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On Your Side: Switching to LED lighting

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Homeowners can now save time and save money with a product that literally pays for itself.

Industry experts say the cost of LED lighting technology has been dropping so sharply that it may finally be time to flip the switch in their own homes.

Jim Lites is the president of the Dallas Stars, and he recently outfitted the Dr. Pepper Starcenter in LED lighting.

The initial investment was almost $250,000, but the technology now so advanced that it will pay for itself in two to three years.

"You pay five times as much for the bulb knowing you're going to get to use it for 10 times as long, and it uses significantly less electricity," said Lites.

It also requires significantly less maintenance. Accessing burned out bulbs at the Starcenter means renting a lift at a cost of $500 an hour, in addition to buying new bulbs and paying off-hours overtime for the staff to switch them out.

Omair Bhatti is with Dallas-based L.E.D. City, the company responsible for the Starcenter lighting renovation.

He says technology and price have finally paired up to make this the time to flip the switch to LED for your home.

"You're gonna pay it off within two years," said Bhatti.

The lights burn cooler than halogen lights, are non-toxic and more durable than fluorescent lights.

When dropped, they don't shatter, and color temperatures now mimic incandescent lighting.

Bulbs are dimmable and can even be colorful, but it's in the soft dollar value where much of the savings can be found.

Right now, the lights in most houses not only burn hot, but the fixtures they're in are also inefficient.

"You've got air that's escaping through these cans," said Bhatti.

Retrofit LED kits not only improve light life and efficiency – they can push right into existing canisters, making the fixtures more efficient too and reducing the cost to cool rooms.

To learn more about L.E.D. City, visit http://ledcityusa.com/.

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