In the past when something new was discovered or manufactured it usually took the public a bit of time to catch on to whatever the advancement was, even if it was really the next best thing since sliced bread. Today however there is an energy crisis that is growing by the minute and thus the federal government has stepped in to actually force the change to newer, much more energy efficient LED light bulbs rather than wait for it to be adopted as these things used to be done in the past.
Is this a good thing? Many think yes, some still think no. The point, however, is moot as incandescent bulbs are literally forced off the shelves and will soon not be available at all. With that in mind here are some things to know about the coming LED bulbs. They’re on they’re way so best to know what to expect and get used to it. The reality is that it’s not a minute to soon.
First, the incandescent bulb truly is dead. After 2014 you won’t find any, no matter the wattage, on store shelves anywhere. The fact is, however, that we’ve already been using LED’s in all sorts of gadgets for a few years and so the change won’t be all that earth shaking.
The LED bulbs are built to really last. 25,000 hours or 22 years based on 3 hours of use a day. That’s a LONG time and, compared to incandescent which only last a few years and CFLs 5 to 9 years, will mean that you probably will own the bulbs longer than the house you use them in.
They LED bulbs will use a lot less energy, as much as 80% less! That’s a huge percentage and will mean an incredible reduction in energy needs once they’re widely adopted. The DOE estimates that by the year 2027 the demand for electricity could be cut by a third in the United States just because of LED bulbs!
A negative short-term factor is that these bulbs pack a price that equals about 10 to 25 incandescent bulbs, or $15 to $40.00. The cost of the bulbs is already dropping with increased production and certain states have rebates to help you pay for them but the fact is that they will put a short-term hurt on your wallet. Long-term however they should save you money on the electric bill right from the start.
One of the best things about LEDs is the light itself. No UV radiation is emitted as well as practically no heat. They turn on fully immediately and won’t flicker or hum when dimmed. They are also damage resistant and, like incandescent bulbs, come in a variety of wattages and sizes.
They’re here to stay so get used to them. The fact is, they could help shine the light on a new future for the United States that sees less need for coal and greenhouse gas producing energy sources and they will, in time, save you money. The future is here and its name is the LED light bulb.