Feb 21, 2015

LED Myths and Facts

Myth #1: There is no selection.

Facts: There are light-emitting diodes, better known as LEDs, for every need, including many household appliances, indoor flood lighting, decorative bulbs (chandeliers) and outdoor fixtures.  LED bulbs can also be as small as 2 mm, making them ideal for fitting into hard to reach and compact ares.

Myth #2: They produce bright blue and blasting light.

Fact: Colour temperature describes the visual warmth or coolness of a light source.  LED lights are available in a wide range from a bright light or a mellow glow making them suitable for any room.  LEDs also offer dimming and color changing abilities.  Whether you want to create a natural  atmosphere in the kitchen or elegant, ambient lighting in your dining room.

Myth #3: They are too expensive!

Fact:  LEDs have an incredibly long life, with each bulb lasting approx 25,000 hours or approx 25 years of use), compared to a life span of an incandescent light bulb, which is approx. 1000 hrs.  Based on life span and typical electrical usage, an incandescent light bulb will cost home owners about $8.00 per year to run, while and LED bulb comes in at only $1.75.

Myth #4: They are hard to find in stores.

Fact:  Retailers across the country carry hundreds of LED products to meet all you household lighting needs.  With well known brands including Phillips, GE, the bulbs are widely available.  Additionally, many areas have rebate programs that will ensure that lights are available at reasonable costs.

Myth #5: Switching to LEDs requires changing existing fixtures.

Fact:  LEDs currently on the market are designed to fit all kinds of existing sockets.  They work in standard bases that are common with incandescent and halogen installations.  In most cases, they are the same size if not slightly smaller, that the bulbs they replace and do  not pose any difficulties when making the switch.