It’s no secret that LED (Light Emitting Diode) lamps are the path to the future. With incandescent bulbs now unavailable in many places, and CFL out of favor because of mercury \concerns, more and more households and businesses are turning to the ultra-efficient LED.
Why are LEDs better?
- Longer Life — Unlike most other bulbs, LED lights don’t “burn out.” Instead, they slowly lose luminescence over a long period of time. Accordingly, you only need to replace your bulbs after they’ve diminished by 30%. With average use, many LED bulbs can last ten to twenty years!
- Reduced energy costs — Compared to incandescent bulbs, an LED saves $1.23 for a half-hour of operation. (That’s per bulb!) That can add up to hundreds of dollars in energy savings each year.
- Safer Bulbs — LED bulbs do not use mercury or other toxic chemicals.
- White Light, Green Life — While LED bulbs can produce many different colors, you’ll always live the “green life” with these lights installed! They’re recyclable and completely free of eco-damaging materials. And because they’re energy-efficient and last a long time, it doesn’t take as much energy to manufacture or operate them.
- No UV Emissions — UV and infrared lights pose certain safety concerns, but most LED bulbs are 99 to 100% UV-emissions free.
- Versatility — LED bulbs are more durable, less breakable, more adaptable to being turned on and off frequently, and more compatible with cold-weather temperatures (an important consideration here in Colorado!)
LED Bulbs Cost More?
If there’s a downside to LED bulbs, it’s that they initially cost more. But when you consider how infrequently you’ll have to replace them — and how much they’ll impact your energy bill — the math really speaks for itself.
Many families who switch to LED lighting in their home see the savings in two years or less. Businesses see it even faster.