LED Light Lifespan Truths


There are two main cost criteria (and thus sources of savings) to look at when comparing the type of lighting to use.  You have the cost of the actual bulb and the cost of the energy to power that bulb.  The latter is driven by wattage as that's a direct pretty simple comparison from bulb to bulb all other things being equal.  The first requires a little more evaluation.  The cost of the bulb would only directly compare if both bulbs lasted for the same amount of time.  They don't.  They don't even come close.  At this point a straight equivalent 3 watt bulb which puts out the same amount of light as a 60 watt incandescent light costs roughly 10 times more.  It's not an apples and apples comparison however since the LED light lasts much longer since it's solid state by design.  Let's take a look at the length of life you can expect for LED lights and more importantly, our LED lights.

On average, with our LED lights, you can expect 50,000 hours.  With incandescents, you can expect just short of 6000 hours if you're lucky.  That's almost 10 fold increase in life.  When we run quotes, we're actually more conservative in our calculations to make sure your LED light cost quote actually under performs real life but the numbers are the numbers.  So the trade-off is that LED will cost more up front but save significantly more than this difference over the life of the bulb.  CFL's last about 10,000 hours which is an improvement over incandescents but CFL's are also more expensive with the nasty extra baggage of toxic chemicals such as phosphorus and mercury.  They're also scheduled to phase out but they still don't beat LED's.  Essentially, the savings that CFL's afford over incandescents is magnified by going right to LED's and there's no downside of breakage, toxicity, and clean-up expenses not to mention great labor to constantly switch out the bulbs (5 times more often).  So, we how have a breakdown of LED lights against the two prevailing technologies currently used commercially for lighting.  What about our lights versus other LED lights.  A great story just got it's cliffhanger chapter!

LED lights are solid state which is why they last so long.  There is the tenuous combination of vacuum tubes and extreme heat that always lead to failure over time.  LED's are solid material.   The rest of the industry will be catching up with us for years due to a intuitive bit of engineering we built into our lamp.  When the other brands of LED lights break, you throw out the whole light.  Granted it takes forever to get there relative to the other technologies but all things must go.  When our lights go, you send it to us and we replace the driver, a small chip that "pushes" the electricity to the LED.  The rest of the light works just fine and continues for years more.  Replacing the driver is much less expensive than replacing the entire light for obvious reasons.  It also allows us to upgrade light function more easily as technology obviously improves since the chip is the heart (or better yet, the brains) of whole show.  Combine this intuitive advance in technology plus our pricing (which is lower than the big LED players) and it's hard to justify going anywhere else.  As you can see, we're pretty proud of our technology as we KNOW it can completely change the relationship business and residences currently have with lighting and the cost of energy to power it.  Unfortunately, once the lights are in, you probably won't have to see us for years to come but we're sure you're busy enough with your business.  That's the way it should be.   

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