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LED, the Future of Light Bulbs + Win a $50 The Home Depot GC!

by Tara Kuczykowski on January 12, 2011 · 388 comments


I'm sure you've all heard that one of the ways you can reduce your energy bill is by replacing your incandescent light bulbs with CFL bulbs, but if you're like me, you're probably also worried about the possible risks associated with doing so. CFL bulbs contain mercury, a neurotoxin that can cause kidney and brain damage, turning a minor mess of broken glass into a HazMat situation.

Because of this, we've been very hesitant to use CFL bulbs in our household, so I was very intrigued when The Home Depot contacted me about their new line of LED light bulbs. LED bulbs actually supply just as much light as traditional incandescent bulbs but use far less electricity -- a whopping 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and up to 50 percent less energy than CFL bulbs.

I was also amazed to learn that LED bulbs an extremely long life expectancy that, 100 times longer than incandescent bulbs! Each bulb can last up to 100,000 hours or 11.42 years! I know we have several fixtures that are a real hassle to change, so my husband would be thrilled if he only had to do so every ten years or so.

More interesting LED facts:

  • Replacing incandescent bulbs with energy-saving lighting options, such as LED lights, is a simple way to reduce your energy bills.
  • Replacing standard light bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs will bring you immediate savings on your electricity bill.
  • In fact, innovative LED technology uses up to 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, without sacrificing lighting quality.
  • LED bulbs supply just as much light as your old bulbs but use far less electricity. In fact, the innovative technology uses up to 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, and up to 50 percent less energy than CFL bulbs.
  • LED bulbs also have an exceptionally long life expectancy that is 100 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Each bulb can last up to 100,000 hours, or 11.42 years.

Sounds great, huh? So you're probably wondering what's the catch. The bad news is this great new technology comes with a price tag that's significantly higher than we're used to paying for incandescent bulbs. Expect to pay about $17.97 for an LED bulb that's a 40W equivalent.

However, the good news is that the price is rapidly coming down. In fact, just two years ago, a 60-watt equivalent cost $90 and a 100-watt dimmable bulb went for $360. Wow!

New legislation is requiring that most incandescent bulb production be discontinued by 2014, so it's definitely important to start looking at other options. While the initial investment may seem steep, it's important to consider the savings in energy coupled with the longevity of LED bulbs.

Next week I'll take you shopping with me at my local Home Depot to purchase LED lighting for several fixtures in our house. But in the meantime, you can win a $50 gift card to The Home Depot!

To enter: Just check out the LED lighting page on HomeDepot.com and tell me one cool fact you learned about LED bulbs. Would you purchase LED light bulbs? Have you already started using LED light bulbs in your household?

This giveaway will close at 2:00pm EST on 1/13/11.

The Home Depot works with bloggers such as myself to conduct product reviews. They do not tell bloggers what to say about their products or how to say it. THD fundamentally believes that people should be free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot often provides product – free of charge – to bloggers for review as they did for this post. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

{ 388 comments }

1 Shawnna householder January 13, 2011 at 10:37 am

I learned that the don't give off heat. Also they do not contain mercury which makes me feel safer. We currently have a mix of incandescent and cfls

2 Carrie Conley January 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

Not only are they long lasting....they are ecosmart also....No....I dont use them yet...but I would purchase them....

3 Wendy January 13, 2011 at 11:19 am

I really had no idea about LED light bulbs & fascinated that they are 100 times longer than incandescent bulbs & that they use up to 85 percent less energy . I switched to LED Christmas lights this year & absolutely loved the colors & the fact they never even got warm.

4 Lauren January 13, 2011 at 11:24 am

LED Bulbs use 85% less energy and last up to 20 years longer than incandescent bulbs

5 Amanda January 13, 2011 at 11:24 am

They last 20 years longer? That's amazing! I hadn't even thought about switching, but maybe I should.

