8 Things You Didn’t Know About LED Lighting

1. LED stands for light-emitting diode. Unlike conventional incandescent bulbs, LEDs do not have a filament that heats up to provide light. Instead, LED bulbs have a semiconductor that converts electricity into light more efficiently and with less heat. Because there is no filament, LEDs won’t suddenly burn out like regular bulbs. The brightness of the LED slowly fades or dims over time.

2. LED bulbs instantly reach full brightness. A common complaint with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) is that they don’t reach full brightness when first switched on. Also, the life of CFL bulbs is diminished by frequently turning them on and off. LEDs reach full brightness immediately, and the lifespan and quality of light is unaffected no matter how often you flip the switch.
Things You Didn't Know About LEDs

3. LEDs are extremely energy efficient. LED bulbs are six to seven times more efficient than standard incandescent bulbs and use significantly less energy to produce the same amount of light. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, switching entirely to LEDs over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs and reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50%.

4. Outdoor LED lights attract fewer insects. Bugs and other pesky insects are attracted to the heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays generated by conventional outdoor lighting. Because LED light burns cooler and does not emit ultraviolet rays, fewer bugs will be buzzing around the light at night.

5. LED bulbs can be recycled. Where do all those burned out incandescent and fluorescent bulbs go? Straight to the trashcan and then into landfills. You can dispose of LED bulbs in a more environmentally friendly way. LED bulbs do not contain mercury and can be safely recycled in many areas.

6. LED bulbs are available in a range of colors. LED lights are typically available in warm white, soft white, and bright white colors. Warm white and soft white produce a yellow hue similar to incandescent bulbs, while bright white LEDs produce a whiter light that is similar to daylight. The light color, or color temperature as it is often called, is measured in Kelvins (K). The lower the Kelvin number (up to 3000K), the warmer or more yellow the light is. A higher Kelvin number (4500K or more) creates daylight colors that appear cool blue-white.

7. LED bulbs and fixtures save you money in the long run. It’s true that LED lighting has higher upfront costs, but switching to LEDs pays off over time with lower energy bills, fewer bulb replacements, and reduced maintenance costs.

Another reason LED bulbs save you money? Prices have dropped 60%-80% over the past few years, making LED lighting even more cost efficient. According to Money magazine, the average price of an LED light bulb was about $25 in 2013. Today, many types of LED bulbs are sold for less than $10 each. Prices should continue to fall as more and more homeowners and businesses make the switch to LED lighting.

8. LEDs have an impressive lifespan. How long do LEDs last? Many top quality LED bulbs and fixtures have an average life of 50,000 hours. Compare that to about 1,200 hours for incandescent light and 10,000 hours for fluorescent bulbs. A fluorescent bulb operating 12 hours a day will need to be replaced every 27 months, but you won’t need a new LED bulb for 11 years!

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There are 2 comments so far

  • bob
    2 years ago

    This is a great topic .Thank you .Cities and counties across our great nation are offering discounted LED bulbs through programs .Costing consumers .99 per 9 watt out put = 60 watts .Spread the News

  • Randy
    2 years ago

    Replaced all bulbs in house with new ones, they all went bad in 3 months.

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