LED Bulbs are Great for the Environment
Did you know that lighting accounts for nearly one-fifth (19 percent) of electricity spending in the average household. Switching to LED bulbs can slash lighting energy usage by as much as 80%. According to Forbes Magazine, “The City of Los Angeles is saving $5.3 million annually thanks to the Green LA initiative that has thus far replaced 114,000 high-pressure sodium street lights with LED lighting, the nation’s largest such project. Once completed, Los Angeles anticipates LED lighting will save taxpayers $10-million-a-year, nearly two-thirds of what the city had been paying for lighting its streets.” The U.S. Department of Energy predicts the switch to LED lighting over the next two decades could save $250 billion in energy costs.
Forbes also published this: “Not only does this trend result in better lighting that saves Americans money and time (imagine not changing a bulb for more than a decade), but it will also eliminate a tremendous amount of physical waste. According to IMS Research, collectively, 5.6 billion bulbs light American households and businesses, including 4.2 billion incandescent bulbs and about 1 billion compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs that contain toxic mercury. More than 1 billion new bulbs are purchased every year.”
LED bulbs use very little energy, thus saving on the amount of coal that has to be burned, the amount of nuclear energy that has to be created, and the amount of every other source of energy that has to be stored. This has a huge impact on the planet. Since LED’s last 20 times longer than other lighting sources, they don’t need to be replaced as often. This reduces the impact of manufacturing, packaging, and shipping.
LED bulbs also contain no mercury, unlike their HID and fluorescent counterparts, whose mercury-laden remnants can seep into our water supply and adversely affect sea life, and those who eat it.