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LED Lights A Cost Effective Alternative

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LED Lights A Cost Effective Alternative

Author : Brendon Hollande

Submitted : 2013-03-15 23:01:07    Word Count : 545    Popularity:   0

Tags:   LED Bulbs, LED Tube, LED Gu10 bulbs

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The introduction of LED lights in the market has already proved to be a big success. Over the years sales of these products has increased tremendously.
During a conversation with LED consumers, the primary question that has emerged is the cost factor. The LED lights are far more expensive compared to the conventional lights. Here in this article we are going to list the details on cost factors, the saving and the use of LED lights.
Firstly the prices issues – Indeed the LED Lights are far more expensive than the incandescent lights and Fluorescent lights. A high end 10W LED Light would cost you around £20. This is going to replace an incandescent 100W light bulb that typically costs around £1. So at first, the 10W LED lamps seems to be £19 more expensive
However, these bulbs are powered by electricity. They aren’t going to work unless they consume light. Therefore the real question about the cost of light bulb must take into account the total cost of ownership or the amount of electricity it is going to consume. An LED Light can approximately last for around 50,000 hours. So in that comparison you are to see what is the total cost of ownership of a 100W incandescent bulb.
As an estimate goes, a 100W light bulb actually uses 101.5 watts of electricity. Over 50,000 hours, it will use around 5,075 kilowatt – hour of electricity, also considering the fact that you may have to replace that bulb around 50 times during that period. If the electricity supply costs you around 10 pence per kilowatt hour, this 100W light bulb is going to cost you around £500 to operate over 50,000 hours. And on the top of that, it produces 10,150 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions that directly promote global warming and climate change. Mercury is also released during its operation while considering the fact that much of the electricity is generated in the coal fired power plants that emit toxic mercury into the air.
In short, a 100W incandescent bulb would cost you around £500 producing 50,000 hours of light.
On the contrary to that, what is the total cost of 10W LED light bulb? Though it costs around £20, it uses around 10.8 watts of electricity that adds up to 540 kilowatt-hours over 50,000 hours. This is around £54 Vs the £500 needed to power the 100W incandescent bulb. Apart from that the LED bulbs reduce Carbon dioxide emission by 9,000 pounds, producing only 1080 pounds of carbon dioxide instead of 10150 pounds of Co2 produced by 100W Incandescent bulb.
Therefore the total cost of 10W LED light bulb is £20 and £54 in electricity for producing 50,000 hours of light.
Thus the LED light is £74 Vs £550 (electricity + cost of replacement bulbs) for incandescent lights.
Now the choice rests with you. The one time expense is certainly going pay for it in the long run. It makes an obvious financial sense to pay only £74 when you are saving in the long run and protecting the environment at the same time.

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Brendon Hollande is a freelance article author who has written many articles on LED Tube and LED Gu10 Bulbs


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