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LED vs Incandescent

A seemingly inexpensive incandescent lamp for a mere 70 cents ends up costing more than the ridiculously priced $82 LED light of similar lumens output.

The price of a standard LED fixture may drive a lot of people away in an instant. Thus, overlooking the potential of quick return on investment that can be gained. Plus, this thing looks too darn futuristicly cool to pass up – very scifi ish.

In case you are wondering what does it take to manufacture one of these LED bulb – Not much. A study done by OSRAM concludes that only 2% of the energy required to light up the LED from start to finish, actually went into production.

So, to produce one 12W LED with 50,000hr rated life, the manufacture would spend only 12 kwh in terms of energy required giving birth to this baby. To give a comparison; my last month electric usage was 600 kwh.

Update: Just bought this from amazon!

  1. otitismediamc
    February 21, 2010 at 7:44 am

    It is frequency and length of use (and risk of premature failure) which determines if the a LED lamp bought will turn out to be saving anything. The lighting manufacturers’ “sample calculations” typically assume that the $81.30 which the expensive light costs more than the first incandescent is somehow donated to you without yearly interest. Don’t believe them without doing the calculations for yourself!

    • February 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm

      Actually, it was my own calculation, in it, usage schedule was noted as 12hr per day for the life of the LED bulb. Excluding premature failure, the LED beats incandescent by miles… of course you can always return the LED and claim the warranty if it doesn’t perform as promised 🙂

  2. Large Plastic Storage Boxes
    March 26, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Can you provide more information on this? take care

    • March 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm

      What in particular?…

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