Incandescent lights are expected to be completely phased out by 2012. That will leave consumers with two choices: compact fluorescent or LED lights. Despite their growing popularity, some people still wonder, what is LED lighting?
LED stands for light-emitting diode, and LED lights are semiconductor light sources, each of which emits one wavelength of light when electrically charged. What is LED lighting used for? Well, it can be used as track lighting or recessed lighting in a kitchen, it can be used to illuminate a walkway leading up to your house or it could be used in a table lamp.
What makes home LED lighting superior to incandescent or compact fluorescent lighting is the fact that it consumes less energy. LED light bulbs use anywhere from 2 to 10 watts of electricity to emit a level of light that’s comparable to a standard incandescent bulb. For example, if you wanted to mount flood lights on your house to deter would-be intruders, LED Wholesalers has a 15-watt lamp that produces 1,380 white lumens or 1,210 warm lumens. It lasts for 30,000 hours and is comparable to a 130 watt incandescent. Another example would be an A60 dimmable LED light bulb, such as an 8-watt bulb that produces 450 neutral white lumens or 358 warm white lumens. It has a 50,000 hour life span and is comparable to a 50-watt incandescent. The incandescent light uses more than six times the wattage of a typical A60 and doesn’t last anywhere near as long.
In the example of the flood lights, think about how often flood lights are used. Between sundown and sun up, the lights are on. And during the summer months when the days are longer, the lights would be used even less. You could easily have the same lights mounted on your home for 20 years without ever having to replace them. That’s one way to put the benefits of home LED lighting into perspective. When it comes to indoor lighting, if you don’t use your lights often, then how long they last and how many watts of electricity they use is pretty much irrelevant. A compact fluorescent bulb could last for years in a lamp that’s only used occasionally. People who use their lights often will benefit most from having LED lights.
You want to choose the best lights for your home. Right now, LED lights seem to be the best bet, despite the expense. They use less energy and outlast both incandescent and compact fluorescent lights.
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