Posted on: Nov

5 Reasons You Should Be Using LED Light Bulbs

LED light bulbs are better for the environment and your wallet. But what is it exactly that makes them so great? Here are 5 reasons you should seriously consider switching to LED (if you haven’t already).

Video: Philips

1. LED bulbs are the most cost-effective

To compare costs, we’re going to use a standard 60-watt replacement incandescent bulb as a baseline. This kind of bulb would cost about $90 to run over the course of 10 years. That’s 5 times more expensive than the LED bulb, which would cost $18 to operate over the same period of time. To get a more exact idea of how much you’ll save with LED lighting, check out this LED savings calculator from our friends at Philips!

LED vs CFL vs Incandescent Cost Incandescent CFL LED
Watts used 60W 14W 7W
Average cost per bulb $1 $2 $4 or less
Average lifespan 1,200 hours 8,000 hours 10,000 – 25,000 hours
Bulbs needed for 25,000 hours 21 3 1
Total purchase price of bulbs over 20 years $21 $6 $4
Cost of electricity (25,000 hours at $0.15 per kWh) $169 $52 $30
Total estimated cost over 20 years $211 $54 $34


2. LEDs last way longer

Short Answer: Absolutely

While LED bulbs are still relatively new to the market, lifespan estimates for the technology blow any competition out of the water. With an incredible lifespan of 25,000 hours, LED light bulbs are the obvious choice when it comes to longevity. CFL bulbs snatch the silver medal with 8,000 hours of average life expectancy, which, while decent, isn’t even a third of the LED’s lifespan. NOTE: Some newer LED bulbs have a lifespan of 10,000 hours. Check the specific bulb for details.

Life Span Comparison Incandescent CFL LED
Average Life Span 1,200 Hours 8,000 Hours 10,000 – 25,000 Hours


3. LED light bulbs are better for the environment

LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent lighting bulbs contain several components, such as mercury, that are dangerous for the environment. LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, which allows you to reduce your carbon footprint by up to 30%. The extended lifetime of LED technology means that 1 LED bulb can save the material and production of 25 incandescent light bulbs!

4. LEDs are more durable

Without filaments or glass exteriors, LEDs are breakage resistant and largely immune to vibrations and other impacts. Most traditional lighting is contained in glass or quartz, which can be easily damaged. LEDs, on the other hand, are not usually housed in glass. Instead, they are mounted on a circuit board and connected with soldered leads. While susceptible to direct impact, these LEDs are no more fragile than mobile phones and similar small electronic devices.

5. LED bulbs turn on instantly

Most fluorescent and HID (High-intensity discharge) lamps do not provide full brightness the moment they’re switched on. Many require three minutes (or more) to reach maximum light output. LEDs, however, turn on almost instantly at 100-percent brightness, and with no re-strike delay.

Valu carries a wide range of LED lighting, from Philips and Satco. Visit your local store or browse our online warehouse today!

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