Whether you’re looking for light bulbs for your kitchen, bathroom, or outdoor fixtures, you’re probably going to find that what are available now are LED bulbs. Light bulb manufacturers have re-tooled their factories to produce LED bulbs in place of incandescent bulbs and have been doing so for years now ever since the newer energy efficiency standards were enacted. Fluorescent bulbs are still being manufactured in large quantities and you can still find incandescent bulbs around if you look for them, but you are definitely not getting the most bang for your buck if you are using those older technology bulbs.
For many types of screw-in light bulbs, you may not even notice the difference when you purchase them for your fixtures. They look just like the older style bulbs, but the advantage is that they come in a variety of kelvin colors to enhance your surroundings. If you like the look of the “warm” color of incandescent lighting, you can choose 2700K or 3000K bulbs in your new LED lights. If you like more “white” lighting or “daylight” color, the higher temperatures like 4000K, 5000K, or 6500K may be more suitable.
Even fluorescent lamps can now be purchased in LED technology in identical shapes and sizes and many can be installed directly into your existing fixtures. The slim T8 fluorescent tubes can be replaced with LED tubes and you can even find tubes which bypass the ballasts in the fixtures so you never have to worry about changing them out again. These are also available in a variety of colors.
The energy savings and the life of the bulbs make these much more cost effective in the long run. You can expect to save 50% – 75% in energy costs when you use LED bulbs over incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. Most LED bulbs are rated at 50,000 hours and have a life expectancy of five to seven years. When you add up how many older style bulbs you won’t have to buy over a seven year period, the savings is substantial.
In my local lighting business, there has been a huge transition to LED lighting over the last couple of years. I still have customers who are resistant to using them because the initial cost has been slightly more, but recent advances in LED technology have brought the cost down, and now LED bulbs are around the same price as the fluorescent substitutes that were being pushed several years ago. I’ve noticed some customers are transitioning back to the screw-in types of fixtures so they can utilize LED replacements instead of using the plug-in type of compact fluorescent bulbs that limit you to one size and shape. This makes it very convenient to change them out and also to have more variety when picking out a bulb style.
All-in-all, LED lighting is the best for your money, it has become one of the main sources of lowering energy usage, and is the standard today for light bulb technology. It will be interesting to see what newer technology the future holds for lighting.
For more information on picking out LED light bulbs, please visit my page: Choosing LED Light Bulbs: Practical Advice and Links for Sizes and Shapes. I also discuss lighting color options at my page: Different Colors of Lighting.