6 Becky Baird January 13, 2011 at 11:25 am

We want to get some but they are expensive. I love that they don't contain any mercury. Which I hate those bulbs for having, especially in a house with kids. I feel like I need a bio-hazard suit to clean it up! I also like that LED bulbs are 10% more effective than flourescent bulbs.

7 Stacey K January 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

I like that they don't they don't contain mercury and other toxic materials.

8 sheri January 13, 2011 at 11:40 am

I did not know that they didn't contain mercury! That is great!

9 Joanna January 13, 2011 at 11:40 am

LEDs are the future of lighting. I hope I win!

10 Melissa January 13, 2011 at 11:44 am

We only have CFL lightbulbs in our house right now, but when those go out we will probably look into LED ones. I like that they have an instant light, whereas with CFL they take a while to reach full brightness.

11 Tina January 13, 2011 at 11:48 am

No filament to burn out, it emits light from a chip!!

12 DJ January 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

They produce minimal heat, which would be great as I have several bulbs in my kitchen!

13 Dinah January 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I like the fact they last so long. It seems like I am replacing lightbulbs all the time.

14 WendyW January 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I did not know that the life expectancy was up to 20 years longer! I use them where I can and love them.

15 Lavonne Hubbard January 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

You could install an LED bulb in your newborn's baby room today and not have to change it until your child went off to college. No I don't have LED's yet but plan too.

16 Paula January 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Our electric co-op gives out the CFLs as prizes and incentives to attend meetings, vote in elections ect so are slowly switching over. LED sounds great but initial cost is hard to get past. Guess I need to do a little research myself.

17 Lori Z. January 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I didn't realize that LED bulbs don't contain mercury.

18 Tammy L January 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I love that they last up to 20 years longer then incandescent bulbs!!

19 Lisa January 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm

No mercury- Yeah

20 Ruth Ann January 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I learned that LEDs can last up to 20 years longer than incandescants. 20 years is a long time.
I have not started using LEDs yet. But there are a lot of things I like about them and will consider them when my compact flourescents start dying.
Thanks for the chance to win!

21 Jen Fitzpatrick January 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I didn't realize that they last a whole lot longer!

22 Randy January 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I jumped on the CFL bandwagon very early! Now that these use 10% less power, I will replace my CFL's, since these last so much longer. I have had the flashlights for a couple years and really like them.

23 Marge Reeves January 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I recently had my home weatherized, and the company went through and changed out all my bulbs to LED bulbs, except for my 4 down lights and dining room chandelier. So I was surprised and glad to learn that they actually are making LED down light bulbs. As I run out of the regular DL bulbs I will be replacing them with LED's. And yes, they fo make a difference in your lighting bill!

24 kristin morales January 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

that incandescent bulbs will be outlawed by 2014...is amazing to me and the fact that they have only been on the market less than 50 years and already making a huge impact.

25 Susan January 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Never realized the life of the bulbs was so much longer. We haven't tried these yet.

26 Tracy Glasser January 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I love that's there's no mercury to worry about. And LED's use 85% less energy! Awesome!!!

27 Kerry January 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I learned that LED bulbs use 85% less energy and last up to 20 years longer than incandescent bulbs. Wow. I need to get some of those!!

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28 Danelle January 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I didn't know that there is no filament to burn out so you don't have extras on hand for emergencies.

29 Kristin Bray January 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm

That A LED bulb can last for over a decade with out having to replace! And they do not contain contain mercury and other toxic material! My husband has been using led lights for a while at his job he is a mechanic and all him and his Buddy's swear by them they want every tool that offers a light to come in led! I would love to win this so update the lighting in my house to led! Hope i win!

30 Brittany Vaught January 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I thought they contained mercury, but they don't! Awesome!

31 Jennifer H January 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm

They can last 20 years!!

32 dawn January 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm

So glad to learn more about these - the duration of 100 times longer than normal bulbs is fabulous! I'll spend the extra money!

33 Sue January 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm

The savings over time....well worth it, and so much safer! Would love to get rid of the CFL's.

34 Aubrey January 14, 2011 at 12:53 am

They produce less heat!
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