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Consumer Tip Monday, September 19, 2011

Home, Sweet, LED-lit, Home?

Move over compact fluorescents - LED’s, or light emitting diode bulbs - are the newest lighting vying to replace traditional incandescent bulbs.

LEDs last for decades, have cooler, less breakable bulbs, and save 85 percent more energy than incandescent bulbs, and 50 percent more than fluorescent bulbs. In addition, LED’s are mercury and lead free.

So, why aren’t LEDs everywhere in our home?

LEDs can’t do everything an incandescent or fluorescent bulb can do - yet! To date, wattages are limited. A top LED bulb wattage is the equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent bulb. LEDs have a cool white color, in contrast to the warmer tones from traditional incandescent lights. The bulbs are also expensive, averaging $40.

However, even with their limitations, LED can be great for certain applications, which you can learn more about in this video.

Home sweet LED-Lit home?
Youtube video