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Posted by Doug Root on 27th Apr 2021

Should You Switch to LED Replacement Bulbs?

LEDs have continuously gained ground over the last 20 years or so, and despite the fact that many homes are still lighted by incandescent or even CFL bulbs, the case might just be that there is a better alternative. In fact, the benefits of LED replacement bulbs might span farther than that, reaching into commercial, public, and even industrial applications.

To answer the question posed by the title of this article, the answer might be - it depends on what you need to replace and what you expect from the replacement.

Options for Residential, Industrial, and a Variety of Commercial and Public Settings

While you might assume that the main benefits of LED replacement bulbs are reserved for residences and domiciles that aim to switch out their CFL and incandescent bulbs, there are a plethora of LED replacements for fluorescent tube lights and HID lamps that are commonly used in other commercial and industrial settings.

For example, many high bays, schools, retail shops, and other locations are lit by fluorescent lights. For the longest time, fluorescent lights have been beloved for their energy efficiency and longevity, but nowadays, manufacturers have developed LED replacements for these fluorescent lights that are better in nearly every way.

Similarly, HID lamps are widely used in wide-area lighting, especially outdoors, where high-efficiency directional lighting is an imperative and not a suggestion. There are many LED replacements produced to replace HID lamps as well, including but not limited to corn cob LEDs that are just as brighter - and, similarly, have a lot of advantages over the bulbs they replace.

Benefits of LED Replacement Bulbs

Regardless of whether you need to outfit a warehouse with new lighting or you just want to ditch your home’s incandescents, here are some of the benefits of LED replacement light bulbs that you can expect.

LED replacement bulbs are longer lasting

One of the most often quoted advantages of LED bulbs is that they are so long-lasting. Incandescent lights last around 1,000 hours or so, and some HID lamps last around a few thousand hours. On the high end, some fluorescent lights can approach 50,000 hours, but that is the exception and not the rule. More of them will hover around expected life spans around 25,000 or 30,000 hours.

LEDs, though, last forever by comparison. Some LEDs last nearly 100,000 hours.

●LEDs produce less heat

In industrial and commercial applications, cooling costs can take a large toll on an operation. However, LEDs produce very little heat, to begin with and modern LEDs are further optimized with heat sink technology to keep them cooler and extend their lifespans. This means businesses can potentially save money on cooling costs by switching to LEDs.

●LEDs contain no harmful components and many of them are completely recyclable

Many HID lamps and all fluorescent lamps contain harmful chemicals such as mercury. This makes disposing of these bulbs a hassle because they cannot simply be thrown away. LED lights contain no such harmful chemicals and in many cases, almost the entire (or the entire bulb) can be recycled.

●LEDs are enormously energy efficient

In addition to the fact that LEDs last so much longer than other alternatives, they also are enormously energy efficient by comparison. Even fluorescent lights, which are widely regarded as “energy-efficient,” pale in comparison to LEDs. Incandescent bulbs guzzle electricity by comparison to LEDs.

●LED lights start up right away - no more flickering or buzzing or slow start-ups

Some HID lamps and fluorescent lamps are notorious for responding to cold temperatures in a finicky manner. They can start up slowly, flicker, or buzz. You’ll experience no such headache with LEDs. They start right up and reach their full brightness immediately.

●They’re available in a wide range of color temperature and provide excellent color rendering

One more thing to note is that LED lights are available in a wide range of color temperatures, so whether you’re looking for a cool bright or a warm white light, you can have it - in addition to any color you want. Many LEDs also provide amazing color rendering, showing colors in true-to-life hues. Some LED bulbs are even full-spectrum lamps.

●Bonus- don’t give up any ambiance!

It’s not 2000 anymore, and color temperature (and affordability) in LEDs have both come a long way. While previously people might have developed a mental image of expensive, stark, harsh white LED chips as the only option in LEDs, a lot has changed in the past several years.

There is now a wide range of LED replacement bulbs available to businesses and consumers, including LED filament bulbs that are meant to mimic Edison bulbs and produce a gentle, lambent glow, almost like a flame. Whatever effect you’re going for, you can create it with LEDs.

Start Your Search Here!

If you have specific questions about replacing your current lighting infrastructure with LEDs or you just want to know what your options are, lean on our experience. We’ve been helping customers in a wide variety of industries (including homeowners) for many years, and our customer service is second to none.

You can reach us at 1-888-988-2852 with any questions you have and we’d be more than happy to help. Let us know what you’re trying to accomplish with LED replacement bulbs and we’ll help you make it happen.