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With more and more people concerned about the environment, building and decorating green has never been more popular. One of the easiest ways for homeowners to limit their environmental impact is to consider replacing the lighting inside their home.
Incandescent bulbs waste energy and burn out quickly, and when the more energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs outlive their usefulness, they pollute the earth with the toxic mercury they contain. A new lighting revolution is giving homeowners an innovative option.
The LED Difference
Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology provides homes with beautiful illumination while reducing the negative environmental impact of traditional bulbs. Here's why it is fast becoming the leading eco-friendly choice:
* LED lights are long lasting: 20 Years.
LED provides uncompromising light that will last 20 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb and 5 times longer than a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL). You may never have to change your bulb again because each light is estimated to last 50,000 hours.
* LED lights use less energy: 85 percent less.
Incandescent and fluorescent bulbs consume substantially more energy than LED's. You can easily observe this based on the amount of heat they give off. LED options generate almost no heat and consume a whopping 85 percent less energy than incandescents and 50 percent less than flourescents. For example, 8 LED retrofit recessed replacement bulbs consume only 96 Watts and provide enough light for an entire room.
If every U.S. homeowner replaced one incandescent bulb with an LED, it would have the same effect as having 4 million fewer cars on the road.
* LED lights produce less waste: No hazardous toxins in your home.
Because the LED lights last so long, there is less waste going into landfills. Unlike compact fluorescent bulbs, these lights do not contain dangerous mercury. You won't have to worry about disposing of the bulbs properly or having toxins within your home.
What are the best LED options for retrofit recessed can lighting?
Because the technology is still new and options vary widely, no industry standards currently exist. Replacement bulbs are cost efficient even with a price point of $129 each.
Adding LEDs to Your Home.
Homeowners are using LED lights anywhere they have 6-inch recessed cans installed. LED retrofit replacements are easy to install and can be screwed into existing recessed lighting fixtures. Some existing fixtures or housings may require minor modification. Although you may want to hire a handy man to help with installation, many homeowners are able to complete the task themselves. An expensive electrician should not be required.
The eco-friendly LED replacement costs vary on different Web sites. This is a small price to pay considering the average cost to replace incandescent bulbs over 20 years is $166 at current prices, plus there's the added energy savings of $265 or more based on current energy costs.
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