LEDs Lead the Way

An important part of our everyday lives, lighting uses about 22% of all electricity generated in the U.S., according to Department of Energy statistics. It’s no wonder that the DOE and efficiency supporters have promoted upgraded lighting technologies to improve energy efficiency and reduce building energy consumption and costs.

In fact, a recent report by the DOE shows that LEDs are the most efficient and environmentally friendly option. when compared to incandescents and compact fluorescent lamps.

Let’s compare:

LEDs Incandescents Compact Fluorescents
Average life span 50,000 hours 1,200 hours 8,000 hours
Watts of electricity used
(Equivalent to 60 watt bulb)
6 ‐ 8 watts 60 watts 13 ‐ 15 watts
Annual operating cost
(30 incandescents/year equivalent)
$32.85/year $328.59/year $76.65/year
Turns on instantly Yes Yes No (takes time to warm up)
Durability Can handle jarring and bumping Glass or filament can break easily Glass can break easily
Heat emitted 3.4 BTUs/hour 85 BTUs/hour 30 BTUs/hour


Have questions about the pros and cons of each type of light? We are here to help, whether you’d like more information or want us to take a look at ways we can improve your building’s energy efficiency.