A lot has changed in the past few years regarding light bulbs. We went from regular incandescent to fluorescent to LED. While I love incandescent, I don’t love their energy consumption. I can sort of get into fluorescent, but I think LED is the way to go, especially with how the prices have recently fallen.
I can remember not too long ago when a single LED light bulb cost over $20. I’m being conservative here because I don’t remember the actual price. I want to say they cost even more, but I won’t. I can also remember not too long ago when these same bulbs emitted really ugly light and had very large heat sinks attached to their bottom areas. Apparently, the earlier models left something to be desired regarding their light output and also got quite hot. Not something I’d like to use in one of my lamps, that’s for sure.
I haven’t looked for these types of bulbs since the last time I read up on them because of these conditions. It wasn’t until recently, after Laura and I discovered we needed to restock, that I found LEDs had come a long way.
As I was doing my searching, I discovered that the light temperature issue had been resolved. Nowadays, LED bulbs offer predictable light color as opposed to pure white or some other weird looking alternative. They are right on par with their fluorescent brothers and sisters.
I also found that the heat issue had been resolved as well. No longer are the bulbs outfitted with large metal heat dissipators directly next to their threads. The most recent iteration of LED bulbs look pretty much like incandescents. Here, take a look. This is a TaoTronics LED bulb.
Looks pretty good, doesn’t it? It’s almost the same size as a regular 60 watt bulb that’s been around forever.
As I was browsing around, looking for light bulbs, I had to ask myself why I wanted to move away from the fluorescent versions. I’ll tell you, I was never thrilled with them. It seemed as though, even though their life spans were promised to be long and enduring, they went dead pretty fast. Also, their performance was spotty and they flickered here and there. Finally, their construction seemed weak. Just yesterday, I had to throw one in the garbage because the glass became unattached from the plastic base, which concerned me because I’ve seen these things get hot and glow fiercely until they just burned out. Then there’s the whole mercury things that’s killing us all. I just didn’t want to deal with them anymore.
I kind of dig the LED bulbs. They’re tight, they look good and they give off nice bright, warm light. I bought a 6-pack for $17.99, which I thought wasn’t too bad. There are better deals out there for larger quantities, but I wanted to give this type of bulb a try before I got any more.
The 60-watt equivalent alleges to use only 9 watts of power. Also, it’s said that they’ll last for 25,000 hours. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen. I hope it’s true because I just spent almost $3 per bulb. I don’t like throwing money away, so we’ll have to wait to see if their estimate is accurate.
Have you switched over to LED light bulbs for your house yet? If so, what are your thoughts?