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Blog entry by Michele Duchet posted 12-23-2013 05:32 AM 8595 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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LED lights have really taken off in the last couple decades, with these little devices lighting millions of homes across the US. While many people are familiar with LEDs, they are still largely unaware of just how these lights work or how much better they are than incandescent light bulbs. For most people, LEDs are little more than a replacement for their traditional incandescent bulbs, but it would be a mistake to think that that’s all LEDs offer. In fact, LEDs have a number of features that would probably surprise most consumers. This article will look at five of the most surprising features of LED lights so consumers will know just how great they are.

They are really efficient
Most people know that LEDs are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, but they are probably unaware of just how energy efficient they really are. LEDs are up to six to seven times more energy efficient than incandescent technology, and they have the capability to reduce energy consumption by a whopping 80 percent. Furthermore, they have a lifespan of 25,000 hours, compared to an incandescent bulb’s lifespan of a meager 1,000 hours. As such, LEDs are one of the best of all sneaky electricity savings tips available to consumers.

They aren’t just for lighting the home
LEDs are used in a wide range of devices, including car lights, TV sets, and traffic lights. The reason for their versatility is that they are much smaller than traditional bulbs, allowing them to be placed almost anywhere. Furthermore, it is easier to direct where light emitted from an LED goes, meaning they are ideal for making sure light isn’t wasted by going in directions where it is not needed.

LEDs are over 50 years old
Many people assume that LEDs are a new technology, but in fact the first LED was created way back in 1962 by Nick Holonyak, Jr. when he was working for GE. While LEDs had a slow start, mainly due to limited technology and high manufacturing costs, over those five decades the cost of producing LEDs has dropped tremendously, while the technology behind them has increased many times over.

LEDs continue to improve
Thanks largely to the Energy Department’s research and development efforts, LEDs are advancing at a rapid rate. Since 2000, 58 patents have been received through new LED technology, and these patents are making these lights more energy efficient and cheaper to produce.

LEDs pollute less
Not only do LEDs have a positive impact on the environment by consuming less electricity, they also help the planet through how they are made. Unlike incandescent bulbs, LEDs contain no mercury, which means they have much less of an impact on the environment than those traditional bulbs.

LEDs will save the US billions of dollars
Greater energy efficiency means people will be spending less on their energy bills if they have LED lights installed in their homes. In 2012 alone, the savings from LED lights amounted to $675 million. If the US manages to switch over entirely to LED by 2030, the total savings would be an astonishing $250 billion.
LEDs have a lot of advantages, from being more energy efficient to taking less of a toll on peoples’ wallets. Many people, however, will be surprised to learn just how ingenious these little devices are. Over the past five decades, these devices have caused America to spend less and they have helped the environment stay clean, all while keeping the bedroom lights on.

Michele Duchet works in a home improvement store. He loves to write about his best findings on family and homeowner blogs. Visit the Alberta Energy Providers website for more energy saving tips.



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