LED strip lights do not cost a lot of electricity compared to traditional incandescent lights. Consumption is directly determined by the length of the strip light and its light density. A standard 5-meter strip will cost less than $3 a year to run, on average.
If you used a bulb for just two hours a day and paid the national average of 11.5 cents per kilowatt hour, a single 12-watt LED will cost you about $1 per year. Comparable CFLs that consume about 14 watts come to $1.17 per year and about $5 a year for 60-watt incandescents in that scenario.
Yes. LED strip lights are incredibly cheap to run. This is because LED converts 90% of its energy into light, making it the most cost-effective light source around.
The power draw tells us the amount of power the system will consume, so this is important to determine your electricity costs and power supply requirements (see below). A good quality LED strip should be capable of providing 4 watts per foot or more (15 W/meter).
No matter how many lights you add, they create and use their own power, meaning they will never add to your electric bill.
Comparison Between LED, CFL and Incandescent Light Bulbs:LEDIncandescentCost per bulb$2.50$1.25Daily cost*$0.005$0.03Annual cost*$1.83$10.95Cost for 50k hours @ $0.10 kWh$50$300
Comparison Between LED, CFL and Incandescent Light Bulbs:LEDIncandescentLifespan in hours10,0001,000Watts (equivalent 60 watts)1060Cost per bulb$2.50$1.25Daily cost*$0.005$0.03
Determining Wattage and Usage Leaving the lights on the whole day will therefore cost you: 30 bulbs x 0.06 (60 watts / 1000) kilowatts x 24 hours x 12 cents = $5.2 a day.
LED bulbs have a higher upfront cost than incandescent bulbs. Initially, this may lead people to believe that it's more cost-effective to buy incandescent lighting than LED lighting.
A “normal” incandescent bulb costs about 0.75cents per hour, and LEDs or CFLs cost only one-sixth of that – so leaving the lights on (either overnight or while you're at work for the day, say both are about 8 hours) costs you roughly 6 cents for a normal light and a bit over 1 cent for modern bulbs.
Cost Comparison Between LEDs, CFLs, and Incandescent Light BulbsLEDIncandescentCost per bulb$5$1KWh of electricity used over 25,000 hours212.51500Cost of electricity (@ 0.10 per KWh)$21.25$150Bulbs needed for 25,000 hours of use121
Can I Cut The LED Strip Light Anywhere Else? You can, but we wouldn't recommend it. By cutting an LED strip light anywhere other than the designated cutting point, you run the risk of damaging the components on the strip itself, as well as the circuit board. This may ultimately result in the strip light not working.
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