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Brighten your world with LED lighting: Q&As about making the switch

by BJ Electric

We all know that LED lights are an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient lighting alternative to incandescent or compact fluorescent bulbs, but some folks still have concerns when it comes down to making the investment in LED.

When you buy a reputable brand, LEDs can save you time and money and they can offer a flexible, environmentally friendly solution to other household lighting products.

Whether you’re looking to make the switch to LEDs yourself or if your clients have their doubts, these Q&As should help make the decision an easy one.

How much will LEDs cost me?

LED light bulbs have actually dropped dramatically in price. While it used to cost nearly $100 for one bulb, many can be found now for $10 and up.

How long do they last?

An LED bulb can last up to 50,000 hours, whereas an incandescent bulb only lasts about 1,000 hours. Most LED bulbs used for regular household lights last about 25,000 hours.

To put that in context, you could leave a 25,000-hour LED light on 24/7 and it would still last almost 3 years. An incandescent bulb would last about 42 days.

Are they actually more affordable?

When thinking about the overall cost of LED lights, consider this:

Incandescent

  • Running one 60-watt incandescent light bulb for 5 hours/day costs about $8.76 annually in electricity (based on an average $0.08 kw/h electricity rate).
  • At this use, one incandescent bulb, which lasts about 1,000 hours, will last you just over 6 months.
  • Annual cost: $12.41.

LED

  • A 60-watt equivalent (10.5 watt) LED bulb costs about $10 and will cost $1.46 in electricity annually for 5 hours/day.
  • At this use, one LED bulb, which lasts about 25,000 hours, will last you nearly 14 years.
  • Annual cost for the first year: $11.46
  • Annual cost for each additional year of the bulb’s lifetime: $1.46.

Over the lifetime of just one LED bulb, you’re saving about $142 over the costs of incandescent bulbs.

What about its environmental impact?

LED lights are safer and more environmentally friendly than incandescent or compact fluorescent bulbs for a number of reasons:

  1. LED uses less energy. Of the energy a traditional light bulb uses, about 80% of that is lost to the heat the bulb produces, and only 20% is used for light. LEDs are about 80% efficient, so it takes much less energy to achieve the same result as an incandescent bulb. When you use less energy, you’re helping the environment.
  2. They’re non-toxic and 100% recyclable. They don’t contain mercury or other toxic substances like many other types of bulbs.
  3. You’ll produce less waste. Because you’ll only have to buy new bulbs every 10-15 years or more, you’ll be sending less to the landfill.
  4. They’re safe. Because LEDs don’t heat up as much as an incandescent bulb, there is far less risk of fire or heat damage.

LEDs have many benefits. They work well in cold temperatures, there’s no warm-up time, and they make long-term battery powered lighting a reality thanks to their high efficiency. Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce your energy bill, or create a unique lighting solution, LEDs make a great choice.

Contact us to ask about the right LED for your projects! And keep checking back on our promotions page this fall for specials on LED and other lighting products!