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Published on July 31st, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin

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7 Reasons You Should Switch to LED Bulbs

The trend in society to move towards a more “green” lifestyle is creating new trends in itself. One of the more recent ones, a trend in the shift toward more energy-efficient LED lighting for both the home and workplace, is definitely an important one. LED lights are being installed in new homes, and as their prices continue to drop, this trend will continue to grow. It’s important for the consumer to be informed and prepared when making the most cost efficient and eco-friendly choice, and a little knowledge on the subject goes a long way.

 

1. The New “Lumens” rating makes buying LED bulbs much more simple.
With different kinds of bulbs hitting the market every day, choosing one for your home is way more complicated than it needs to be. Not only do you have to choose between different brands, but also different watts, price, size shape… all before you try to figure out exactly what the difference is between incandescent, CFLs, LEDs and halogens.
In 2012, the FTC came up with the Lumens rating to replace watts, which applies to every kind of bulb out there, making the entire process much easier. Lumens represents the amount of light emitted from the source and is much more accurate than using watts to measure, leading to more energy savings. So, essentially, no matter what kind of bulb you’re looking for, find the right lumen for where the bulb is going, and you’ll be able to compare all bulbs (halogen, CFL, LED, etc.) and their qualities – such as efficiency and cost to run) and fight the right one for you.

 

2. LED Bulbs Don’t Contain Mercury.
Did you know that when a CFL bulb is broken, because it contains a very tiny amount of mercury, consumers are advised to treat the broken bulb as a hazardous material? While there is far less mercury in a CFL bulb than in an incandescent bulb (a power plant will emit 10mg of mercury to produce the electricity to run an incandescent bulb compared to only 2.4mg of mercury to run a CFL for the same time) there is still a large enough amount to not only be considered hazardous, but also for places like Eartheasy.com and others to completely eliminate selling CFL bulbs.
LED lights contain no mercury at all, which means no need to worry when handling or disposing of one.

 

3.LEDs give instant light, and most LED bulbs are dimmable.
Remember that old light in your garage – you would flip the switch, wait a few seconds, then it would flicker, short at first, then eventually the entire light came on? Those days are over. LED lights produce light immediately, and this is a huge advantage in situations where lights are continuously turned on and off because it saves the energy of the light “booting up”. LEDs also produce continuous light and do not flicker – again, saving money you might not even realize you’re spending when your regular bulb flickers and you end up with short bursts of darkness. Also, with many LEDs being dimmable, you can save energy and also create some cozy ambiance.
4. LEDs won’t heat up the house!
The summers get hotter and hotter every year, and while global warming may still be up for debate, the effect that incandescent bulbs have on the temperature inside your home is not. A single 100 watt incandescent bulb, in a small, closed room can raise the temperature over eleven degrees in one hour. For those of you thinking, “prove it”, this fancy formula below should do it:

 

5. Bugs are not attracted to the UV-free variety of LED bulbs.
A totally odor-free bug repellent? This should have been the first reason – everyone would have been sold. There are also LED bulbs which comes in yellow, or with a yellow lens, to repel bugs, as they seem to prefer especially bright, white lights.

 

6. Most LED bulbs are UL Listed.
Unfamiliar with UL (Underwriters Laboratories)? Check them out here – they’re a global independent safety consulting and certification company used in over 46 countries.  Many bulbs will attempt to trick you and claim that they are “UL Compliant” – don’t bother. What you want is “UL Listed” meaning the UL has personally checked out this brand and decided they’re compliant enough to physically list them. “Compliant” means the company has followed the recommended UL guidelines, but UL has not personally tested it to confirm. Don’t be mislead!

 

7. You’ll save money in the long term.
It’s important to not let the initial sticker price of LEDs shock you. After all, I am technically listing reasons why they should be more expensive. While the initial price of LEDs will be higher than your typical incandescent or CFL bulb (you get what you pay for!), you’ll get that money back – the bulb will last longer and use less energy – and you’ll see the savings on your electric bill. Here’s an awesome cost comparison chart: LED vs CFL vs incandescent bulbs.

 

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