LED Light Bulbs Customer Reviews

Benefits of LED Bulbs

LED light bulbs (which stands for “light emitting diode”) have many benefits, compared to other bulbs such as incandescent. These benefits include:

  • Last 10-25 times longer than traditional technology such as halogen and incandescent

  • Energy-saving (LEDs use 12-15% of the energy incandescents use)
  • Dynamic color temperature options (warm white --> bright white)
  • Very affordable
  • They don’t give off as much heat, benefitting spaces that are being actively cooled
  • Do not contain mercury (like compact fluorescents)
  • Turn on instantly, especially in cold temperatures

How Much Money Can You Save?

Depending on how much you use the specific light and the energy rate of your utilities, the savings over the life of a typical LED that replaces a 60 watt incandescent is $75.

In general, the higher up-front investment is well worth the long-term value. Most standard LEDs cost about 3-4 times that of a regular incandescent. However, they save you money on energy and prevent you from having to change the bulb frequently – which is especially nice for high mount applications.

How Much Energy Do You Save?

Switching from a 60 watt incandescent light bulb to a 7 watt LED saves the average user 8-9x the energy, or 12% of the energy consumption.

Since you are typically billed off of your kWh consumption, you can use it as a measuring stick when analyzing the before-and-after energy usage. For example, 873 kWh (kilowatt hours) on average is saved when replacing a traditional 60 watt light bulb with a 7 watt LED - over the life of the LED.

How Much Time Between Replacements?

Depending on usage, LED light bulbs will last anywhere between 3-10 years. A CFL bulb’s life is shortened when in a location that is frequently turned on and off e.g. a bathroom, whereas an LED is not affected at all by this.

Can LEDs Replace Any Bulbs?

Over the past few years, LEDs are now being made to replace nearly every type of bulb. LEDs have even made new forms/shapes possible. LEDs are now making more forms to cover the miniature bulb category. You can replace standard screw in bulbs as well as fluorescent tubes, pin-base lights and mercury vapor.

How Does It Help the Environment?

LED light bulbs reduce the amount of overall energy used, and reducing energy helps the environment by decreasing power plant emissions. This technology has made it possible for many homes/facilities to convert to solar power.

Also, by reducing the amount of effort needed to change them out, this requires fewer trips for electricians and fewer trips for you to the hardware store. Finally, LEDs eliminate the need for lamps that contain mercury. Mercury exposure at high levels can harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, and immune system.

What Are the Color Options?

LEDs offer a wide range of color. You can find the same color temperatures you are used to in LED, from soft white, warm white, cool white, and daylight! They can be tunable white, meaning that they can come in color temperatures from 1800 or 2200 Kelvin all the way up to 6500 Kelvin. LEDs offer a higher CRI (Color Rendering Index) than CFLs, and in many applications can achieve a 90+ CRI. LEDs are also more easily controlled and can offer RGB functionality.

LED Lighting Options

At LightBulbs.com, we carry all types of LEDs for all uses and applications. Some of our options include:

A-line LED

A-line LED is the most common type of light bulb. It has a pear shape and is used in almost every household – in lamps, ceiling fixtures and front door lights.

Flood LED

Flood LED light bulbs are typically used in outdoor residential applications or indoor recessed cans. They come in the same beam spreads as their traditional counterparts. All flood light bulbs are directional and can range anywhere from a 8° beam spread to a 120° beam spread. They are most commonly used in landscaping, wall washing, area lighting, yards, patios and driveways, recessed cans, track lights, churches, soffits and other businesses.

Decorative LED

Decorative LED light bulbs (like blunt tip, candle tip and flame tip) are mainly used in chandeliers, bathroom fixtures, pendant lights and sconces. They come in all of the same shapes and sizes that incandescent and halogen décor lamps were made in; however, they offer more color ranges that the traditional décor lamps.

Decorative LED lights can be dimmed, but you need to make sure you have a compatible dimmer. Most manufacturers will list a dimmer compatibility list for the lamps they make.