Over the last five or so years, the most accessible alternative has been compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). However, LED options are becoming more and more available. Currently, they are more expensive than CFLs, much like CFLs are more expensive than incandescent lighting. However, the cost savings in the long run (assuming they last as long as they purportedly are supposed to) more than makes up for the initial investment.
I'm sure a lot of you have eyeballed LED light bulbs at the store, but didn't want to spring for the $20 or so to pick up a light or two. I know I have. So, I jumped at the chance when the Home Depot offered to send me a selection of LED lights to try out and review. I also managed to convince them to help spread the love to some lucky readers.
Most of the Home Depot's LED options are still fairly limited and I'm hoping that a larger selection is on the way in the near future. Of the LED bulbs that I received, the most comparable one was the 40 watt LED standard sized light bulb. It seemed like it put out as much light, as advertised, but without the warm glow of an incandescent, so really not that much different than a CFL.
What the heck is an LED light?
What's the big difference? Longevity. An LED bulb will last years (15 years!), longer than any comparable CFL bulb and you don't have the issue of mercury disposal when you do need to replace them.
If you are not familiar with LED bulbs, here are a few stats from the Home Depot website.
- An LED is a light emitting diode capable of illuminating any space in your home.
- LEDs generate a high level of brightness using less power than incandescent bulbs.
- LEDs last up to 100,000 hours, 100 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
- Using LEDs can dramatically reduce maintenance and replacement costs.
- LEDs are reliable, safe and durable, solid state devices with no moving parts.
- LEDs do not contain glass, filaments, UV light, or mercury.
- Longer life makes LED light bulbs less likely to create environmental waste.
- The size and digital nature of the bulb offers innovative technology.
- LED lights have an instant re-strike and are fully dimmable with no humming or buzzing
In honor of turning our clocks back an hour this morning, I'm hosting an LED light bulb giveaway sponsored by Home Depot and their selection of LED light bulbs. I don't know about you but, where I live, Daylight Savings Time means that I have to turn the lights on about 4:00pm if I want to see my hand in front of my face. Using energy saving light bulbs saves me a ton of money.
Here's the meat of the giveaway:
Three (3) random winners will receive 1 EcoSmart LED A19 40 Watt Equivalent light bulb
One (1) grand prize winner will receive a $200 Home Depot gift card to re-fit their home with LED EcoSmart bulbs
How to enter
If you are interested in entering the random drawing, please add your name to the comments of this post and tell me what you think about your lighting. Do you love incandescents and refuse to give them up and hate CFLs or are you happy with the energy saving alternatives. You have until midnight PST this Friday, November 12th to enter. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.