Are your 60-watt light bulbs starting to burn out? Before you replace them with another incandescent bulb, use the opportunity to change to LED light bulbs. With the cost of these bulbs and recessed lighting trim kits dropping over the past few years - and the technology improving - the benefits of installing energy-efficient lights can be well worth the initial investment. Call Edison Electric, Inc. when you’re ready to have new lights installed in your Minneapolis or St. Paul, MN home. When you book an appointment with us, we promise to provide upfront pricing!
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Energy-Efficient Lighting Installation
Upgrading to energy-efficient LED light bulbs is a great way to get started on the path to home energy efficiency. These bulbs can be phased in and purchased slowly – one at a time if desired - to fit your budget. When purchasing bulbs, buy ones made by a brand name, reputable company that offers a warranty. While the price may seem more expensive than the standard 60-watt incandescent bulb, it will pay off in the long run. The standard “A” base (A19) 60-watt bulb, which costs $0.30, must be replaced about once a year and costs about $8.50 a year to operate. In comparison, the 9-watt “A” base equivalent LED bulb sells for around $9 and costs around $1 to operate annually. The investment pays off in just over one year in most cases.
You can also choose to purchase LED kits for recessed lighting. The trim kits are popular because they look great, give off a warm light, are easy to clean, and they perform well in wet locations such as a shower. If you are interested in a kit, call Edison Electric, Inc. and talk to one of our electricians!
Benefits of Having a Professional Install Your LED Trim Kits
Have you seen enough YouTube videos to convince yourself that installing an LED trim kit is a DIY project you can handle? While this might seem like a tempting project to try on your own, we advise against it. Instead, hire an electrician to install your lights to ensure the kit is installed correctly. It also gives a professional a chance to inspect the wiring inside of your recessed light to see if there are any issues and make the repairs on the spot!
During the service call, you can also ask the electrician about installing a whole-house surge protector. This can help preserve the lifespan of your light bulbs, home electronics, dimmer switches, and your trim kits.
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Benefits of Adding LED Lights Under Cabinets
LED lights provide many options for your home, including under-cabinet lighting. These provide a great way to put task lighting on your beautiful backsplash or countertop that you want to draw attention to. It also adds light under your cabinets, where sometimes light is lacking.
When choosing the right type of under-cabinet lighting, it’s important to consider the following:
- The color of the light. You can choose to match the rest of the lighting in the room or select something different.
- The style of the light. Some options are strip lights, puck lights, or low-voltage lights.
- The type of light. You can choose from LED, fluorescent, halogen, xenon, and others. An advantage of selecting an LED light is these do not heat up as much as other types of lights, meaning it is less likely to melt any appliances directly under the light. These bulbs also need to be replaced less often than other types of lights.