The time is now to buy LED (light emitting diodes) light bulbs. For a long time they were extremely expensive which deterred people from buying them. But since prices have gone down now is the time to finally run out and get them.
A blog by the New York Times says LED light bulbs are better not only over the old incandescent bulbs, but even the compact fluorescents. LED light bulbs also last up to 25 times longer than the other bulbs.
Sanish Day also breaks down the benefits of LED lights.
I can guarantee that LED light bulbs will save you money. I have the saying that “going green can save you green!” and trust me – I can say from experience that I cut my electric bill around 15%.
Here’s how the savings breaks down:
|Incandescent Bulbs||CFL||LED Bulbs|
|Cost||$1.25||$3.95||$10.00 or less|
|Longevity||1,200 hours||8,000 hours||50,000 hours|
|Annual Use Cost||$300.00||$70.00||$30.00|
Design Recycle Inc. also has a chart that breaks the numbers down in detail.
When first looking into LED light bulbs I was afraid they would make everything blue. As I’m sure you have seen LED lights at Christmas time or in car headlights – they give a blue hue. But fortunately a white LED light has been created. Blissful Blog discusses a USA Today article that explains how US scientists developed the warm white LED light. The explanation gets a little technical but it can be seen here.
Lamp Partners also blogs how LED lights can be white.
Wide Range of Uses
LED lights are not just good for saving money, they have a wide range of uses as well. It is easily the most adaptable lighting technology. LED lights are seen in Christmas lights – replacing incandescent string lights. They are used in stadiums and street lighting replacing HID lights. And they make great indoor lamps of course!
LED lights are available at any of your local retail or home improvement stores.
Other LED uses and tips: