If your house is full of light bulbs Thomas Edison would recognize, it’s time for an update. Manufacturers have been reducing their production of incandescent bulbs for years, and soon it may be hard to find them.
Lighting facts and info:
Early versions of LEDs often cast a blue hue, but now the bulbs can mimic the white or yellow glow of incandescent or fluorescent lights.
The government passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, requiring manufacturers to phase out high wattage incandescent bulbs. In 2012, manufacturers stopped producing 100-watt incandescent bulbs, followed by 75-watt bulbs in 2013 and 40- and 60-watt bulbs this year.
Dropping costs are helping to drive LED sales. For instance, an LED floodlight that cost $85 three years ago is about $19 today, and you can find LEDs as low as $10.
Comparing LED, CFL and incandescent light bulbs
Experts say an LED bulb generally lasts around 50,000 hours, meaning a single bulb can last 10 to 15 years. In comparison, an old-school incandescent bulb generally lasts about 2,000 hours. In addition to their longevity, LED bulbs use about 20 to 25 percent of the energy a typical incandescent consumes.