LIGHT EMITTING DIODES (LED)
Light-Emitting Diodes are the most popular choice in energy efficient lighting. LEDs produce the same amount of light as incandescents (called “lumens”) but use ten times less energy. LED bulbs last from 25,000 hours to 50,000 hours vs. incandescent bulbs lasting only about 2,000 hours. They come in different color temperatures – warm and cool – and most are dimmable similar to traditional incandescent bulbs. LEDs although relatively new has come a long way. You can now find bulbs in the same shape and size of all your traditional bulbs- from candelabra to “A” lamps to reflector lamps (even night lights!). We know LEDs to be the best choice for energy smart lighting for your home and business.
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COMPACT FLUORESCENT LAMPS (CFL)
Compact Fluorescent Lamps use approximately 75% less electricity and lasts about then times longer than incandescent light bulbs. They produce about 75% less heat contributing to cutting energy in home cooling. There are different kelvin temperatures- warm or cool color. Some drawbacks and fluorescent does not dim well and it is not an instant on. They are also larger and different shapes than traditional bulbs making it difficult to fit in some existing fixtures and decorative lamps.
The incandescent bulb hasn’t changed too much since they were first developed for mass consumption by Thomas Edison in the late 19th century. Federal energy requirements are forcing Incandescent bulbs out of the U.S. market for the most part and are being replaced in many applications by other types of electric light, such as Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) and Light Emitting Diode Lamps (LED).
However, incandescent bulbs still fill a niche for those who need a specialty bulb or who want visible filaments and low lumens as a design statement.