Back in 2012, a federal ban on the sale of 100-watt incandescent bulbs left consumers in need of a cheap, energy-efficient alternative. Because LED bulbs were still rather expensive, compact fluorescents (CFLs) soon emerged as the go-to option for most homeowners. Unfortunately, CFL bulbs were not without their drawbacks.
Many consumers complained that they were slow to warm up, and once they did they emitted a harsh, bright white light. In spite of these issues, CFLs have become the most common type of energy-efficient lightbulb in recent years. Soon, however, that might be about to change.
LED bulbs may have been pretty expensive back in 2012, but these days they’re actually quite affordable. You can pick up a 60-watt-equivalent bulb for less than $5 at your local hardware store. When you consider a single LED bulb can last up to 20 years, this sounds like a very modest investment. That’s why General Electric recently announced that they would begin phasing out CFL production to focus more heavily on LED bulbs this year. By 2020, GE expects LED bulbs will be in more than half off all the light sockets in the U.S.
“These LED lightbulbs are starting to replicate what the electrical filament has done for over 100 years – providing that look and warm ambiance that people are used to,” said GE’s chief operating officer John Strainic in a statement.
In addition to the energy savings that they offer, LED pool lights are also great because the color can be changed to give your pool a fun, varied ambiance. Want to learn more? Give us a call today for a consultation!