How Many Watts Does a Lamp Use? Does It Use a Lot of Power?
We all know that heaters and air conditioners are the biggest power suck, but you should be aware of how much power your lights use too. The bulb in a lamp will determine how much power it uses, with LED bulbs being the most energy efficient. They only use 10–18 watts of power, while classic incandescent bulbs use between 60–120 watts.
To see how much that adds up to in dollars spent on your power bill, we’ll have to do some math. We’ll use an average of 10 watts for LED bulbs and 60 watts as an average for incandescent bulbs, but your power usage will depend on your bulb’s wattage. We’ll also estimate energy prices with the national average of $0.12 per kWh.
That’s pretty cheap for one light! Now let’s compare that with an incandescent bulb.
Going by these quick estimates, you can see that a 10-watt LED bulb is nearly 10 times cheaper over the course of a year than a 60-watt incandescent bulb. It’s time to throw out all those old incandescent bulbs!
How Much Do Lamps Use Compared to Other Items in the House?
Lights don’t use a lot of power compared to other appliances in the house, like air conditioners, heaters, stoves, and so on. Let’s do a quick comparison of what it costs to run some common household appliances versus a regular lamp with an LED bulb.
As you can see by these estimates, your light bulbs aren’t costing you very much money in the long run at all. However, switching to LED bulbs can help save a few bucks over the span of a year.
How to Save Power
Nobody likes exorbitant power bills, so why don’t we check out some useful ways you can save a few bucks on your power bill? Over time, it will add up to more than you’re probably expecting.
Lamps don’t use much power in the long run compared to other power-hog appliances in the house, but you can save a fair chunk of change by replacing inefficient incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs.
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