Exactly what is the difference between an incandescent bulb and an LED bulb? What would be the benefits of lighting with LEDs over incandescents? Can LEDs really save me a significant amount on my electric bills? These are some common questions from customers concerning the switch to LED lights. Information is power, and we are here to help you leverage your knowledge where your holiday lighting is concerned. Light-emitting diodes, also known as LEDs, emit light in a specific direction, whereas an incandescent or fluorescent bulb emits light — and heat — in all directions. For direct lighting applications LED lighting uses both light and energy more efficiently. LEDs are more costly initially, but the long-term advantages more than make up for the initial difference. For example, a 50ct string of LEDs will cost approximately $9, where a 50ct string of mini’s will cost approximately $4. The initial change will be around double the cost; however, one major advantage is that the mini’s will more than likely need replaced every year and the LEDs will last anywhere from three to six years. This is a tremendous savings over the life of your lights. Another advantage is the savings you will see in your lighting bill. The lifespan of an LED bulb is approximately 50,000 hours where the lifespan of an incandescent bulb is approximately 1200 hours. The total cost for 50,000 hours of use (assuming $.10 per KWh) for an LED would be $85.75. In comparison, the total cost for the incandescent bulb for the same amount of time would be $352.50. That is quite a difference, especially in this country’s current economic state. We hope this has answered some of your questions concerning LEDs. Of course, if you have further questions, you are always welcome to send us an email or give us a call.

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