According to a recent article in the RJ, 19% of global electricity demands come from lighting alone. And Las Vegas now saves $2 million a year from the installation of 42,000 new LED streetlights.
Incandescent bulbs work by using an electrical current that passes through a filament creating heat and controlled combustion, which produces light. If you are anything like me, I don’t want anything creating MORE heat living here in Las Vegas. LED bulbs last more than 25,000 hours (compared to the mere 1,000 hours of an incandescent bulb). While LED’s skip the combustion step that produces the majority of the heat.
The big reason people don’t consider switching bulbs is that people just don’t like change. And LED makers have taken this into account by making bulbs that mimic the old inefficient ones in style and color.
- They use less energy to produce the same amount of light.
- They last 25X longer. (or more!)
- And they don’t add nearly as much heat to our environment.
Yes, the cost is more per bulb, but in the long run it is definitely a money saver.