Bulb Basics: The ABC’s of LEDs

Let’s shed a little light on the subject of LED bulbs

We’re all familiar with the old adage — you get what you pay for. And while you may pay a little more upfront for LED light bulbs as compared to their more conventional counterparts, they last so much longer, you’ll easily make up for any extra initial expense over time.

What are LED lights and how do they work?

An acronym that stands for Light-Emitting Diode, LED lights function in much the same way as traditional incandescent bulbs or compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) in that you simply screw them into an outlet, then flip the switch to light up the room. Available in a range of shapes, sizes and wattage levels, LED bulbs can be subbed in for standard versions pretty much anywhere you need to shed a little light on the subject, from lamps and track lighting to hanging fixtures — even Christmas decorations.

According to EnergyStar.gov, LED products can produce light up to 90 percent more efficiently than regular incandescent lighting. (1) Whereas traditional bulbs conduct light via a thin filament that eventually burns out, LED lighting relies on a microchip that illuminates miniscule light sources to create the same brightness using much less energy. Because they only produce a fraction of the heat that regular light bulbs generate, LED lights are safe for use in any number of different applications, a particularly important benefit if you have curious young children or pets in your home.

It’s true that the advanced technology LED lighting requires for use will cost you a little more when you purchase the products. The good news, however, from EnergyStar.gov indicates that LED lights can last 30 to 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs, and 2 to 5 times longer than fluorescent lights (2). So, while you’ll pay more at first for LED lights than you would for an incandescent or CFL product, you’ll actually be saving money when you factor in the LEDs’ much longer lifespan.

The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewal Energy estimates that good quality white LED lighting products can be expected to have a useful life of 30,000 to 50,000 hours — maybe even longer. This is a significant improvement over typical incandescent lamps that only work for approximately 1,000 hours or CFL products that last 8,000 to 10,000 hours. (3)

Other advantages of LED lights

LED bulbs don’t contain any mercury and use energy efficiently to produce light, making them an attractive choice for anyone who’s interested in conserving the environment and reducing their carbon footprint. And because they last so long, they’re ideal for placement in hard-to-access spots such as those that require a ladder to reach.

Another timely selling point — LED lights aren’t affected by cold temperatures, so homeowners can feel free to stock up on them for seasonal outdoor holiday light displays. (Plus, you’ll realize the positive effect of LED efficiency when you receive your December electric bill.)

When purchasing LED lights, look for the EnergyStar logo on the package to rest assured you’re getting the best-rated product.         

Since its introduction back in the 1960s, the popularity of LED lighting has only continued to rise. And, as the technology continues to advance, it’s to safe to expect that we’ll see additional new LED products hitting the market and prices steadily coming down. In fact, studies anticipate that by the year 2030, LED products will account for 75 percent of all lighting sales. (4)


Author: Bart Palmer, Owner and General Manager of Lion Home Service
Company: Lion Home Services


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