One of the hottest trends today is green living. Consumers are looking for ways to conserve energy and natural resources. If you have visited a home improvement store, it is likely you have seen promotions for energy efficient lighting solutions. Energy efficient lighting benefits consumers in three ways: helps the environment, saves money on electric bills and can result in tax savings. LED lights are one form of energy efficient lighting that are becoming very popular. Let’s explore the world of energy efficient lighting options.
We are all familiar with the traditional incandescent light bulb. These bulbs are filled with a gas and then a filament is stretched across the inside. When electricity is run across the filament, it heats up to often very high temperatures. The bulb’s glow is a result of the filament heating up. The heat is a result of wasted energy. Incandescent bulbs also suffer from inherent fragility. These lights weaken over time as the heat separates atoms from the whole and causes thin spots in the filament. Eventually these thin spots will break and you will need to replace the bulb. (more…)