First we should clear the air. We are big fans of LED lighting. That’s a crazy thing for a retailer to say because once our customers have an LED light bulb in their favorite reading lamp they won’t need another for a very, very, very long time. Maybe never. But we love LED bulbs and think they will change everything.

The big news is that the US Department of Energy says they have reduced demand for electricity already and as more cities are installing them in streetlights that demand continues to fall. Statistically we will reduce current demand for electricity by 1/3 sometime in the 2020’s simply by switching out light bulbs.

The science is pretty simple. LED does not produce heat. Incandescent bulbs use 90% of their power in heat output. Enough said there. And we haven’t mentioned that LED’s do not contain toxic materials like those in compact fluorescent bulbs. We take in CFL’s for recycling from everyone, even bulbs we didn’t sell. Why? Because no one wants mercury in our water supply. But no matter how long we beat the drum on that one, we’re pretty sure some CFL’s find their way into our landfills. Then, there’s the issue with halogen. They get hot. LED bulbs have a lower fire risk. New LED retrofit solutions are becoming available constantly. Most types of bulbs are available now. We don’t have what you need? We will VERY SOON.

If you need more on LED here it is. Good LED bulbs are dimmable, more durable, efficient and versatile for many different lighting needs. LED’s will not break under normal use. The life span of an LED light can be over 60,000 hours, compared to 1,000 hours for a similar incandescent light bulb. One LED light bulb produces the same light output over its lifetime as 60 incandescent bulbs. Yet the price of one LED light bulb is less than 10% of 60 incandescent light bulbs and falling fast. And, LEDs have the same standard screw-in base design to enable use in standard light fixtures.

Like most household products there are different quality levels in LED bulbs. LED’s with a poor design may begin shimmering, flickering, changing color, becoming dim and providing uneven light over time. And there can be a compatibility issue between LED bulbs and dimmers, but you can avoid these issues by always choosing LED’s with an Energy Star rating from a knowledgeable lighting consultant. It’s just a better bulb. To achieve an Energy Star rating, LED’s must prove brightness, light output over an extended time, color quality, efficiency, instantaneous lighting (take that CFL’s!), the absence of flickering and an absence of off-state power draw.

It’s a brand new world out there with LED. A better world for all of us.