Careful bulb selection means big savings
We can buy the standard incandescent bulbs for between 50 cents to $1-00 each or an LED bulb for $14- $18. They produce similar amount of light, the incandescent has a short life and the LED will last for 12 years plus. So it all comes down to the running costs.
Consumer NZ recently did a review of how they compare.
“Let’s compare a mid-range LED to a standard incandescent bulb.
The LED has the same brightness as a 60 watt incandescent bulb but draws only 9.5 watts. The LED costs $18.00 and has a lifespan of 15000 hours while the incandescent costs 50 cents but last 1000 hours. If the light is on for three hours each day the incandescent will use $17.08 worth of electricity per year compared to $2.70 for the LED.
That’s a saving of $14.38 per year, so the LED will pay for itself in a little over a year and will keep going for another 12 years at the 3 hours per day, while the incandescent will need to be replaced yearly and cost more to run.”
Read up more about LED light bulbs in this Consumer article or check out the latest edition at your local Kāpiti library.
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