The Green Corner: LED Lights for your home

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LED lights

LED Light bulbs (Light Emitting Diode) are not necessarily new, they were first produced in 1960, but they are still not completely accepted by the general population. They are more expensive to purchase, and that seems to be the real reason sales still lag behind the incandescent light bulb. In the long haul, however, the expense is offset by their durability, but habits change slowly. A newer process was discovered in 1993 that makes them less expensive and this made switching over from incandescent lighting available to more people.

Canadians benefit, they do not attract mosquitos and the are instant on even at -60 below.

What are the benefits of LED over incandescent lighting? Direction of lighting is better, and they lend themselves to lighting in places where the older lighting cannot. Lighting strips in closets, under counters and "lighting arrays" for whole room lighting make them superior.

Other advantages are their non flickering ability, their rugged structure. In other words, they are less likely to get broken since they are less fragile. In heated areas, they are less light productive, and when used in this way, both their longevity and their lighting capacity is diminished.

LED lights are best used for reading, for lighting in unusual places, porches and outdoor lighting,night lighting, stair ways and walkways, and for lamps. Will the ever replace the incandescent bulbs? Of course, over time they will, and now they are reducing the use of the usual 75 to 100 watt bulbs. What is so amazing is that they give the same amount of light by using only "3 to 13 watts."

Therefore making the savings in the amount of energy used, the biggest benefit of the newer bulbs.

Another distinct advantage is in their long use. No only is this favorable for the saving of energy, but for convenience. Just think, no more having to renew the light bulbs ever few months. Years will go by before a new one will have to be bought. One can last up to ten years.

In comparison, a 7 watt LED bulb will replace a 60 watt bulb - an average light bulb, and will cost about two dollars a year. Compare that to a regular incandescent light bulb that will cost about twenty dollars a year and will need be changed several times.

Other claims, are "cool to the touch" and shatter proof. With energy being overused and a cry going out for reduction of energy where ever and when ever possible, it seems almost a crime not to change over to the more efficient light bulbs.