In the beginning there was light

The modern, energy efficient lightbulb didn’t happen by accident. It’s been gradually improved for over 139 years since the first Edison bulb was created in 1879. The technology of the incandescent bulb continued to be the household standard well into the 1990s. 

The introduction of halogen in the 1950’s and CFLs in the 1980’s helped change the landscape, but it wasn’t until LED bulbs came on the scene that energy usage really changed. LEDs were invented in the 1950’s their use was limited to circuits and automobiles. 

Evolution of LED bulbs

Eventually they evolved into a more practical household product in the 1990s—but, the early days their life span and energy efficiency was limited. The US Department of energy made a push for better LED bulbs by offering “The L Prize”, an incentive for companies in early 2000s in order to decrease the US carbon footprint. 

 

LED (light-emitting diode) uses a semiconductor to convert electricity into light.

 

Today's LED bulbs can be 67x more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights and cut energy use by more than 80%.

By 2012 over 49 million LED products were installed in the US, saving over $675 million in annual energy costs. 

 

Incandescent Bulbs Generate More Heat Than Light

The energy consumed by a traditional100-watt incandescent bulb produces around 12% heat, 83% IR and only 5% visible light. This inefficiency results in higher energy usage and utility bills. A house equipped with incandescent bulbs also has a larger carbon footprint.

LEDs Produce More Light than Heat

LED bulbs do indeed generate heat as does anything that consumes electricity. The important thing to keep in mind is that LEDs consume a lot less energy than incandescent or halogen bulbs and are much more efficient in how they use that energy versus traditional bulb types.

Thus while LEDs will generate heat, it will be a fraction of that compared to a traditional technology bulb. The ultimate temperature at which the external housing of the LED will operate at is influenced by the temperature of the room and the fixture it is placed in.

Big Box Store Brands

Unfortunately, most of the brands sold in big box store are not up to par with the brands we use. Cheaper materials are used and limited testing results in inconsistent lighting and bulbs that burn out quicker. 

  • Minimal testing
  • Inconsistent color 
  • Occasional humming sounds
  • High failure rates

High Quality Brands

The big difference between big box store brands and our high-quality brands is the amount of attention that goes into R&D and testing. These longer lasting products save money in the long run providing beautiful light for years to come.

  • Rigorous testing and quality control 
  • Pure and consistent color
  • Silent operation
  • Long lasting 
  • Backed by 3-10 year warranties