Go Green with LED Bulbs
Reasons to use LED bulbs.
Choosing LED bulbs helps you go green because:
- LED bulbs use a fraction of the energy incandescent bulbs use, and are even more energy efficient than CFL bulbs. The use of LED bulbs translates into fewer carbon emissions from power companies.
- LED bulbs don’t generate heat like incandescent bulbs, so fans and air conditioners can be used less frequently or at lower levels.
- LED bulbs last longer than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, so there’s less need to replace bulbs, which decreases production and disposal considerations.
- Unlike incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, LED bulbs contain no mercury.
- The low-voltage required means solar power can supply sufficient energy.
Though LED bulbs are more expensive, there are websites like EllementalLED.com which offers discount LED bulbs. Also, when cities and larger productions order in large quantities - they are able to get discount LED bulbs when ordering in bulk.
Homes and businesses around the world are currently replacing their wasteful incandescent light bulbs with the longer lasting, more energy-efficient LED bulbs. The big draw for LED lighting is their efficiency and energy-saving ability. Some current estimates have LED bulbs lasting 10 times longer than CFL bulbs and more than 100 times longer than typical incandescent bulbs, while using a fraction of the energy of incandescent bulbs.
Additionally, LED light bulbs contain no mercury (present in other bulbs, such as CFLs), so don't pose the same risk of toxic exposure. And they're cool to the touch, which means they don't produce heat like incandescent lights. As a result, they don't increase indoor temperatures and therefore reduce cooling bills as well.
The benefits of research currently in progress may have a large impact on the lighting industry. If 25 percent of the light bulbs in the US were converted to LED bulbs it could save $115 billion in utility costs by 2025, alleviating the need to build 133 new coal-burning power stations and cutting carbon emissions by 258 million metric tons. This data alone will have a major impact on the production of LED bulbs. Strides are also being made in lowering the expensive production cost of LED bulbs. Hopefully, in the near future, the public will see more discount LED bulbs in the market.
It is important to point out that the cost of an LED bulb long term is still less expensive than buying an incandescent bulb. The money saved on replacement costs and energy bills,l more than makes up for the initial investment in an LED bulb. Think green and think long term when buying LED bulbs.