LED LightsLED lights can be a great way to illuminate big or small spaces in your home-whether it be indoors or outdoors. Many of these light bulbs can be used in a variety of light fixtures, and they have are very versatile, being that they can emit a white or colored light. A main concern is the wide spectrum of power these lights have. Some LED lights are low-powered, and only effective when it comes to illuminating very small spaces or a sign of some sort, whereas some others are high-powered, and are effective at illuminating a whole room. Either way, utilizing these bulbs in a variety of different living spaces, and for a variety of different purposes, energy costs will be dramatically decreased over time when compared to the energy output of its traditional lighting counterpart. Due to the differences in power of, pay close attention to the wattage when purchasing the bulbs- keeping in mind that a higher wattage number indicates more brightness output from the light bulb.

Another potential drawback of using LED light bulbs, is that compared to the traditional incandescent light bulb, these bulbs tend to be more effective at “directional lighting.” What I mean by this, is that these light bulbs are better at fixing the source of illumination in a set direction, whereas traditional incandescent bulbs have a broader range of illumination. However, this potential drawback is easily avoided by ensuring you have an LED light bulb friendly light fixture, and you purchase an LED light bulb that has a high range of illumination. A frequently misconceived notion about the use of LED light bulbs is that they begin to flicker, change color, and provide uneven lighting after a certain period of time. While this can be true, this is only commonly occurring in cheap products that do not have the “Energy Star” rating. In order for an appliance to have an “Energy Star” rating, they must prove that the issues of flickering, color change, and uneven lighting do not occur after an extended period of time.

There are additional minor drawbacks are dimmable. However, a broad majority of them are, so if dimmability is a concern for you, be sure to search for the proper bulb to complete this task. Several benefits exist in using LED light bulbs over the traditional incandescent bulbs.

The main advantage is the durability of these bulbs over traditional incandescent bulbs. LED light bulbs typically last between 20,000-25,000 hours, allowing for a maximum efficiency of use of the bulb. Although LED light bulbs are initially more expensive than the traditional CFL bulb, its costs will offset themselves in the long run, as LED light bulbs last longer, thus requiring less maintenance and changing of the bulb. Another beneficial aspect of LED light bulbs is their durability when it comes to weather. These lights are weather-friendly, and able to be used in a variety of different environments- in fact some LED light bulbs are manufactured for this purpose. Regardless of the cost or aesthetic, LED light bulbs can serve as an effective, environmentally-friendly alternative to the traditional bulb.