LED light bulbs versus Incandescents

January 28th, 2012, Uncategorized, alex

R.I.P. Incandescent Light Bulb (1835- 2012/14)

According to local Internet lore, James Bowman Lindsay created the first “constant electric light” in Scotland in 1835, a full 44 years before Thomas Edison received his electric light patent. For a century and a half, the incandescent light bulb has not changed very much, while other technologies have gone whizzing by in the side mirrors.

The current hooplah with the disappearing light bulbs is due to a plain and simple move to more energy efficient alternatives. A federal law was passed in late 2007, which mandated that 100 watt incandescent light bulbs (ILB) would be phased out starting January of 2012 (now pushed back to October). Next year, the 60 watts will follow suit and in 2014 the 40 watts will cease to exist as well. Shockingly, the law called for all bulbs to be 70% more efficient than 2007 standards by 2020.

So what, patient consumer, should you use in the wake of the ILB?

Well, light emitting diodes (LEDs) are on the rise! The LED lasts for years, if not decades with a life span of 25,000+ hours, and doesn’t give off that awful flicker of the compact florescent light/lamp (CFL) when turned on. Also, the new LEDs, like Phillips Endura LED A19 smoothly (and romantically, if need be) dims the lighting in a room with ease to an even, soft white light, not a sickly yellow phosphorous glow. The LED bulbs don’t contain any toxic mercury or lead, so that’s a plus too.

Although the cost used to be quite high to get a good quality LED bulb, now a quick Google search finds the price of Endura LED at below $30. That’s 8.3 HOURS for every penny, or .002 CENTS for every minute. If you use one 60watt incandescent light bulb for 3 hours every night of the year, that’s equal to $28.25. So the new LED bulb pays for itself in under a year and saves an estimated $700 (per bulb!) over its lifetime, that’s a return on investment of more than 2,300%.

But don’t take my word for it…. Go grab yourself a shiny new Philips Endura LED A19 light bulb and screw it into your (soon to be) efficient socket.

And then let me know how it goes, via comments below….

       

 

*find the bulb here: http://www.philips.com/l/lamps/led-lighting-systems/led-lamps/enduraled-a-shape/21642/cat/

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