Quick Facts About LED Light Bulbs

Posted by: on August 25th, 2010 | 18 Comments
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I know that with everything our brains have to process every day, it’s hard to imagine that light bulbs are important enough to spend very much time thinking about them.

But what if you could cut down your  lighting energy consumption by 80 percent, save a great deal of money on your energy bill every month and not have to think about changing a light bulb in your home for several years?

Well here are some quick facts and snippets of information to help you learn more about the latest generation of LED light bulbs .

LED bulbs can be used in many common fixtures in your home, including accent lighting, track lighting, room lighting and outdoor spotlights. They offer many unique money and energy-saving benefits over traditional bulbs.

  • LED bulbs have an exceptionally long lifespan. They can last up to 5 times longer than compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs and much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. A typical LED light that burns 8 hours a day can last about 17 years before it needs changing, making LED bulbs an ideal choice for hard-to-reach lights.
  • LED bulbs have no filament or moving parts, making them extremely durable and low maintenance.
  • LED bulbs generate almost no heat or UV rays, which can help reduce air conditioning costs in your home and help keep fabrics and furnishings from fading.
  • LED bulbs provide greater energy savings by using up to 80% less energy to produce the same amount of brightness as that of CFLs and incandescent bulbs.

Did You Know?
Government legislation has mandated that light bulbs must be 30% more efficient than conventional incandescent bulbs by 2014, and by 2020, all bulbs must be at least 70% more efficient. The Home Depot is proud to be leading the way towards helping you make your home more energy efficient at the lowest prices.

 

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  1. LED lights are much better than old bulbs. I always prefer it because of it’s energy saving feature. LED lights mostly covers it’s warranty duration easily.

  2. HEART-ATTAK PERSON says:

    This pretty much helped ZILCH on my report. But great info on savings and eco-friendly ideas. I think that you should put in a few more facts though.

    • Craig Allen says:

      What sort of facts were you looking for?

      Hope the report went well, even though this article didn’t help.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  3. [...] washer, and dryer, with energy star models, and replacing lighting throughout the house with Energy-efficient light bulbs (CFL). They were building decks and widening doorways and leveling off surfaces throughout the house, so [...]

  4. Greenley says:

    Kevin:
    For a direct cost-comparison of CFLs vs. LED bulbs that showcases the savings, check out the article on http://www.gogreenledbulbs.com/ that discusses the benefits of LED lighting. Good luck!

  5. Bob Stelzer says:

    We have a 7 storey building with a battery backup system that provides 120VDC to the hallway lights when the AC power fails. We cannot use CFL’s because they cannot handle 120 VDC when the AC power fails. Can these LED lights work if supplied by 120 VDC?
    Best regards,
    Bob

  6. Al Niski - Master Trade Specialist - Store 2607 says:

    The LED Downlight is a bit pricey for home use but would be a tremendous cost saving for chuches with high recessed fixtures that are dimmable. Because of the pews, the install cost which is way more than the cost of the bulbs, would be eliminated because of the 20 year life. A mailing or some other way of passing this information to that market would be a great sales opportunity.

    • Darren Ryan says:

      Thanks Al! Thanks for all of your hard work in #2607!

      That’s a great idea and money saving tip for churches and other institutions that have high lighting and lighting installation costs. Keep in mind that for home use it is actually affordable if the overall cost is considered. The LED downlight is expected to last 40+ years, so the cost is about $1.25 per year for the all-in-one bulb/unit plus the big savings on your electric bill.

  7. Kevin S says:

    Darren,
    I think Kevin is still right on with his comments. I was excited to see that you had mentioned that the bulbs have come down to a more reasonable $20.00. I have CFL throubh my condo and can’t stand the warm up time. Plus, they get hot and really only last a year of on/off use. I see much better life out of incandescent bulbs. I have looked for Instant-on in the Reflector style that I use, but they seem to have disappeared off the market.

    I went to take a look at the $20 bulbs and found the prices to be inline with where they were a year ago. The miniature bulbs that are only used for accent are $20, however the sized bulbs that are actually used for household lighting are still $50-$70 dollars. Funny thing, I found a bulb for $49.97 at HomeDepot and thought, how much is the bulb and fixture? The cost was very similar. When will either the CLF technology improve or LED lighting become MORE reasonable?

    Kevin

    • Darren Ryan says:

      Hey Kevin, hope you had a great holiday weekend!

      I will check in with the lighting team later today and find out more about the instant on CLF reflectors and if they will be coming back into stock for you. Now you and Kevin are correct, there are still alot of LED bulbs out there that are on the expensive side and yes we do carry them. I sent a friend of mine to one of our local stores and he thought I was crazy because all he saw were the more expensive LED bulbs. Turns out the correct bulb was sold out at that store. This may have been the case with the store you had visited.

      The new bulb that I am talking about, the EcoSmart LED A19 40 Watt Equivalent Light Bulb, is indeed household sized and should be at every Home Depot store however, they have been selling fast. If you can’t find it in your local store, you can always find the $20 LED bulb online here. Check it out and let me know your thoughts and if this is the right size for what you are looking for. Be sure to look for the Home Depot EcoSmart label on the LED bulbs for the best prices.

      I really think that now that Home Depot has led the way with advancing the technology and by breaking down the price points for the LED bulbs, we will see quite a bit more innovation and price lowering with LED. With CFL, I’m not so sure how much the technology will improve. I have several new posts coming about new LED technology and prices in the next few days, so be sure to stop back!

      Have a great week!!

      • Hello Kevin;

        I am the light bulb merchant at the home depot – thanks for your comments. To answer your questions:
        1. We are converting all of our reflectors to instant bright which shortens the warm-up time substantially. The new packaging will call it out – look in your local store later this month as it is a rolling change.
        2. A good rule of thumb for LED lighting is that prices will come down 10-15% a year. CFL technology will continue to improve based on warm-up times and efficacy, but LED will be the choice for directional lighting.

  8. Ben says:

    The biggest problem I see with LED’s is the lumen output of the bulb itself. Compared to incandescent and CFL bulbs the LED output just isn’t there. Even when the lumen output is close, the light itself doesn’t project any distance. I use LED light a great deal with work, in a “flood” application they are”ok”, they really only get good when it’s in a projection application like a flash light, and even then the LED bulb itself needs to be really good. So although I see LED’s eventually working out, the technology isn’t there yet.

  9. xfsf says:

    i bought the PAR30 ones, work well with my dimmer. but i need short neck for my fixtures. hope they will make PAR30 short neck and GU10 based soon.

  10. Kevin says:

    yeah, LED lights are great, but I can hardly see the savings at $69 a bulb.

    • Darren Ryan says:

      Thanks for visiting Kevin! That’s the great news here. Home Depot has brought down the prices of LED bulbs to be much more affordable now. The bulbs are now under $20! Plus they are made to last 17+ years, so compared to incandescent bulbs the initial cost is still high, but over that many years and the savings on your electric bill the LED bulbs win on savings hands down. You could try one of the $20 bulbs like I did to see what you think. I was leery myself before i tried one out. If you don’t like it or feel the savings value you can return it.