Standing in your hardware store’s vast light bulb aisle, you find yourself wondering what are the differences in LED vs. standard light bulbs? Are LEDs really worth the extra cost? What is an LED bulb? What makes them so special? Which light bulbs should you choose for various areas of your home? Keep reading to learn the main differences between LED bulbs and standard light bulbs.
How LED Bulbs Work
Light-emitting diodes (LED) have been in use for many years – in stoplights, flashlights, digital clocks, and other devices. Only recently did the technology evolve to the point where LED bulbs for residential lighting became possible. While traditional bulbs emit light in the vacuum of a glass bulb, and CFL bulbs emit light in a gas-filled bulb, LED bulbs emit light by moving electrons inside semiconductors.
Life Span of Light Bulbs
One of the biggest advantages to LED bulbs is their far greater life span. While a standard bulb will last up to 1,200 hours, an LED bulb can easily burn for 50,000 hours. That’s a big upgrade in terms of how seldom you would have to replace LED vs. standard light bulbs.
How Green is an LED Bulb?
The early problem with bringing LED bulbs to homes is that they were consistently dimmer than traditional bulbs. Today’s LED bulbs have caught up to consumers’ demand for brighter lights, and in fact, they are incredibly efficient. To match the illumination of a 60-watt traditional bulb, an LED only burns between six and eight watts of power. The average cost of burning 30 incandescent bulbs in a home for one year is about $329. Replace those with LEDs, and the cost plummets to just under $33.
What about CFLs?
Not long ago, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) were supposed to be the answer to inefficient incandescent bulbs. While CFL bulbs are still popular and more efficient than traditional bulbs, there is one major problem with CFLs – they contain mercury, which is toxic to humans. That mercury also poses a dilemma when it’s time to replace or retire these bulbs – there are not many cost-effective or environmentally friendly ways to dispose of CFL bulbs.
Will I Have to Change My Fixtures for CFL Bulbs?
No, LED bulbs work in the same fixtures and lamps as incandescent and CFL light bulbs. There is no need to replace your lamps or upgrade your lighting fixtures.
Are There Other Advantages to LED Bulbs?
Unlike incandescent and CFL bulbs, LEDs are not sensitive to low temperatures, humidity, or on/off cycling of the power source. Compared to the other bulb types, LEDs emit almost no heat. Plus, LED lights are built to be durable; they are nowhere near as delicate as the glass incandescent or CFL bulbs.
Got more questions about what are the differences in LED vs. standard light bulbs? Call Arc Angel Electric at (470) 758-2158 with all of your questions about LED and standard light bulbs.