If you’ve found your way to this post, you’re probably considering switching to smart light bulbs but want to know how long do smart light bulbs last? Let me be the first to congratulate you – it’s a great idea! But then you see the price… Certainly, smart light bulbs cost more than probably any other lighting option on the market at the moment, but they also have many more benefits, including a much longer lifespan. But how long do smart light bulbs actually last? And are they actually worth the additional expense? Let’s break it down.
How long do smart light bulbs last?
Since all smart light bulbs are LEDs (light-emitting diode), you can expect them to last much longer than your old incandescent bulbs. On average, a smart light bulb lasts for 15,000 to 25,000 hours. It depends on the manufacturer of the bulb, and how often it is used. To give you an example, if a smart light bulb with a lifespan 15,000 hours is used 5 hours a day, it can last roughly 8 years.
Compare that with a standard incandescent light bulb which lasts on average 1,000 to 1,200 hours, and you can see already that you’re only going to need to change one smart light bulb for at least every 12.5 incandescent bulbs! So as long as smart light bulbs cost less than 12.5 times more than an incandescent bulb (they do!) then you’re going to be ahead.
But that’s not the only saving with smart light bulbs.
Smart light bulbs are more efficient than incandescent light bulbs
If you’ve bought light bulbs before, you’ll be familiar with the watts (W) measurement. An average household incandescent light bulb might be 60W, with brighter bulbs in the vicinity of 100W.
A watt in this instance is the rate at which energy is consumed. Think of watts as a measure of electrical flow. For example, a 100W light bulb uses energy at a higher rate than a 60W bulb. The bottom line is this – the more watts needed to power your light bulb, the higher your electricity bill is going to be.
The average LED smart light bulb needs 10 watts to work, which is obviously 6 times more efficient than a 60W incandescent bulb!
On top of its efficiency, smart light bulbs give you the capability to better control lighting in your household. You can ensure lights are automatically switched off when they are no longer needed, helping to further lower those power bills.
Should I buy smart light bulbs?
Taking into account the lifespan of a smart light bulb and its efficiency, you are far better in the long run to switch to smart light bulbs. For every smart light bulb you purchase, you will be replacing at least 12 incandescent bulbs and using 6 times less power to light your household. It sounds like a pretty smart decision to me.