The light bulb has come a long way since Thomas Edison. Incandescent and other traditional light bulbs are slowly being replaced with LED bulbs, and for good reason. Here are some of the cool reasons LED lights are lighting up the 21st century.
- LED lights can last up to 50,000 hours. That’s five times more than the average compact fluorescent light bulb is expected to last.
- LED bulbs are literally cool. Or at least they don’t build up as much heat as other bulbs do. Incandescent light bulbs create around 85btu’s/hr, and CFL bulbs create around 30btu’s/hr. LED bulbs however only produce 3btu’s/hr. Not as much heat for just as much light.
- LED bulbs are durable. There is no filament, big empty space and a thin glass casing wrapping everything up. LED bulbs are compact and solid which makes them less likely to break when accidentally bumped.
- There is no mercury in LED lights, whereas there is still mercury in CFL bulbs and incandescent light bulbs.
- LED lights save money. Initially the costs may be more, yet the savings on battery replacements is higher in the long run. In fact, many big cities are converting to LED light for the savings. Baltimore converted its streetlights and is saving an estimated $2,000,000 a year. Los Angeles did the same and is looking to save $7,000,000 annually. Other major cities joining this retrofit movement include Portland, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Seattle.
LED lights are environmentally friendly, cost effective, and durable till the last flicker. Streetlights, computers, phones, greenhouses, and many other resources are being run with LED lighting. The future is looking bright for LED lights.