The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. Quality LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting.
LED light bulbs are extremely energy efficient and long-lasting; an LED bulb can cut energy consumption by over 80% when compared to conventional light bulbs and can last up to 25% longer. A US Department of Energy study found that LEDs installed in 2012 saved around $675 million in energy costs. You can help by swapping an LED bulb for any regular light bulb at home.
LEDs are notable for being extremely long-lasting products. Many LEDs have a rated life of up to 50,000 hours. This is approximately 50 times longer than a typical incandescent, 20-25 times longer than a typical halogen, and 8-10 times longer than a typical CFL. Used 12 hours a day, a 50,000 bulb will last more than 11 years. Used 8 hours a day, it will last 17 years.
LEDs give out their light almost instantly when you flick the light switch, so you don’t have to put up with dim light while they get going.
LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.
LEDs are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, and are much more resistant to breakage.
If every American replaced one conventional light bulb with an LED, the energy savings could light an estimated 2.5 million homes.That’s the equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions of 800,000 cars. For more information on the benefits of using LED bulbs.