LED Bulbs: The Next Best Thing In Home Lighting

Article Posted By: Jae Warren

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What if you could buy a light bulb that would last up to 46 years?  Or, get 20,000 to 50,000 hours of light from the same bulb  – a bulb that also consumes up to 85% less energy than the standard incandescent light bulb, while providing superior light quality?

How about never having to climb another ladder to change a blown ceiling light, or an outdoor security light on the edge of your rooftop?  And just how many books you could devour in those 46 years – warmed by the ambient glow of soft white light from your favorite reading lamp?

Now, imagine this bulb also emits light from small computer chips made of semi-conductive material, allowing it to produce ultra-compact, highly efficient light while giving off very little heat?  Would you be impressed?

Meet The Light Emitting Diode

The LED, or light emitting diode, is the latest and most promising bulb entry into the rapidly evolving market for energy efficient home lighting.  LEDs come in a variety of contemporary designs that fit most light fixtures, as well as different brightness levels and color temperatures, providing a wide range of lighting solutions for the entire home.  You can also choose unidirectional LEDs that focus light on a particular area, like a piece of artwork, or omnidirectional LEDs that, similar to regular incandescent bulbs, emit well dispersed light in all directions.

Choosing The Right LED

Okay, before you start rolling your eyes at the thought of yet another new bulb option to wade through on the lighting aisle – we’ve made it easier to shop for LEDs and other types of energy efficient bulbs by providing a Lighting Facts label on the packaging of all light bulbs at The Home Depot. The label includes information about the bulb’s brightness (referred to as lumens), its color temperature, or hue (referred to as Kelvin), as well as information about energy use, operation costs and bulb lifespan.  And in far less time than it will take you to read this entire post, you can scan the lighting facts label and select the right LED bulb for your lighting needs.

LED Buying Guide

Decoding The Lighting Facts Label

Brightness. A bulbs light output is measured in lumens, not watts. Watts only indicates how much energy the bulb uses. So, to replace a typical 60W incandescent bulb that has a light output of 800 lumens, you’d check the lighting facts label to choose an LED with a similar lumens rating.  You would also want to take note of the fact that the LED bulb uses only 6-8 watts to produce the same amount of light as the 60 watts burned by the incandescent – which translates to savings on your electricity bill.

Color. LEDs also come in a range of different color temperatures, or shades of white light, shown as Kelvin(K) on the lighting facts label.  LEDs on the lower end of the temperature scale produce warmer light similar to a soft white incandescent bulb, while bulbs at the higher end will appear cooler with white or bluish hue.

Brighter Lighting And Bigger Savings Are In Your Future

If you’ve made it this far into the post you might be saying to yourself – wait for it – what’s the catch?  Superior light quality, low energy use and bulb life expectancy that seems to defy all logic  … what are they not telling us?  Just this – LED technology is evolving rapidly and the prices of LEDs are dropping.  And while LEDs are still more expensive than either regular incandescents or CFLs, they are still an excellent light source for many areas of your home and will help you lower your energy costs.

At your local The Home Depot store you’ll find the largest selection of top-rated energy-efficient LEDs.  To learn more about LEDs and other energy efficient light bulb options, visit http://www.Homedepot.com/lightingfacts.

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