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LED Lightbulbs… Way of the future?

Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs – Seems like they are being phased out already. Sure, the energy savings is great with these bulbs but there is a major problem with them. They contain Mercury. Mercury is poison. Yup, throw some poison in every lightbulb used across the world and we’ll run into issues. Maybe not in the use of the bulbs but in the disposal.

Yesterday I just bought another pack of 6 Phillips CFL bulbs because we had run out. I noticed on the box that they have a 7 year warranty. Hmm, OK. 7 Years and I’m replacing a bulb already? Seems I’ve replaced many of these already. Not all Phillips brand but Ikea ones as well. I can’t find any information whatsoever on how to redeem a warranty and really, I’m not totally concerned but I feel that people should know that they aren’t as long lasting as people say they are.

So I decided to look into LED light bulbs and they are coming into budget quite quickly. Prices vary from $15- $40 depending on application. There is a site I found that had this factoid on it:

If every U.S. household replaced just one standard 60 watt bulb with a CC Vivid LED bulb, we could save 24,184,400,000 watts or 24,184.4 mega (million) watts per day.

National savings information based on 103,000,000 households with an average use of 4 hrs per day per house. Based on gross watts.

If each U.S. household replaced just one standard 60 watt bulb with a CC Vivid LED Light bulb, the energy savings would be greater than the amount of energy produced by one of the largest power plants in the U.S. Link to site…

Now, with the recent US election there has been talks about energy creation. If you look at this fact, the US government should look at replacing EVERY incandescent light bulb in the country with LED bulbs. Hmm, energy wouldn’t be an issue for a very long time after that.