Bob Vila Radio: LED Light Bulbs Explained—Finally

They line the shelves in the lighting aisle, but what exactly are LED lights? Learn about the advantages and why you should be making the switch.

More and more homeowners these days are switching to LED lighting, and there are a bunch of reasons why.

LED Light Bulbs Explained



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LED bulbs—LED being short for “light-emitting diode”—are much more energy-efficient than other types of light bulbs and can last for decades rather than just weeks or months.

LEDs offer big ecological advantages. For starters, unlike other types of bulbs, they contain no toxic chemicals and they’re 100 percent recyclable. They’re also tough enough to stand up to extreme weather conditions or to being jarred and bumped. That makes them ideal for use outdoors or in workshops. LEDs even work with dimmers!

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But that’s just the beginning. Cutting-edge LED lighting systems now produce dramatic lighting effects that are not only pleasing to the eye but also positively impacting moods. Such systems are already being used in workplaces and classrooms. They’re also being installed in airplanes—and goodness knows we could all use a mood-enhancer there!

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