• September



Like most college students, after exams were finally done I now had to take what I had learned from school and with any luck find a job in my choice of study. This is where I stumbled upon a company called Lightenco. Through Lightenco I quickly realized the saving effect of switching to LED light bulbs throughout your business or to your home. Now knowing the full impact of how LED lights compare to your common incandescent and CFL lights let me show you the differences.

So, wanting to replace the lights in your home or your business and the first thing on your agenda is to take a stroll to your nearest department store to find the cheapest replacement. At the department store swamped with the overload of lights the decision just became a lot harder than you originally thought. So, what does this have to do with LED lights? The simple answer: the switch to LED lights saves time, saves energy and saves you money!

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The common conception is to buy cheaper because you think that there really is no difference between the lights. Plus, buying lights should be like buying a car. Yes, bear with me it’s like buying a car! It’s an investment game of how long will this car last and how good this car actually is. What I am trying to say is that the overall costs really comes down to the life span and quality of the lights your about to buy. When comparing the life span the difference between CFL and LED is that 1 LED bulb life span can be equal to 3 CFL bulbs over a period of 20 years. What this means is that the hours of an LED light are 2.5 times better than CFL and 25 times better than incandescent!

You may also think to yourself that CFL and LED’s are similar that if you went with CFL you may not get an overall cheaper option but it’s a reasonable choice. Well you’re not wrong this is true but to a certain point. CFL lights do have good energy savings and cut down costs but there are some issues you’d definitely should consider. The CFL lights aren’t dimmable or ROHS (restriction of hazardous substance) certified and have trouble outside where either it’s too dim or have trouble starting up. CFL lights also must be recycled properly. I don’t want to be a pushy green thumb enthusiast but reality is that the CFL lights have mercury inside them. What this means is that if this bulb were to break up to three milligrams of mercury vapour would be released, which if you didn’t know – is bad. And according to stats Canada only 1/3 of the population are actually recycling CFL lights properly. What I am getting at is the alternative to this is LED lights. 

Well there you have it my spiel about criticizing every light except LED. Though can you blame me? It’s really hard not to stand for an environmentally friendly light that saves you money, energy and time.