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One Light At A Time

Every single day, multiple times, we have to make choices. Many are mindless (drink all the coffee). Others require a little more thought (do I really have enough energy to make more coffee?).

Then there are the choices we know we should make, but maybe don’t know the science behind. Like, what exactly is quinoa, and why is it such a superfood?

This same veil of uncertainty cloaks the LED bulb. Most of us have read headlines, or gone to a friend’s house who just made the LED conversion, and sure, we understand generally that it’s a smarter choice, but being able to explain why is a little harder.

For that reason, we’re going to break down the scientific beauty of the LED bulb in today’s blog.

LEDs, or light–emitting diodes, are semiconductor devices that produce visible light when an electrical current passed through them (energystar.gov).

So that’s what they ARE, but why are they great? Let’s look at a couple of fun facts:

Good-quality LED bulbs can have a useful life of 25,000 hours or more, which means that they can last more than 25 times longer than traditional bulbs. That is the equivalent of burning more than three years longer if run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

LEDs contain no mercury, and have a much smaller environmental impact than incandescent bulbs. They also have an advantage over compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) that is only expected to grow over the next few years as the LED continues to improve.

But it’s not only the light these bulbs cast, but also the long-term ramifications of the energy they produce. Traditional light bulbs put out a lot of heat. You can feel the heat by standing close to one while it’s burning. If you’re really brave, go ahead and try to unscrew one that has recently been on…just kidding, don’t. Because it is HOT.

Now think about that heat multiplied by however many light bulbs you have burning in your home. And NOW think about how that heat affects your home…and, ultimately, your electric bill. It may seem like a small energy sucker, but over time, it can mean big changes for your bill.

We understand that, when you go to buy light bulbs, seeing the price difference between traditional bulbs and LEDs can give you pause. But if there could also be another price sticker, showing you what your monthly cost is by staying with traditional bulbs, you would see that this is ultimately the best money-saver for your lighting that there is. Well, besides never using lighting. And if you have a lot of light bulbs, employ the classic “baby steps” rule…one bulb at a time. Over time, you’ll see the difference.

If you have any questions about LED bulbs, or about other steps you can take for energy savings in your home, please contact us at 417-612-7092!

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