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Quicker than a ray of light: The 411 on LED lights

LED-lightsIt was once that the only time you saw LED lights was in a Star Wars movie, the weapon of choice for George Lucas’ Jedi Knights. For a long time, that’s all LED lights were: an overpriced novelty, and for that very reason, the use of LED lights in lamps and light fittings in the home have been slow to take off.

Because of their electronics and heat management features (LEDs aren’t hot-to-touch like other globes), LED light globes are more expensive than your
traditional incandescent globes. Even though an LED light globe is likely to last about 25 times as long as other globes, it’s not uncommon to hear “$30 for a light globe?” in the lighting aisle of your local hardware store.

But here’s the thing about LED globes: unlike incandescent globes that only convert 5-10 percent of electricity into light, LEDs convert about 60 percent of their electricity into light, which means you’re burning less electricity (and less money, too), so your carbon footprint is guaranteed to drop a few shoe-sizes.

Still not convinced? Here are three reasons why you need LED in your life:

1. The average LED light globe lasts for about 25,000 hours, which is the equivalent to turning your lights on and running them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for the next three years.

2. LEDs are dimmable, so you can use them in unlikely spaces to provide ambiance, or to simply lighten dark places—like under kitchen cupboards, shelving units, or along stair treads.

3. LEDs come in a range of colours (including lightsaber green, if that’s what does it for you), so they’re party-ready all the time. Best of all, they come with a remote control—no more getting up off the couch to control the lights on lazy evenings!

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