Advantages of LED Electrical Fixtures in Riverside, CT 06878

Home Builder with Safe and Sound Electric LLC E1-125403

The technology of LED light fixtures is rapidly improving in the market.  After the ban of 100-watt incandescent bulbs, the growth of available replacements has ballooned.  75-watt incandescent bulbs are also on the way out, and 60-watt bulbs are next.  

 LED Fixture

When energy-saving light bulbs first came on the market, compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs were one of very few choices available.  A 13-watt CFL will provide about the same light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb, but it contains mercury.  The other problem is that I have yet to install a CFL that has a life expectancy anywhere close to what is advertised on the packaging.  


LED’s are very promising, and have many advantages over CFL’s and incandescent bulbs.  LED’s are great for shock resistance, and vibration.  Garage door openers and ceiling fans tend to wear out the filaments of incandescent bulbs quickly because of the vibration, but LED’s last much longer.  Another advantage is that LED fixtures can have directional light.  So, less light is wasted in areas that do not need illumination.  LED’s have no mercury and can be easily disposed of.  Many LED’s are dimmable, and provide exceptional energy savings.


One common misconception is that LED’s do not produce heat.  Any bulb that produces visible light looses energy to heat.  For an incandescent bulb, 2% of the energy gets emitted as light, and 98% of the energy gets lost to heat.  For an LED, 70% of the energy is light, and 30% of it is lost as heat.  So, LED’s are more energy efficient because less energy is lost as heat.  


The biggest advantage of LED’s is the life expectancy.  I bought an LED fixture last week near Riverside, CT, rated for 35,000 hours of use. At three hours a day, it is expected to last about 32 years before I have to change it.  After that time, the LED will still work, but the amount of light will have diminished by 30%, which is the minimal amount of light lost that a person can notice.  


Obviously, not all fixtures will live up to the expected lifespan.  The quality of the LED’s will affect the lifespan, as well as the quality of the drivers that convert the electricity.  Heat is another factor that will shorten the life of LED’s.  LED fixtures perform best in cold ambient temperatures.  So, in recessed lighting, or enclosed fixtures, they will not last as long.  For recessed lighting in Riverside, CT, I recommend a retrofit kit, as opposed to just replacing the incandescent bulb with an LED bulb.


LED technology is rapidly changing and new products are constantly being introduced.  In the near future, costs will continue to drop, and the options available will increase.  Make sure to speak to a licensed electrician to find out what type of LED lighting will work in your application.



Comments (6)

Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area


Great post! Thanks for the CFL vs LED explanation. I personally like the LED bulbs even though they come at a higher cost. The fact that I don't have to change the bulb as often and they're more energy efficient makes it worth it.

Feb 03, 2014 03:23 AM
John Owen
RE/MAX Impact Realty, Brokerage - Courtice, ON
Broker serving Durham Region, Ontario

Hi John - have to agree that CFLs don't last nearly as long as they should.  I have a growing number of LED lights, and haven't had any fail yet.

Feb 03, 2014 04:04 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

John - you are right about the CFL's.  Mine don't last long and they take awhile before fully illuminated.  I love the LED's.  I put them in the high hats in the bathroom and there is noticeably better bright white light. 

Feb 03, 2014 04:58 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We just replaced the under counter fluorescent fixtures with the mini LED's. So cool and variations on what can be done with the lighting as well.

Feb 04, 2014 10:28 AM
ReadySetLoan Team
ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC - South Windsor, CT
Residential, Commercial & Condo Financing Experts

Great article John...I love numbers!  I will never use CFLs despite their energy saving capability; they are simply an environmental hazard.  My issue with LEDs is that the light produced isn't constant as with incandescent bulbs despite the lost energy.  It angers me that the government is controlling what light bulbs we can use.  Can you say "Nanny State"? 

Mar 29, 2014 12:44 AM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

John Anello

Took me forever to get out of the stone age. Tech wise I am there. My house electric. I m bad news

Oct 25, 2014 04:59 AM