LED Light Bulbs

(Accompanies video in the light bulb aisle of a home improvement store) By now you’ve probably heard that 40, 60, 75, and 100 watt incandescent bulbs have been phased out by the federal government. And some people are pretty upset about the whole thing. The bottom line is we all know and love our incandescent bulbs. But how much do we really know about them? This is a 60 watt incandescent bulb. For three hours use a day, it has a nice warm glow, lasts about a year, and costs around seven dollars 23 cents to operate based off the Federal Trade Commission’s own measure. Now this is an LED bulb. It’s much more efficient than your old incandescents, only drawing about 10 watts of power, and more than that, by the same measure, this bulb will only cost you about one dollar 20 cents per year, and will last up to 22 years. So how can a 10 watt LED replace a 60 watt incandescent? Well, to answer that question, we have to think about lumens, a measure of light output. In reality, this is an 850 lumen light bulb. Compare that with a similar 820 lumen LED. Side by side they look a bit different and yet the LED creates the same amount of light and also has that same warm glow. The real difference between these two is in total cost of ownership. 22 years of incandescent bulb use costs us nearly $120 per fixture in electricity expenses. And you would have to change that bulb almost every single year. But pop in an LED, and that cost falls to about $26 to operate over its lifetime with only a single replacement. When you think about how many bulbs are in the average American house, we’re talking about saving over 1800 dollars over the lifetime of an LED bulb. On top of that, some of them are even dimmable. If you care about saving money and greater convenience, then LED bulbs are truly a greater choice.