Get rid of incandescent lights once and for all


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Over the past decade, options for traditional indoor lighting have expanded tremendously. What used to be a market dominated by incandescent and fluorescent technologies has been inundated with rapid improvements in the efficiency and cost effectiveness of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). The benefits for consumers in switching from incandescent to LEDs are both economical and environmental. From a monetary perspective, LEDs last much longer than fluorescent or incandescent bulbs and thus need to be replaced far less often. On average, an LED bulb will last through 50,000 hours of operation compared to roughly 1,200 or 8,000 hours respectively for incandescent and fluorescents. Therefore, ove Compounding upon the increase in bulb lifetime are the drastic reductions in energy consumption stemming from switching to LED fixtures and bulbs. As a general rule, the wattage used in an incandescent bulb can be eight to nine times greater than a comparable LED replacement producing the same amount of light. In short, LED technology has advanced to the point where utilizing them within indoor spaces saves money and time through incredible efficiency. Through all of the improvements in LED technology, one constant criticism of widespread implementation has been the high up front cost. However, that argument has been quickly losing steam. In late 2011, reports came out that LED chips had dropped 70% in the last two years. Concurrently, analysts projected that LED prices would continue to fall by another 50% in the following two years. In response to these predictions, interest in LED implementation has exploded. Utility companies and consumers alike are beginning to see the tremendous benefits of switching away from incandescents. Additionally, LEDs are durable, not sensitive to temperature change, and come in a variety of color temperatures, making them an attractive option for a variety of applications. These include, but are not limited to, retail, healthcare, warehouses, gas stations, and liquor stores. In essence, LEDs have decreased in price and increased in efficiency so much that they have become the most attractive lighting option in the market regardless of where they are being placed.r the time period of 10 to 14 years, which represents the 50,000-hour lifetime, an LED bulb becomes a more economically viable option for lighting due to a significant reduction in maintenance and purchasing costs.

Lastly, LED light bulbs aid consumers by decreasing heat output and removing toxic chemicals from the bulb itself. For example, an LED contains no mercury and emits only three or four btu’s of heat. In comparison a Compact Fluorescent Bulb (CFL) contains harmful mercury and incandescent can release up to 85 btu’s of heat, driving up cooling costs in warehouses, liquor stores, and during summer months of operation. Due to all of these factors LED light bulbs are fast becoming the best solution for indoor lighting retrofits. With the current wave of great incentive and rebate programs, there has never been a better time to start using LED technology!

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