Posted by Doug Root on 5th May 2020

What You Need To Know About LED Replacement Bulbs

Technology is constantly evolving, and that includes everything from the smartphone in your pocket to the bulbs in your light fixtures. The incandescent light bulbs that have been the platonic idea of a light bulb for decades are now outdated and new lighting options like LED replacement bulbs are quickly becoming the best bulbs on the market due to their longevity and efficiency. If you are looking for bulbs that are extremely cost-effective while producing a high-quality light, LEDs are a great choice.

How LEDs Work
Conventional incandescent light bulbs rely on heated metal filaments to produce light. Even halogen bulbs rely on this basic technology, albeit with a much longer lifespan. Instead of relying on a glowing metal filament, LEDs produce their light by passing an electric current through a specially designed semiconducting diode. Basically, LED diodes contain material with several empty “electron holes” that want to hold an electron. As power passes through this material, electrons “squeeze” into these holes and release a small amount of energy in the process in the form of visible light.

This process of light production is extremely energy efficient, with almost all of the energy used to power the bulb being converted to light. More traditional bulbs, including incandescents and halogens, end up producing a lot of heat and non-visible light. This not only lowers the efficiency of the bulbs significantly, but the strain of operating at such high temperatures will also significantly lower the lifespan of your bulbs.

LED Lifespan
One of the biggest advantages LEDs offer is their lifespan. Your average incandescent light bulb is going to provide light for about 1000 hours. Once that metal filament breaks and that light bulb is done, using an LED replacement bulb will provide the same quality light output for up to 50,000 hours. After 50,000 hours most LED lights will still function, but with an output that is roughly 70% compared to the brand new bulb. This is the point where most manufacturers recommend replacement, but it’s possible for your bulbs to continue shining beyond this point. The incredible lifespan of these bulbs, combined with their efficiency, makes them a great option for cutting down electrical bills and lightbulb costs.

Let’s take a second to really understand what this lifespan means. Let’s consider a light that has to be used for 12 hours per day. That kind of heavy use can put a lot of strain on any bulb. Over the course of a year, you will need enough bulbs to provide almost 4.5 thousand hours of working time. On this schedule, you can expect different styles of light bulbs to last for different lengths of time.

● Incandescent Bulb - With a 1000 hour lifespan, the filament on your halogen bulbs will fail after about 3 months of this schedule.

● Halogen Bulb - A halogen bulb can last up to 2000 hours, so you might get up to 6 months of use before the bulb burns out.

● Compact Fluorescent Bulb - Fluorescent bulbs vary, but efficient compact fluorescent bulbs have a lifespan of around 10,000 hours. This means a single bulb can last for over two years at 12 hours per day

● LED Replacement Bulb -
An LED bulb under these circumstances should last for over 11 years before it’s output falls to 70%. Despite this decrease in total output, that bulb could last years after this 11-year point before it stops producing light entirely.

The Green Option
Their long lifespan makes LED bulbs the perfect option for any number of lighting applications, but the benefits do not end there. Other long-lasting bulbs like fluorescent contain chemicals like mercury, producing an environmental hazard if they are not properly disposed of. LED bulbs are constructed without dangerous chemicals or components, making ethical disposal quick and easy. This means that your LED bulbs will continue to reduce your impact on the environment even after they have stopped working.

LED Options
As LED technology has caught up to other forms of lighting, LED lighting options have quickly expanded to include compact bulbs and advanced LED fixtures. Whether you are looking for a bulb to fit your home lamp or you want to retrofit your business with outdoor LED light fixtures, we have the options you need. We carry LED light bulbs that resemble antique filament bulbs and options that are extremely compact like our chandelier LED bulbs. You can even find LED products to replace fluorescent lights and powerful high discharge lamps like outdoor security lights.

So if you are looking for bulbs that will offer incredible energy savings, our replacement LED bulbs are the obvious choice. Not only will these bulbs provide the quality light output that you expect, but they will also last years before they need to be replaced. You can find a wide selection of these efficient and green bulbs in our online store.

If you have any questions about our LED bulbs, fixtures, or any of our other lighting products, you can reach out to a member of our team by calling 1-888-988-2852 or sending an email to [email protected] Our team of lighting experts is always happy to help you find the perfect lighting solution to meet your needs.