Energy efficient light bulbs have garnered a lot of press over the last decade. Incandescent light bulbs were found to be inefficient, which led to the development of energy saving lighting options that were good for the environment. Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs are the most energy efficient lights on the market. They have longer life spans and are free of toxic substances.
With an average lifetime of 25,000 to 50,000 hours, LED bulbs last the longest of any lights. LED bulbs use 6 to 8 watts of power for an annual consumption of 328 kilowatts. By comparison, standard incandescent light bulbs have a life span of 1,200 hours and use 60 watts for an annual consumption of 3,285 kilowatts. The lower energy consumption rate of LED light bulbs will greatly reduce your electric bill. It also reduces greenhouse emissions of carbon dioxide, nuclear waste and sulfur at power plants.
Like incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs turn on instantly. Despite their lower wattage output, LED bulbs provide a generous amount of light. The bulbs are very durable and rarely break when jarred or bumped.
Unlike incandescent and compact fluorescent lights, LED bulbs do not contain mercury. Mercury is a poisonous substance that is dangerous when it is inhaled or comes into contact with skin. When they break or are improperly disposed of, light bulbs that contain mercury can harm people and the environment. Since LED bulbs are mercury-free, there is no risk to you, your family or the environment during disposal or the rare instance of breakage.
Despite their higher initial cost, LED lighting will save you money in several ways. Incandescent lights make rooms warm when they are in use. The heat they emit inflates cooling costs during the summer months. Conversely, LED bulbs do not heat up, so the room temperature does not increase when they are illuminated. Therefore, you will not have to burn the air conditioner to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
LED bulbs have an annual operating cost of $32.85, whereas the operating cost for incandescent lights exceeds $300 over the same period. This steep savings will make your bank account very happy.
Benefits of LED Bulbs
- · Durability and longer life spans will save you money on replacement costs
- · Free of toxins that are threatening to people and the environment
- · Lack of bulb heating helps reduce the electric bill in the summer
- · Lower wattage consumption reduces carbon emissions and your electric bill