When it comes time to retrofit traditional lighting fixtures with more energy efficient bulbs there are two popular options: compact florescent lighting (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs). Looking solely at the upfront bulb cost, CFLs may be cheaper. However, they are less efficient. In fact, LEDs are the most energy efficient light bulbs on the market that reduce energy costs and provide the greatest return on investment in the long run. LEDs are a short-term investment, with long term benefits.
When you replace CFLs or traditional incandescent bulbs with EarthTronics high quality LED light bulbs you may not notice the effects right away, but over time, you are going to start asking yourself:
When’s the last time I replaced that bulb?
Answer: a long time ago. Our bulbs boast an average life span of over 25,000 hours. LED replacement bulbs also have no mercury or glass content which translates to a reduction in toxic chemicals deposited into our landfills.
How does it get bright so fast?
LEDs become bright almost immediately. According to Energy Star, LED light bulbs produce light when electrical currents pass through them, but with CFL bulbs, an electric current flows between electrodes at each end of a gas-filled tube. The reaction creates ultraviolet light, which is then changed into light when it hits a phosphor coating on the interior of the bulb. This process takes anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes to complete, which is why it can seem as if your CFL light takes a while to become fully lit. With LEDs on the other hand, you get instant full light in no time.
Why isn’t the bulb very hot?
When an electric current passes between the electrodes of a CFL, it not only creates light, but heat. Incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80%. LEDs, on the other hand, emit very little heat and run significantly cooler, helping to reduce the energy used in lighting, and cooling.
All these little things add up to significant energy savings in the long run. Retrofitting fixtures with EarthBulb LEDs can reduce your lighting energy consumption by 80%! This translates to an eco-friendlier space and smaller utility bill regardless of the size or application.
Making the switch to LEDs not only increases your ROI, but also reduces your overall maintenance budget. Easy-to-install retrofit kits require little to almost no maintenance. And, with such a long life-span, LED bulb replacement is at a minimum. Their cooling properties also impact overall HVAC costs helping to reduce building and business operational budgets from both maintenance and cooling perspectives.
EarthTronics has affordable, environmentally friendly LED lighting solutions for any industry, manufacturing facility, restaurant, hotel or home. All EarthBulb lamps sold provide over 80% in energy savings and with a wide array of both functional and decorative options available, we make the choice to switch from inefficient CFLs to energy-saving LEDs an easy one.