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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 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.


1 Kristina January 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Learned they are also in flood light sizes... our old mercury vapor, buzzing, temper tanturm throwing, old guy just gasped his last breath... would be wonderful to be able to replace with an LED flood light. :)

2 Erica January 12, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Love the fact that the LED lightbulbs last up to 100,000 hours which is 100 times longer than the incandescent bulbs.

3 Darlene Arnold January 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Was suprised to learn that they do not contain mercury and other toxic material. Am not using LED's yet, but would love to try them. Just gonna have to get a little cheaper first.

4 carol January 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I learned that LED bulbs are more efficient than CFL bulbs and they look cool

5 kat amber January 12, 2011 at 9:01 pm

i wasnt aware that they were making normal lightbulbs using LED technology and that they are more effecient and safer than CFL's.

6 Kristy OT January 12, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I learned that "Coal-fired power generation accounts for roughly 40 percent of the mercury emissions in the U.S." I definitely want to start using them, but they're a bit outside of our budget right now.

7 Christine January 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm

They are over 10% more efficient than compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s).

8 Larena January 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Most Christmas tree lights are now LED but I didn't realize they could last up to 20yrs.

9 Amanda Y. January 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I will be starting now! We have some CFLs but I do worry about the health effects, but I had no idea that LEDs were semi-affordable! I learned they last soo much longer!

10 Christy January 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I have several LED lights around my house. Every time a light bulb burns out, it gets replaced with an LED. I learned that the three things affecting junction temperature are: drive current, thermal path, and ambient temperature.

11 Lindsay January 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm

LEDs last up to 20 years longer?! Wow!

12 Daniel January 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I have just recently started buying LED light bulbs because they last so long. I'm glad to find out that they will continue to get cheaper & love the fact that they do not contain mercury.

13 Emily January 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I found out that they make dimmable LED light bulbs. I always thought they were just bright as can be all the time. We don't use any yet, and I'm just now learning that there is an alternative to the CFLs for saving energy. I think it's great!

14 Laura Hogan January 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm

How cool to have a lightbulb that lasts 20 years. It's also great they have full spectrum lights. THinkwe will start switching ours over gradually.

15 jen January 12, 2011 at 9:19 pm

They are non-toxic!!!

16 Sarah M. January 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm

It's crazy that LED bulbs last 20 years longer than regular bulbs. That's insane! I had no idea.

17 Angied January 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm

They last 20 years longer

18 kk January 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm

LED's last 20 (!) years longer than incandescent bulbs. I have not tried LED's yet, but I will definitely buy some next time my bulbs need replacing. Thanks!

19 Megan January 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I was surprised that LED bulbs have such a long life expectancy - 100 times longer than incandescent bulbs - up to100,000 hours or 11.42 years. WOW!

20 Alicia C. January 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm

What really stood out to me on the page was this sentence: "Just imagine, you could install an LED bulb in your newborn’s room today, and probably not have to replace that bulb until your child is off to college." Can you say, "AMAZING"?!
We switched to CFL a couple of years ago and love them except the mercury thing. My husband, who's very clumsy, has already broken FOUR of them and had me freaking out about cleaning it up correctly each time. I'd love to use the LEDs instead.
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21 autumn mckenzie January 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm

they use 85% less energy than normal bulbs!

22 Sheryl January 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I like the fact that they give off minimal heat. That is always a plus with touch lamps and 3 young kids running around! I would like to try these, but probably will wait a while for the price to drop.

23 Robin L January 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm

LED lights last up to 100,000 hours

24 Ron Miller January 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm

10% more efficient & no toxins

25 carla January 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Who could have imagined that if you installed one in the nursery it would last until your kid went off to college!?! That's pretty cool!

26 Michelle Browett January 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I was shocked at how long they last and that pleasantly surprised that they don't contain mercury. We have mostly CFLs in the house but have switched to mostly LEDs for the outdoor Christmas lights. I'd love to rid our house of mercury! I didn't even know indoor LEDs were available. I'd definitely buy them!

27 Virginia January 12, 2011 at 9:46 pm

That they are more efficient and last a lot longer, 20 years or longer.

28 Jennifer S January 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I had no idea that CFL's contained terrible chemicals but that led's do not. Very interesting

29 Low January 12, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I didn't realize they can last THAT long- up to 25 yrs! I'll definitely buy them when the price comes down some.

30 Amanda January 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I learned that they are over 10% more efficient than compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s) which I love since there's no mercury. I can't wait until they come down in price more.

31 Mindy Ranck January 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I like the fact that they last a lot longer than the Cfl bulbs.

32 Patti January 12, 2011 at 9:56 pm

LED lightbulbs are energy effecient and uses 85% less energy

33 Eva T January 12, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I did not know that LED lights can last up to 20 years. I think we would start using these if the prices were lower. We haven't started using these yet.

34 Marie January 12, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I didn't know that LED bulbs do not contain mercury and other toxic material. Yes, I would definitely purchase, after learning this and the other great benefits, however I haven't purchased for my home yet.

35 Kathy January 12, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Already have switched to some bulbs to try

36 HARRY LAM January 12, 2011 at 10:23 pm

LED is long life and less energy use

37 Lina January 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I learned that LED's release energy in the form of photons. I don't have any LED's but I'd be interested in trying them for the ceiling lights.

38 Jennifer January 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I didn't realize that there was an even better option than CFL bulbs.

39 Alice January 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I have been gradually replacing the bulbs in my house with led lights. Have been doing so for about 1 year now. I learned they last soo much longer! I can tell a difference in my electric bill since we have replaced the majority of them and also replacing the outdoor ones also. I love my LED lights!! I love the fact that they use 85% less energy and are much cooler to touch. Plus you do not have to worry about them burning out for a long long time!!

40 Erin Ringwald January 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Love the idea of a bulb lasting 18 years! Fun fact and great way to save money. Don't have LEDs now, but have thought about it.

41 Amber January 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I will definitely use LED bulbs as soon as the price drops (or I can get a great deal on them!). I love that they use less energy, last longer, and have no mercury. Wow!

42 amanda January 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I learned they last a lot longer and are more efficient.

43 Sharon G. January 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Wow, the last 20 years or longer. Had no idea they lasted THAT long. I would buy them but not until the price came down. They are not in my budget for now or immediate future

44 suzie January 12, 2011 at 10:37 pm

If I put one in my child's room, I wouldn't have to replace any more bulbs until they reached college.
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45 Sadie January 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm

LED lightbulbs last up to 100,000 hours

46 Angela January 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Learned that they last a LONG time and have no harmful materials in them! I'm totally interested in starting to use them!

47 Gail January 12, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I know Christmas is over, but I did find this out..."Not only are LED holiday lights 10 times brighter than regular lights they are also energy efficient using 90% less energy. Unlike regular Christmas lights which burn out easily or malfunction when one bulb is out, these LED lights will last more than 50,000 hours and will not be affected by any one malfunctioned bulb. More importantly LED Lights are cool to the touch and are safer. The smarter, safer and more energy efficient Christmas Light choice is clearly LED Lights."

48 Ruth January 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm

LED bulbs last 20 years longer than regular bulbs.

49 Joanna @ FeedingThePrices January 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I read that you could install an LED bulb in your newborn’s room today, and probably not have to replace that bulb until your child is off to college- that's crazy! We have a few in our house, but I know I need to change them all out.

50 Mariag January 12, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I read the article to my DH, amazing! Now if they could be cheaper! We do not like CFL because of the chemicals, so the led's ones with no mercury are very good news. This is a great giveway!

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