LED Pros and Cons

The Pros….

  • Long-lastingOpen or Close
    LEDs typically last over 60,000 hours. (An incandescent light bulb typically lasts 1,000 hours.) A long life equals savings on future maintenance and cost.

  • Low TemperatureOpen or Close
     LEDs have 90% energy efficiency, so only 10% is wasted on emitting heat. (An Incandescent bulb wastes 90% of it’s energy on emitting heat and CFLs waste 80%.) Less heat means the bulb safer, as it’s cool to the touch.
  • EfficientOpen or Close
     One LED light bulb produces the same wattage as 60 incandescent bulbs.2 Better efficiency equals better savings on your electric bill. 
  • DurableOpen or Close
    LEDs do not have glass components, nor is there any filament, so the bulb cannot be damaged via vibration. 
  • Eco-friendlyOpen or Close
    Because they last longer, there are less CO2 emissions. They normally don’t contain any toxic materials, like the mercury vapor in fluorescent lamps.3 Also, About 95% of all LED lamps are able to be recycled. 

The Cons….

  • PriceOpen or Close
    The initial cost per bulb is a bit higher than incandescent and fluorescent lamps, however, over time, LED’s pay for themselves through energy savings and an incredibly long lifespan. 
  • ColorOpen or Close
    Most white LED bulbs emit a blue-tinted light rather than the warmer glow associated with incandescent bulbs. Bulbs from various manufacturers may appear noticeably different in terms of white light hue, so consulting a lighting professional who specializes in color temperatures is recommended. 
  • SensitivityOpen or Close
    LEDs may fail prematurely in high temperature conditions.