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LED Lighting Comes of Age

By Gerald Anthony

It's been said that there are no "sure things" in life the advent of affordable LED lighting just may have debunked that myth.

LED stands for light emitting diode. The technology has been around for a while. Typically it has been found in exit lights as well as various electronics. Light is produced when an electric current is passed through a semiconductor.

Until recently LED light bulbs have been quite expensive. This is no longer the case! I recently purchased LED Sylvania floodlights for ten dollars a bulb. It was a great investment!

Allow me to explain. My kitchen has four recessed light fixtures. Each fixture contained a seventy-five watt floodlight. My new LEDs use eleven watts a piece.

Simple math tells me that I went from using 300 watts with my old bulbs, to using a meager 44 watts to light up my kitchen.

The new bulbs put out 800 lumens (a measure of brightness) and although they are designed to replace 65 watt bulbs, they seem every bit as bright as the old incandescent lights. The light given off by the LED bulbs is quite pleasing to the eye. Even my wife agrees.

Aside from using 75% less electricity, LED bulbs have an average life span of 25,000 hours. If used four hours daily, the bulb should last you around 17 years! Each bulb should save $148.00 in electrical costs over its lifespan. Think about all the power plant emissions that will be eliminated!

The bulbs are dimmable with most dimmers and come with a five-year warranty. They do not need any warm up like compact fluorescent bulbs and contain no mercury.

No such thing as a sure thing? I beg to differ.

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