If you have been purchasing light bulbs for your home for a long time you probably remember all sorts of different light bulbs that have been used over the years. Technology has continued to change over time. As new technology is found the type of light bulbs most frequently on the market also changes. Today Simon Electric wants to talk to you about one of the most common types of light bulbs on the market today – LED lights.
What are LED Lights Used For?
First let’s talk about what LED lights are. LED stands for light-emitting diode. Wikipedia defines it as “a semiconductor light source that emits light when current flows through it.” LED lights were used in some electronics beginning in 1962. They became a popular type of light bulb option in the last 5-10 years here in the United States. Over the years many different beliefs about LED lights have been shared. Some of them are simply not true though.
How Long Do LED Lights Last?
One myth that you may have heard is that LED light bulbs last forever. This is not a true statement. LED lights eventually start to become increasingly dimmer over time until it reaches the point where they are not providing very much light. They do indeed last a significant amount longer than other light bulbs though.
Do LED Lights Get Hot Enough to Start a Fire?
The second myth that we want to debunk is that LED light bulbs do not get hot. We believe that this myth became so widespread because if LED lights are designed correctly you can touch them without burning yourself. In reality though, LED light bulbs do not emit as much heat as other types of light bulbs but they do still get hot. But not hot enough to be a fire risk.
Are LED Lights Expensive?
Myth number three is starting to work itself out but we want to address it anyways. Many people believe that LED light bulbs are extremely expensive to purchase. This used to be a true statement. As lighting companies started to compete with each other in the LED light bulb arena the prices started to drop. In the last 10 years prices have fallen by 20% or more. If you look down the light bulb aisle at your store you will see that LED light bulbs are extremely affordable now. They are not as inexpensive as incandescent light bulbs but the savings that come from using LED light bulbs more than compensates for the higher original cost.
Are LED Lights Hazardous Waste?
Next up on our list is that LED light bulbs contain hazardous substances. Many types of light bulbs contain mercury. Frequently people believe that LED lights contain mercury, lead, or other harmful substances. This is absolutely not true. LED light bulbs are completely safe and recyclable.
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Simon Electric hopes that we were able to correct some of your beliefs about LED light bulbs. LED light bulbs are an excellent choice for your home. They are an extremely energy efficient way to keep your home well-lit. If you have any more questions about LED lights give us a call today. We would be happy to help you with any of your lighting questions!