Saturday, May 16, 2015

LED Bulbs: An Environmentally Friendly Alternative

By Alex Avila

Light bulbs. They are a basic necessity for every home. And, while regular, incandescent light bulbs continue to burn out with regularity, a new, ever-expanding alternative is taking shape: LED Bulbs.

LED bulbs have grown in use in recent years, and it isn't hard to see why. An LED bulb with similar brightness to a regular 60 watt light bulb only uses 8 to 12 watts by comparison. LED bulbs come in all sorts of different colors. And, most importantly, LED bulbs have a longer lifespan, some even coming with a lifetime guarantee. Thanks to the increased usage and competition for consumer dollars, LED bulbs can be found for as little at $5.

However, LED bulbs are not without weak points. They are still much more expensive than regular bulbs, you generally will not save much on your electric bill by switching to them, and, in cases of dimming switches, some are not compatible. Nevertheless, they make for a viable alternative for consumers in the plight against planned obsolescence.

Would you invest in LED bulbs for your residence? Why or why not?

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