How many people does it take to change a light bulb?...

By now, most of us have probably replaced most of our old fashioned incandescent light bulbs with new fashioned "eco" fluorescent bulbs. Not sure if you've noticed, but I have found that these newer, energy-efficient bulbs last much longer. Now, the newest light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is the latest trend on the scene. It started being used in commercial and industrial applications, but now, LED lighting is gaining ground at home - and I've been told that there are many good reasons for that.

Energy Savings:


LED bulbs work in a unique way. Instead of emitting light and heat in all directions--which is wasteful--an LED light moves electrons through a semiconductor material, creating light that shines in a specific direction. Thus, LED bulbs create bright light while generating very little heat. Although I hate the price tag compared to the older bulbs they replace, high power LED bulbs are more than twice as efficient and I've been told that they can last as long as 20 years. 

Good Looking:


LED bulbs are now available in warmer tones that are easier on the eyes (and more flattering). Like old fashioned bulbs, there are LEDs made to fit standard light fixtures, recessed lighting fixtures, candelabra bases, dimmable fixtures, and even some landscape lighting. LED floodlights and spotlights are becoming more popular, particularly because they need replacement so infrequently.

Earth Friendly: 

Other advantages of LEDs are that they contain no mercury or other toxic materials, are very unlikely to break if dropped, and reach full brightness as soon as they are switched on. Look for Energy Star rated LED bulbs, which have been tested to meet EPA standards of color quality and consistency, energy efficiency, and stable performance--Cheap versions can perform poorly. 

By replacing the bulbs in the most-used and hard-to-reach fixtures, you can start saving energy--and money--right now. So how many people does it take to change a light bulb? Well, if it's like the toilet roll at my house, it still takes ONE MOM to change a light bulb.