Incandescent lightbulbs have long been the standard type of artificial light used around homes. They produce strong white light, can warm up a cold room, and are easy to install. Conversely, they use a high volume of energy and only last at most around 1,000 hours. While there will be some people with an unwavering commitment to these bulbs, another type of light is taking over.
Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are light sources that generate bright, bluish light. These lights are able to produce similar or equal levels of light to an incandescent bulb at rates that are up to 90% more efficient on energy. Because of this, a 10-watt LED can be used to replace a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb. This decrease in wattage and energy draw leads to savings in energy costs.
LED lights have also been known to be useful for anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 hours, at which point they lose about 30% of their light-producing capabilities. This is due to their design, which does not allow heat to be generated in excess and released, as it is with incandescent bulbs. The minimal need for replacement of LEDs is another way in which they save their owners money in the long run.
There are two main drawbacks to using LED bulbs rather than their incandescent counterparts. First of all, LEDs can cost up to four times as much as incandescent bulbs up front. The second and possibly more important downfall to LEDs is the way they distribute light. While incandescent bulbs shine in all directions, LED lights are directional. If you are willing to look past these two negatives, LED lightbulbs would be a great addition to any home.
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