While incandescent light bulbs are inexpensive, they use a lot of energy and don’t last very long. LED lighting offers a sustainable and much more efficient alternative. As demand has increased and manufacturing costs have declined, LED lighting prices have decreased, making the technologically advanced bulbs both affordable and eco-friendly.
LED stands for “Light Emitting Diode”, which functions by passing an electrical current through a microchip, illuminating the tiny LED light sources. The result is visible light, with the heat produced by the LEDs being absorbed into a heat sink. The heat is then dissipated into the surrounding environment, keeping the LED from overheating or burning out. LED lighting products are about 90% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs.
While the up-front cost is a little higher than for incandescent or fluorescent lighting, LED bulbs last up to 25 times longer. An average household in the U.S. can typically save approximately $150 annually by replacing all their incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs.
LEDs are very small and emit light in a specific direction, which offers unique design opportunities. Incandescents emit light and heat in all directions, which is a much less efficient use of energy.
LEDs can even be found in holiday lighting products, offering several advantages to homeowners. LEDs are cooler than incandescent lights, making them much safer. LEDs are made with epoxy lenses instead of glass, so they don’t break as easily. LEDs last much longer, and are easier to install; up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading an electrical outlet. Homeowners can use the same LED lighting products for years, even decades, without having to purchase new ones.
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale can help you install new LED lighting throughout your home. For more information, please contact:
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL