The ABCs of LEDs – an FAQ
No longer do you need to be
the type inclined to hug a tree…
Light your home with LEDs
and lower your electric fees!
Replacing your old incandescent light bulbs with LED lights might be the easiest and most effective way to save money and help the planet. Here are a few Questions and Answers:
Q. What’s an LED?
A. LED means “Light Emitting Diode.” An LED converts electricity directly into light – with almost 100% efficiency. An incandescent (typical old-school) light bulb releases 90% of its energy as heat and only 10% as light – very inefficient. The LED equivalent to a 60W old-school bulb draws only 6W to 8W!
Q. Aren’t LEDs really expensive?
A. Even though the price of an LED is much higher than an old bulb, they will save you money. Not only will you save over 80% on your electricity usage, but they typically last 25 to 100 times as long! An LED installed when your child is born will likely still be working when she’s off to college. Another plus: LEDs are very hard to break!
Q. But I need to get all-new fixtures too, right?
A. From standard bulbs to appliance bulbs to flood lights to fluorescent tubes, there is probably an LED that fits right into your existing lamp or fixture.
Q. Can I use a LED in a fixture that’s brighter than the wattage-equivalent rating?
A. Yes! As long as the LED bulb uses less wattage than your fixture rating. The other reason fixtures have wattage ratings is because of the heat produced by old bulbs, and LEDs create very little heat.
Q. Don’t those new bulbs contain dangerous elements and can’t be recycled?
A. No…not LEDs. LEDs contain no hazardous materials and can be safely disposed of in the trash.