Have you ever wondered what the difference between LED and incandescent lighting was? Or, wondered what “LED” even stands for? Well then, read on! Incandescent bulbs produce light by heating up wire filaments to a temperature hot enough to emit light. Though they render color well, they are not energy efficient. In fact, they are the least energy efficient bulb on the planet. Additionally, incandescent bulbs also have the worst lifespan on the planet. LED stands for “light emitting diodes”. What are diodes? A diode is a component in which electricity flows through to two electrodes. As electricity flows through the semi conductible material, it causes visible light to shine. If you are familiar with photovoltaic cells, LEDs are basically the opposite technology. Although incandescent bulbs can be purchased cheaply, that does not mean they are saving you money. In fact, it is estimated that many new LEDs can last 50,000 - 100,000 hours, compared to the approximate 1,200 hour lifespan of the incandescent bulb! A longer lasting bulb means less time, manpower, and maintenance replacing burned out bulbs. Energy.gov predicts that by 2027, at today’s energy costs, LED bulbs will save over $30 billion in the US alone! Because LED lights are so energy efficient, they save you in utility costs. In fact, many utility companies offer you rebates to install LED lighting (Priority Lighting can help you apply for available rebates in your area). Not only do they consume less electricity when in use, you can also save money and energy on air conditioning costs because LEDs do not increase the temperature in the places where they are installed as opposed to incandescent bulbs, which produce a substantial amount of heat when in use. LED bulbs can be directional, dimmed, smaller, and do not need to “warm up” when switched on. LEDs are a win-win for the environment and your bottom line! Make sure to purchase Energy Star rated bulbs, or call us to place your order! Priority Lighting- for all your lighting needs! 800-709-1119