While CFL bulbs are currently one of the most popular energy-efficient bulbs on the market, LED bulbs are poised to take their place in the near future. Although LED bulbs cost a little more, they are a great investment for your home as they use less energy, saving you money on your monthly electric bill. If you were to use a 12-watt LED bulb in place of a 60-watt incandescent bulb and have it operate for two hours a day, with an electricity rate of 11 cents per kilowatt-hour, it would only cost $1.00 per year to run; whereas the 60-watt incandescent bulb would cost about $4.80 per year to operate. LED bulbs also last up to 30 times longer, so you won't need to replace them as often. Traditional 60-watt incandescent bulbs are rated to last up to 1,000 hours, while LEDs can have a lifespan of up to 30,000 hours. The lifetime of an LED bulb is not affected by frequent switching or rapid cycling.


LEDs also have more features that put them ahead of other types of bulbs. While energy-saving CFLs can take a few minutes to fully illuminate, LEDs are able to light up instantly when they are switched on. LEDs also have the advantage of being resistant to breakage and vibrations. LEDs are not affected by cold temperatures and will start under the most frigid conditions.


LED bulbs are a great option to consider for your lighting needs if you are looking to save money on your energy bills, help the environment or both. Safety is another reason to switch to LED lighting as they emit very little heat and are cool to the touch. Whether you are looking to light up your home or are looking for alternative lighting in commercial applications, Menards offers a great selection of LED bulbs.

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