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Use LED Light in Your Home

One of the things that puts people off is the cost as led lights are at first glance more expensive than conventional energy saving light bulbs. This does not tell the complete story however as the life of most led lamps on sale today is a whopping 50,000 times that of a regular incandescent light bulb. Yes you did read that correctly a led lamp will last 50,000 times longer than a conventional light bulb. So not only do you get a longer lifespan with led lamps they are also far more inexpensive and cost efficient to run as well. Led light bulbs are 4 times cheaper to run than even the most up to date energy saving light bulbs and more than 20 times cheaper to run than conventional incandescent light bulbs.

There are pros and cons to all things and the lighting in your house is no different. As conventional filament lighting is being phased out around the world you will soon be faced with making a decision between led lighting and energy saving light bulbs. That is unless you buy a lifetimes supply of the old fashioned light bulbs before they go out of stock which some people may find impractical to say the least.

On the positive side for CFL low energy light bulbs is that they are fairly cheap to purchase, are widely available and the technology associated with them is continually improving. There are however many disadvantages to them. Many people think that they look ugly and oversized and won’t fit in smaller lamp fittings as well as poking out of the end of lampshades. Also lots of people don’t like the tone and quality of light that they give off complaining of eye strain and headaches caused by flickering. Although CFL bulbs are marketed as low energy they are by no means environmentally friendly. They contain mercury vapour which is a highly toxic and a very dangerous substance and the possibility of millions of CFL light bulbs being dumped in landfills each year and polluting the environment is very real. CFL light bulbs are now classified as hazardous waste in the UK and in other countries around the world and special measures should be taken when discarding them.

The main reason for switching to led lighting is their cost effectiveness and they are becoming cheaper all the time. The cost of lighting is dependent on what it costs to run the lights and not what it costs to buy them. Led lights and lamps can be run at a fraction of the cost of conventional bulbs and they will also last a whole lot longer too. The reason for this is that they use electricity far more efficiently. Old fashioned light bulbs waste 90% of the electricity they use giving out heat, led lights give out no heat and can be safely handled even when switched on. Unlike CFL light bulbs led lamps do not suffer from poor start times, ungainly sizes and they cause no threat to the environment and many people also prefer the light that led lamps give out as it is more natural than that from CFL bulbs.

The future is bright for led lighting (pardon the pun) as the lighting industry has all but stopped research into CFL bulbs and is now firmly committed itself to led lighting being the lighting of the future both in the home and in the workplace. The variety of uses that led lighting can be put too also adds another dimension to it as it is able to produce a vast array of colours and be able to be used in ways that conventional lighting cannot compete with.