Light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs are the most energy-efficient forms of lighting available today. Well-made LED light bulbs have greater durability, provide similar or better light quality, and last longer than other kinds of light bulbs. These bulbs are based on a tiny chip the size of a pepper flake. While incandescent light bulbs rely upon a super-heated tungsten filament to generate light, LEDs accomplish a similar feat through the rapid movement of electrons in a semiconductor. This design also allows a single bulb to produce different colors.
LEDs are more efficient and will save you money in more ways than one. They are better for the environment and represent the best way to make America more sustainable. Because of their design, LEDs are also versatile enough to be used in many different ways.
LEDs are a revolutionary kind of solid-state lighting that convert electricity into light via semiconductors. LED bulbs are many times more efficient than incandescent bulbs and use less than 20% of the power required to run incandescent bulbs.
High-quality LED light bulbs can last for 25,000 hours – that’s over three years if turned on 100% of the time. This amounts to being able to last 25 times longer than traditional bulbs. Needless to say, you will save on light bulb purchases on top of energy costs.
Incandescent bulbs release most of their energy in the form of heat. Because of their increased efficiency, LEDs create much less heat than incandescent bulbs. Having less heat in your home means using your air conditioner less, leading to even less electricity usage overall.
Unlike fluorescent bulbs, LEDs do not contain mercury. LEDs make less of an impact on the environment than incandescent bulbs. They are also more affordable than compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Their usage is expected to rise while prices continue to fall as this new technology keeps developing and improving.
Widespread use of LED lighting is one of the best ways to conserve energy nationwide. The Department of Energy estimates that if adoption of LEDs continues at its current pace, this new lighting technology can save 348 TWh (terawatt hours) of electricity. At today’s electricity prices, that amounts to total savings of over $30 billion. It also means that over 40 large electric power plants would no longer be needed.
By converting to LED lighting, you can be a part of this sustainable revolution. This might be one of the easiest ways to reduce your personal impact on the environment.
LEDs can be used for almost any purpose. Due to the small size and ability to focus light in a single direction, they make for ideal kitchen lights. They’re also ideal for recessed downlights in hallways and bathrooms.
If you use decorative lights during the holidays, LEDs work well for this purpose also. They burn cooler, are more durable, and last longer – making them safer and easier to use.
Don’t wait to convert to LED lighting and start saving money while helping the environment.
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