I have been eagerly watching the development of LED lighting, as it has great potential, but also is very expensive. But as volumes go up, prices will keep dropping.
At my city house, the outside lights are on a timer to turn on at dusk, off at sunset. The house has 8 exterior lights – the front, side and back of the house. Each has a 40 watt bulb, but are dimmed to about 75% – therefore 8 lights x 30 watts = 240 watts on 8 to 12 hours every single night of the year. Drives me crazy to “waste” that much energy.
But this week at Reno-Depot I found a PAR 20 LED floodlight for $ 9.00. Bought one to try out. Light has that blue-ness to it, but works great. And consume 2 watts !
So now 8 lights x 2 watts x 75% (from dimming) = 12 watts. 95% less energy ! Now I have to go out and buy seven more !
Bring on the LED’s !