LED light bulbs are pricey, but we think they’re an excellent alternative to the standard incandescent. Ranging anywhere from $10 – $50 a bulb, the LED is considerably more expensive than an incandescent… but they will eventually pay for themselves and then some. Here are some pros and cons of the LED light bulb…
LEDs Are Energy Efficient. LEDs use about 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb. You’ll see the advantages of an energy efficient LED every month on your electricity bill.
LEDs Have a Long Life. LEDs last A LOT longer than an incandescent. Lasting approximately 25,000 hours – the LED could potentially last up to 25 years versus the typical 6 months of an incandescent bulb. You’ll not only save money – you’ll save yourself the time and hassle of changing out light bulbs.
The only real negative with the LED bulb is that, right now, they’re not very attractive. They sort of look like an alien version of an incandescent. You’re probably not going to want to use these in a fixture where the light bulb is part of the look. But any fixture that hides the bulb would be a great candidate for an LED light bulb (FYI – Boyd has started marking all of our fixture info with “LED Screw In” where appropriate – so you don’t have to guess when it comes to this).
The good news here is that lamping manufacturers are working on this aesthetic problem… which means there should be some viable options for “pretty” LED bulbs (LED bulbs that look like incandescent) sometime in the near future.
So… do you think you’re ready to make the switch to LED light bulbs? Let us know in the comments section!