ontario government), those large electricity rate increases would have to be worked out in any pure cost-benefit based just on electricity reduction.

    And, of course, not everyone is pure dollars and cents. Some people would like to stop using incandescents but don’t want CFL’s with their Mercury content; Well, now they have an option with LED’s

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thought to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.

  4. Richard says:

    I sell LED products and have a few comments about home use. Given the higher cost of LED at the moment its not really economically viable to use them on fixtures that are rarely on. You can count on a 15 year payback if the use is less than 8 hours a day. I find the best model is for commercial use. We see a 1.5 year payback there. Given that the CFL is a fairly useful product at home still.

  5. Dan says:

    Hi Richard,
    Interesting comments.

    I would disagree with the 15 year payback if use is less than 8 hours a day.

    I can see much, much quicker payback for incandescent light bulbs where you can use a 9 Watt LED in place of a 40 or 50 or even a 60 Watt incandescent bulb.

    As well, while some might not be concerned, I am concerned about CFL’s breaking and releasing their Mercury content. LED’s have no such Mercury component.

    As stated in previous articles in this series, my recommendation would be to replace any light bulb when it stops working with an LED so you don’t have a major investment at once.

    As well, I do recommend replacing any incandescent light bulb, working or not, now with an LED for short term savings.

    That’s my take.

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