The house was well designed for its time with more than average windows for the '20s. However, lighting is minimal and the redwood ceilings are dark so we need to leave lights on most of the time.
LED lights use about 15% of their incandescent counterparts for the same amount of light. This is due to LEDs producing very little heat, which is where most of the energy goes in an incandescent.
I have been replacing a lot of the light bulbs with LEDs and have added some LED track lights and recessed cans as well. This helps me feel good about having lots of light in the house, which I have noticed has a substantial effect on my mood.
The only problem is when LED bulbs first came out the color was harsh and they cost about $20 for a 60w replacement LED. All of those prices have gone way way down, especially the generic 60w bulb.
When I saw that Home Depot had a mountain of these at the checkout stand at 4 for $10, I had to get a couple packs. $2.50 a bulb is so cheap and they'll pay for themselves in no time. Are they decent?
They totally rule!
They look just like regular bulbs.
I'm very impressed with these, especially at the price. There is no reason to get regular incandescent 60w bulbs anymore. They're even making LED Edison bulbs so there will be no reason at all to get anything but LED in the future. Looks like the LED bulb has finally become the true replacement for all residental bulbs.
Even the LED Edison bulbs are good!
Below 4W LED (60W replacement) on the left compared to 100W incandescent: