LED Lightbulbs for the Homecomments (0) April 29th, 2009 in Blogs
by Jefferson Kolle
R30 LED Floodlights
|■ Manufactured by enLux Lighting
■ 480-733-8065; www.enluxled.com
■ Cost of bulb shown here: about $90
The problem with incandescent bulbs has always been that they waste a lot of energy in the form of heat. Lately, I’ve been trying to get used to the color of the light from the more efficient compact-fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) that I’ve screwed in all over my house, but sometimes I still feel like I’m in an operating room or a tollbooth. Plus, I’m not entirely comfortable with the fact that CFLs contain mercury, which can pollute the soil. Now a company called enLux Lighting manufactures a promising line of LED bulbs—including spot-, flood-, and downlights—to replace 65w bulbs in standard recessed ceiling fixtures.
Using the cost calculator on the enLux Web site, I filled in the boxes for the costs of two different incandescent floodlight bulbs and my price per kilowatt hour for electricity. While the LED bulb won’t pay for itself for about seven and a half years (operating four hours a day), it will save me more than $300 in electricity over the 27 years of light remaining in its 50,000-hour life span.
Want more information or a side-by-side comparison of CFLs and LED bulbs? Check out Rob Yagid's What's the Difference?: Green lightbulbs.
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