More about light bulbs and what lights up your world.

Yesterday we talked about light bulbs and talked about “The New Guy on The Block,” the LED bulbs that are rapidly taking over the lighting market for a lot of reasons.

Do you realize that an LED bulb typically will last for twenty years?  That’s all but astounding!  So, if we were to buy an LED today it would last until 2036.  Can you imagine the things that bulb will see and light up over the next twenty years!  That’s scary; my ten year old grandson will be 30.  How is it possible?

Since LED’s have become so popular it was only a matter of time that a dark-side to LED’s appeared.  Unfortunately some if not many of the LED’s being sold today are of inferior quality and probably won’t last.  But, fear not there is a quick and easy way for you to spot the inferior bulbs that are out there.  The good LED’s all have on their packaging the “Energy Star” logo which it seems all of us know.  The “not-so-good” bulbs do not have that logo and it is probably safe to say are not going to be with us for twenty years.  So, like all shopping take your time and buy carefully.

As is the case with all new products there are new things to learn.  LED’s are rated by the amount of light they give off exactly the way the old fashion Incandescent bulb is rated as a 60 watt or 100 watt and so on but, LED’s are rated in Lumens.  A lumen is usually thought of as the amount of visible light.  There is a lot of science behind all this but very simply put, the more Lumens the brighter the bulb.

Another new characteristic of LED’s is that they do not emit light in all directions so that would explain why in many of the new bulbs there are numerous Light Emitting Diodes inside one bulb.  The Diode is that small thing inside the bulb that gives off light, or it is The Light Emitting Diode.  All in all, it is the exact same thing that we are all accustomed to but accomplished differently.  Part of the difference is that LED’s use so much less energy (that’s so good for the environment) and while using less energy they last so much longer.

Sounds like a “Win / Win” situation to us!

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