LEDs have a substantially longer life, lasting up to an incredible 25,000 hours, or about 22-plus years, compared to the lifespan of an incandescent bulb, which is about 1,000 hours.
It’s time to set the record straight. As the government transitions out incandescent light bulbs, there are many misconceptions that need to be addressed about energy-efficient options available — in particular, LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), the newest kid on the block.
According to experts, the following misconceptions are the most common.
Myth No. 1: They only work for basic fixtures
Fact: There are LEDs for every need, including many household appliances, indoor flood lighting, decorative bulbs (chandeliers) and outdoor fixtures. LED bulbs can also be as small as 2 mm, making them ideal for fitting into hard-to-reach and compact areas.
Myth No. 2: They produce bright blue and lasting light
Fact: Color temperature describes the visual warmth or coolness of a light source and LED lights are available in a wide range, from a bright light or a mellow glow, making them suitable for any room.
They also offer dimming and color-changing abilities, whether you want to create a natural atmosphere in the bathroom, or elegant, ambient lighting in your dining room.
Myth No. 3: They are too expensive
Fact: LEDs have an incredibly long life, lasting up to 25,000 hours (22-plus years, compared to the lifespan of an incandescent light bulb, which is about 1,000 hours. Based on lifespan and typical electrical usage, an incandescent light bulb will cost homeowners about $8 per year to run, while an LED bulb comes in at only $1.75.
Myth No. 4: They are hard to find in stores
Fact: Retailers across United States and Canada carry hundreds of LED products to meet all your household lighting needs.
Myth No. 5: Switching to LEDs requires changing existing fixtures
Fact: All LEDs currently on the market are designed to fit all types of existing sockets. They work in standard bases that are common with incandescent and halogen installations. In most cases, they are the same size if not slightly smaller than the bulbs they replace and do not pose any difficulties when making the switch.