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Lighting is probably one of the biggest and most cost effective ways to save energy in your homes and business. By converting to compact fluorescents or LEDs, you can save from 66% to 90% on your lighting bills.

Power Use

When compared to other types of lighting options such as incandescent bulbs and CFL, LED lighting uses far less energy. According to the website ProductDose, the power consumption of an LED bulb is around 6 W of power, with around 360 kWh of electricity being used over the lifespan of the bulb.

Compared with a 60 W light bulb, LED bulbs use a tenth of the energy, with incandescent lamps using 1000 kWh over the same time period of 50, 000 hours. CFL lights fall somewhere in between but still use more than double the amount of energy of LED. Do you know how much your lighting fixtures draw?

Time Frame

LED lights are known for their extremely long lifespan. An average LED bulb can last up to 50,000 hours of use, compared with 1,000 hours of use for a 60 W incandescent light bulb. You would have to replace a standard light bulb about 40 times to equal 50,000 hours of use.

Durability and Safety

LED light bulbs use small diodes that are more durable than traditional light bulbs. Traditional light bulbs can crack or shatter easily when dropped or banged, but LED light bulbs may withstand impact better. Another consideration is that LED bulbs do not contain potentially harmful gases or chemicals. Incandescent bulbs may contain halogen, xenon or krypton while CFL bulbs can contain mercury which is a neurotoxin.

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