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Incandescent Light Bulbs Are Going Away

What’s Up With Incandescent Bulbs?

Incandescent light bulbs are going the way of the horse and carriage.  As of January 1, 2014, no more incandescents will be manufactured.  You will still be able to buy them until the supply is exhausted.  But why would you want to?  So if you are a die hard incandescent light bulb user, stock up now before they disappear.

LED Light Bulbs

An incandescent bulb costs three times more to use than an equivalent LED  (light emitting diode) bulb. An LED uses much less electricity (up to 85% less) than old fashioned light bulbs.  They burn cool and last up to 25,000 hours.  The light they emit is bright and shows true colors.

LED bulbs are labeled differently.  They are measured in lumens rather than watts.  A 60 watt incandescent light bulb should be replaced with and LED of at least 800 lumens.  A 75 watt bulb will need 1100 lumens and a 100 watt bulb will need to be replaced with 1600 lumens in an LED.

Expect to pay much more for LED lights.  They average $25 TO $35, but their longer life will more than make up for that.  LED lights, unlike CFL bulbs can be dimmable.  be sure to check the packaging.

Consumer Reports http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/lightbulbs/buying-guide.htm   did a test on LED light bulbs in which they left two bulbs burning 24/7 for 3 years and the bulb were still burning just as bright as they had been three years before.

So, as each incandescent bulb burns out replace it with an equivalent LED and you will save on your monthly Vepco bill as well as have beautiful, bright light in your home.

 

 

Comments

  1. Thank you for this update. It has such an impact on everyone and the environment. Cost less and consume less energy! I wish this has happened much earlier.