An Electrical Investment
Did you know that incandescent bulbs have been designed so well that they shine a hundred years? Certainly this isn’t the case with most bulbs! Usually they burn out within several hundred hours to several thousand hours, depending. But that some have lasted over a century indicates bulbs can last longer; so why don’t they?
There are some who would contend that engineers who design incandescent bulbs make them susceptible to early burn-out on purpose in order to sell more bulbs. There is certainly a conspiratorial quality to this assertion, but with cases like the Livermore bulb linked above, it makes you wonder.
Thankfully, lightbulbs today are gradually being phased out by more cogent means of illumination. That and government. Actually, this may not be cause for celebration. It can be rather inconvenient when all your light fixtures are designed for incandescent bulbs, and the only ones available make a quiet living room look like an operating theater!
Yet there’s always a silver lining. Though you may not be able to get the kind of lighting you would prefer in an incandescent sense, what is replacing light bulbs of the old variety are LED applications which have the advantage of being more energy-efficient.
The LED Advantage
Though LED tech has been around for decades, it is only in recent years that it has been refined enough to truly surrogate conventional means of lighting like incandescent bulbs or fluorescents.
LED technology has made some exceptional advances. Even outdoor illumination is becoming worthwhile. According to ATGElectronics.com, LED wall lights like the eLucent WPDS WallPack offer: “…energy efficiency with a high lumen output…”
You can get the same kind of brightness you would with older lighting methods, but with less expensive energy consumption and a longer shelf-life, as well as a lower environmental impact.
Additionally, LED lighting is subject to greater precision control. If you haven’t heard of the Internet of Things (IOS), you might look into this innovative tech transition as it relates to LEDs. It’s now possible to sequence a series of LEDs such that they can be controlled with the swipe of a finger on your smartphone.
There are new applications that allow you to manipulate the color of lighting in a given room using a color wheel like you might find on a computer utilizing a visual program like Photoshop. This provides a slight up-tick in property value while giving your home a certain aspect of uniqueness conducive to fond delight.
Considering The Switch?
Though LEDs can be slightly more expensive initially, you save on the back end. Not only do LED applications last longer, they are less expensive to use, and you get the same—and in many times greater—level of output. Plus, LED lighting fixtures are more conducive to individualization and further technological implementation.
Imagine being able to change your exterior lighting fixtures to a Christmas, Halloween, or Valentine’s Day motif with the swipe of an app on your smartphone.