Should I Buy LED Bathroom Lights or Just Replacement Lamps?
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If you’re planning a bathroom remodel, new electrical codes may force you to buy LED bathroom lights. As our population grows and demand for electricity increases, states like California, New York and Colorado are tightening the belt on residential electrical codes. So do you invest a couple hundred dollars in true LED bathroom lights? Or do you retrofit your old vanity lights and recessed lighting with LED replacement lamps? Bathroom Lighting Showdown – True LED vs. LED Replacement Lamps The Elin LED Bath Light in chrome with frosted glass consumes only 25W, compared to nearly 500W consumed by equivalent incandescent lamps. While the initial price is higher, your combined energy savings and rebates will eventually pay for itself. First, let’s compare the advantages of true LED fixtures vs. incandescent lights with LED bulbs: True LED fixtures are the obvious winner when it comes to longevity and long term cost savings. But replacement LED lamps are a cheap workaround if you don’t mind the poorer light quality. Problem is, some states like California won’t even allow these LED lamps on certain permitted bathroom remodels. How to Save Money on LED Bathroom Lights The ET2 Volt Bronze LED Bath Light is UL Listed, one of the primary marks to look out for when applying for LED lighting rebates. If your state or county hasn’t already enacted stricter electrical codes, they will eventually. Luckily, there are a number of LED bathroom lights under $100 . Another great way to save is through energy efficiency incentives, or rebates. While your specific energy provider will have different incentives, the basic steps for applying are: Find LED bathroom lights that are UL or ETL Listed. You’ll get bonus points if the fixtures are also Energy Star qualified. Find out who your energy provider is. Call them to find out if there are still funds available for this year’s residential lighting rebate program. These programs typically expire on December 31st, and renew in early February. Check your state’s Qualified LED Product List (search it on Google). Find out if your intended LED bathroom lights are listed there. If you keep coming up with no results, contact Euro Style Lighting to help you find qualified fixtures. Purchase the fixtures and keep the product specification sheets. You will need to attach these to your application. Purchase dimming switches for your vanity lights and ambient lighting. Dimmers will increase your overall energy saving score, which will increase your rebates! Install the fixtures according to all applicable local, state and national codes and ordinances. This can be difficult to do by yourself, so we advise you to hire a qualified electrician. LED fixtures must be installed and operational before you can apply for rebates. Fill out the energy rebates application, attach spec sheets, and submit it to your energy provider. Call your energy provider once every month to track the status of the application until it is approved. If you’re planning a bathroom remodel, do you plan to buy true LED bathroom lights or LED replacement lamps? How did you factor light quality, lifespan and energy savings into the equation? Post your solutions below! Image source: Euro Style Lighting