Shedding Some Light on LEDs

Are you still on the fence about LED lighting? Perhaps you’ve some concern with how LED lights work? Or maybe it’s the cost of getting into LED lighting that is scaring you away. Well, what once may have been true about LED lighting a few years ago has drastically changed in just the last several years. Allow us to “shed some light” on some common misconceptions about LED lighting.

Is LED Lighting too expensive?

While it is true that when comparing to the price of light bulbs, conventional lighting seems cheaper. However, you must factor in what LED lighting can save you in the long run. When you pay for LED lighting, you aren’t just paying for a brighter source of light, but a more cost efficient one too. As touched on in one of our previous blogs, the money and energy you save when switching to LED lighting is nearly 75%-85%. One LED bulb running for 8 hours amounts to $4 spent, while an incandescent bulb running for the same amount of time can cost you around $20. That’s a huge difference!

Who needs a Light that lasts as long as LED lights? It’s pointless!

Actually, you’d be surprised how beneficial the life span of an LED light can be. Again, it all comes back to money… and how much LED lighting actually saves you! TheSimpleDollar.com breaks down the cost to purchase and operate incandescent, CFL, and LED lights over a 25,000 hour lifespan (or the approximate lifespan of one LED bulb). Although the buy-in for LED is a little higher than both incandescent and CFL, you end up saving in the long run, and you can multiply those savings by how many lights you use!

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But LED lights must not be as bright because they use less Watts, right?

Well, no. For a quick recap, watts aren’t what determine the brightness of a bulb, but instead the energy being used. The brightness of a bulb is instead measured in “lumens.” And as far as lumens go, LED lights produce more lumens (brightness) for fewer watts (energy) used. For example, an incandescent bulb that produces 800 lumens uses about 60 watts. However, an LED bulb producing the same number of lumens only uses about 8-12 watts.

I prefer the warm color of an incandescent bulb over the cold tint of an LED bulb.

Don’t worry; you’re not the only one that feels that way! Many people find it more comfortable under the warm glow of an incandescent bulb. But wait… LED can give you that same glow too! When LED lighting first came out, many people took issue with the cooler, harsher color that LED bulbs gave off. In today’s world you have a choice of color! Many of the most popular LED colors are “warm white” or “bright white.” The warm white gives off a yellow hue, much like you may be used to, while the bright white is closer to daylight, and what is often seen in retail stores. Either way, you don’t have to settle for one color of LED you might not like.

LED lighting has come a long way since first being introduced. What had once turned you away from LEDs could now be something you love! Why not give LED lighting another chance? “Shed some light” on brighter lighting solutions!