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We all want to save money, especially in this economy. Over the last few years we have all learned a few tricks to saving money, but have you ever considered switching your light bulbs? For years all light bulbs were incandescent, and you simply picked the wattage you needed based on how bright you wanted the light to be. In recent years technology has improved on this ubiquitous part of our lives. LEDs, which stands for Light Emitting Diodes, are not only a more energy efficient they also last years longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs.

When LEDs first hit the market a few years ago the price tag proved to be a huge barrier to widespread adoption with a single bulb costing over $100. Now you can pick up LED light bulbs for significantly less, with the average bulb costing about $10. When you factor in the average lifespan of an LED light bulb, which consumer reports find last between 20,000 and 50,000 hours, the investment is worth it. Traditional incandescents, on the other hand, only have about one fifth the lifespan of an LED bulb. LEDs also use significantly less energy than incandescent bulbs, helping your reduce your power bill and shrinking your carbon footprint.

Here is a breakdown of how much an LED bulb vs and incandescent bulb would cost to purchase and operate over a 25,000 hour lifespan (about 23 years at 3 hours per day)




Approximate cost per bulb



Average lifespan

1200 hours

25,000 hours

Watts used for comparable brightness



Total purchase price of 23 years worth of bulbs



Total cost of electricity used (25,000 hours at $0.12 per kWh)



Total operating cost over 23 years




As you can see switching to LED bulbs can result in significant savings, and the chart above only illustrates the costs of one light bulb. Considering how many light bulbs it takes to light your house, or your office, or your entire office building that represents significant savings. Even if you just switch 5 of your light bulbs you could save as much as $44 per year. If you switch out 20 bulbs the savings jumps to $3260 over 23 years. Savings like that sounds like a bright idea.

For more information about the benefits of LED light bulbs contact Fluorescent Man Lighting today at 403.863.8529 and visit

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