Becoming more energy-efficient as a society is essential for the future of both the planet and mankind. Luckily, there are several lighting options that are great alternatives to incandescent bulbs, which are banned in many countries due to their energy inefficiency. Instead, replacing incandescent bulbs with superior alternatives, like LED bulbs, would save billions of dollars per year, prevent the need to build more power plants, and save the environment from exposure to an alarming amount of greenhouse gases.
Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs, are both compact and extremely energy-efficient light bulbs. These small bulbs are now used in clusters and are encased in lenses that help expand the light. One of the main issues the has prevented LEDs from reaching mainstream adoption was their production cost. However, recently a new and improved way of producing LEDs has made them more viable as an everyday light source.
There are several benefits to using LED bulbs in your home — not just environmentally! LEDs last about 40 times longer than conventional incandescent bulbs. Furthermore, the bulb itself is more durable since they do not have a fragile filament. On top of this, LED bulbs do not require much energy, which saves you money on your electricity bill and makes them an effective bulb to pair with solar panels. LED bulbs are mercury-free, and they stay cool (unlike incandescent bulbs which can lead to unwanted heat build-up in a room). Plus, LEDs won’t burn your fingers!
CFLs are another appealing alternative to incandescent light bulbs. For one, CFL bulbs last up to 10 times longer. Furthermore, they are four times more energy-efficient than incandescent light bulbs. Again, this means saving money on your electricity bill. Using CFL bulbs over incandescent bulbs greatly reduces air and water pollution.
Another great thing about CFL bulbs is their versatility. They can be used just about anywhere that an incandescent bulb can be used, meaning it’s quite easy to replace your bulbs with this more environmentally-friendly option. You can choose the light quality, shape, and brightness of your CFL bulbs to suit your preference.
While both of these alternatives to incandescent bulbs are beneficial to the planet (and your wallet), LED bulbs are our preferred choice. For one, LED bulbs are more consistent than CFL bulbs since the standard of CFL bulbs fluctuate depending on the overseas manufacturer. Perhaps more importantly, LED bulbs are mercury-free, while CFL bulbs contain mercury.
LED bulbs are now the most cost-effective option due to their superior energy-efficiency. Don’t wait to switch out those old incandescent bulbs for a more environmentally friendly alternative! The simple change to energy-efficient lighting makes a huge difference!