Are flourescent bulbs obsolete?

Electroluminescence. Discovered in 1907 at Marconi Labs, the phenomenon known as electroluminescence is the magic behind LED ilumination. The first practical Light Emitting Diodes did not show up until the 1970s. Today, LED light bulbs are dependable, visually pleasing, and use as much as 80% less energy than the traditional light bulb. Here are just some of the benefits of switching from old incandescent light bulbs and compact flourescents (CFLs) to modern, 21st century, LED lighting.

  • Easy on the eyes. The harsh glare of LED lighting is a thing of the past. Modern bulbs shine a warm comfortable glow that is pleasing to the eye, easy to read by and are just as bright as comparable incandescents.
  • Mercury free. Although compact flourescent bulbs can save energy too, they can also contain toxic mercury.  LED lights do not, making them a cleaner safer choice.
  • Dim Bulb? Compact flourescenrt bulbs do not work well with dimmer switches. The right LED bulbs will play nice with your dimmer and let you control the level of light.
  • Efficient. With an energy savings of 75% to 80%, plus the fact that most of the energy we use is for ligting, the savings add up fast., 
  • Long life. Old incandescent bulbs typically last 1,200 hours before they go dark and have to be changed. LED bulbs can last 20 to 40 times longer.
  • Safe. Who among us hasen't dropped a light bulb only to see it shatter and spray glass shards all over the place? LED bulbs are manufactured using modern materials and won't shatter the way glass incandescents or compact flourescents do.
  • Way Cool. Anyone who has ever grabbed a hot light bulb know this one. The fact is, LED lights operate at much lower temperatures than Incandescent or even CFL bulbs.
  • Right now. Ever wait for a flourescent bulb to come on in cold weather? LEDs are instant on with no flickering and no waiting required. Even in the coldest climates.
  • Energy-Star. Not all LED bulbs are created equally. To be sure you are getting the most for your money, make sure the product carries the "Energy-Star" label and always buy from reputable company.

If you are considering a solar array or wind turbine, making the change to modern LED lighting is the best, first step you can take. By reducing your energy consumption first, you can lower your total energy requirements. This means a smaller, less expensive source of green energy can power your home.