LED bulbs now more efficient than florescent bulbsFor homes and businesses alike, one of the biggest contributors to high energy bills is lighting. Many of us are still using compact fluorescent bulbs, halogen incandescents, or in some rare cases, traditional incandescent bulbs.

After the federal government prohibited the manufacture of traditional incandescent bulbs in 2007, most consumers started turning toward compact fluorescent lights. These bulbs use less energy than incandescents and can usually start paying for themselves after 9 months of use. Still, the presence of mercury in compact fluorescent bulbs concerned some buyers, even though they were more energy efficient than the other options on the market.

Enter LED

LED lights came to market with promises of energy efficiency and a longer lifespan than other bulbs available for residential and commercial use. Detractors, however, noted that LED bulbs were still too expensive for most consumers to realize the benefits of these new light sources.

As the technological and industrial processes for making LED light bulbs improved, it became clear that not only would the prices come down, but that their performance would improve. Clean Technica reported that since 2012, LED light efficiency has climbed a staggering 50 percent.

Efficiency for light bulbs is typically measured in lumens per watt, or how much light the bulb gives per watt of electricity it uses. LED bulbs are now rated at roughly 100 lumens per watt, up from 60 lumens per watt in 2012. Best of all, that efficiency is coming at increasingly lower costs. As Clean Technica noted, the first LED bulbs available on the market for less than $10 hit the market last year.

Beating the competition

These gains in efficiency are impressive on their own, but what is especially notable is that this year, LED light bulbs can claim they are more energy efficient than compact fluorescent bulbs. The U.S. Department of Energy wrote that as prices come down and technology improves, LED bulbs will become a no-brainer for home and business owners who want to be more energy efficient.

LED bulbs last longer and are now the most efficient option on the market. In addition, anyone who installs LED lights as part of an overall push toward improving their property’s energy savings can qualify for rebates and incentives through the Energy Star program.

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