The Difference Between LED and Incandescent Lighting
At Lightning Bug Electric, we’re constantly asked about why it’s necessary to change from incandescent bulbs to Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs. Although there is a ton of information online, they are typically associated with math formulas, various charts and long-winded explanations. Fortunately, our Atlanta electricians are able to provide simple answers that you can even share with your family and friends.
Benefits of Using LED Light Bulbs
One factor which makes LED bulbs the best option between the two is its longevity. Since these lights last longer, they are purchased less often. Another benefit is that they’re great for the environment. But when it comes down to efficiency, the answer can be found in the light wattage, which refers to how much energy a light needs to produce lumens (the unit used to measure light).
The following are how these two light sources generate lumens:
- LED bulbs – They work by causing an electrical arc along a semiconductor. An electric charge activates and creates the light while using a small amount to no heat whatsoever.
- Incandescent bulbs – Known to be the staple of most, if not all, households, they generate light by using heat. Electricity enters a filament and continuously heats it until it produces light.
Here is an example: Since a typical incandescent bulb uses 60 watts of power to generate light, you can actually receive the same amount of light from an LED for only six to eight watts. So when it comes to making the commitment to LED lighting for your home, it’s a no-brainer.
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