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  • It might be a good idea to switch to LED lighting. And an LED conversion has several benefits connected with it. First off, is how long LED lights can last.

    LED Lights Can Last a Decade or Longer


    If you convert your incandescent light bulbs to LED lighting, then you will save money, both on your electric bill and on buying light bulbs. Have you ever wondered why LED bulbs are so much more money than regular incandescent bulbs? It's because they last far, far longer. If you burn an LED light bulb for 12 hours a day, it can last up to eleven years or even longer. Ponder that. You only have to change your light bulb once every decade. But LED lighting has a couple of ways of saving you money on your electric bill. For one thing, LED bulbs are considerably cooler than incandescent bulbs.

    Cool Your House Down and Save Money By Switching to LEDs


    Incandescent bulbs and even fluorescents throw off considerable heat. There's a very good reason why people complain about the lights on a stage or a movie set. The air temperature under those hot lights can easily be well into the triple digits. It makes sense if you think about it. A well known children's toy from the seventies was an oven that used a light bulb to bake cakes. That isn't to say some LEDs aren't hot. They can be. That's why it's a good idea to handle them when they are out and by the lower end of the bulb, not the upper end. The important thing to do when you're looking at an LED conversion is to get an electrician in to do it. While some LED conversions can easily go into a standard light socket, the better quality ones are wired into your electrical system directly. With that in mind, you want an electrician to convert your home to LED lighting. The result is that you will save a lot of money on your electric bill. An incandescent bulb requires a lot of electricity. All an incandescent bulb is is a bent wire that is heated almost white hot by a connection to an electrical current. But to heat that wire, much less keep it heated, it puts considerable demands on your power supply. 

    LEDs work much differently than a regular light bulb. LED's use semiconductor technology. When current is applied to them, they generate photons, which we perceive as light. An LED uses a capacitor that charges the LED and requires less outgoing power. As a result, the demand on your wiring is a lot less. LEDs are a bit safer too as a result, being less likely to cause an electrical fire. Some older incandescent light bulbs can actually explode, which no matter how you look at it is alarming. In addition, LEDs can operate in extreme environments that a lot of incandescent light bulbs can't. They can work in environments well below zero and in temperatures well above 100 degrees. A final selling point for converting your home to LED lighting is the environment.

    There are still millions of incandescent light bulbs in landfills out there that are coated with mercury, phosphorous and other compounds that are toxic pollutants. So they're better for our planet, they require less energy, and you don't have to replace them as often. All these reasons and more are good ones to call an electrician in to do a LED conversion.