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The Light that Never Goes Out: Longest Lasting Light Bulbs

Apr 11, 2014 | by Wendy Weinert

In 2007, a ban was passed on incandescent light bulbs, as this type of lighting wastes approximately 70% of the energy it uses. This has led to the creation of new, energy-efficient light bulbs that last longer than their incandescent predecessors do. The most popular light bulbs replacing incandescent are light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Each of these light bulb types far surpass traditional light bulbs in life expectancy, energy-efficiency and, in the end, cost-effectiveness. As an incandescent bulb has a life span of approximately 1,000 hours, becomes extremely hot as it burns, and wastes the energy it produces, longer-lasting, more energy-efficient bulbs are beneficial to the environment.

A traditional incandescent light bulb ranges between 40 watts and 150 watts. Part of the ban includes phasing out inefficient light bulbs and creating newer, longer-lasting and energy-efficient compliance models. This is accomplished by ceasing the production and importation of light bulbs with a specified wattage. While many incandescent are phased out, inventors have ample room to create new incandescent bulbs that meet industry standards. At this point, however, the focus has been placed on LEDs and CFLs, as these light bulbs are showing outstanding performance benefits and have essentially revolutionized the lighting industry. An LED light bulb ranges between 4 watts and 22 watts and has an average life span of 20,000 hours. That is a phenomenal advantage over traditional bulbs. CFLs range between 9 watts and 52 watts and have an average life span of 10,000 hours. Halogens are the least impressive of the newer models, as they have a life span of 1,000 hours and range between 29 watts and 72 watts. Halogen light bulbs are similar to traditional incandescent light bulbs, but they use a miniscule amount of halogen gas to recycle wasted energy within the light bulb, thus making them more efficient. When it comes to choosing longer-lasting light bulbs, LEDs and CFLs are top choices.

Creating longer-lasting light bulbs has been the result of more than 100 years of technological advancements and developments. Some LED light bulbs last up to 20 years and come with warranties to ensure their longevity. As more technological breakthroughs are discovered, it is to be expected that more advanced light bulbs will be added to the market. The current selection, however, ensures that everyone can make the switch to energy-efficient light bulbs easily.

You may learn more about longer-lasting light bulbs in the links below.

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