Using LED lighting in your home or business can save you both time and money, especially if the price of light bulbs go up as they have been for the past few years. While LED lights use far less energy than either CFL or incandescent bulbs, there are other benefits most people do not think about.



The average life of an incandescent bulb is about four months, while a CFL bulb should last you almost a year and a half. A daily-used LED light bulb can last more than seven years before needing to be replaced. While LED light bulbs do cost around three times as much as a CFL bulb, you will be replacing them far less frequently. This can be especially helpful if you need to place lights in hard to reach places.



The ambient heat from incandescent light bulbs can noticeably raise the temperature in a small room, which may not be an issue in the winter, but can lead to higher power bills during the rest of the year. LED lights give off almost no ambient heat, instead converting almost all of the power to light. Hotter lights are also more liable to break faster, which can lead to you needing to replace them more frequently.



On average, LED lights use about six times less energy to produce the same amount of light that a 60W incandescent bulb uses and about 30% less energy than a CFL bulb. Over the lifespan of an LED bulb, home and business owners can end up saving thousands of dollars on power bills if they convert their entire structure’s lighting setup to run only LED lights.