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Why LED?
A Guide to the Next Generation of Lighting

Simply Greener than CFLs.

LED lighting is simply in another league when it comes to safety and environmental friendliness. While governments around the world along with consumers wake up to the dangers of CFLs, LEDs now offer a true alternative. It's not just marketing either, just one CFL improperly disposed can cause lasting damage to the environment affecting drinking water and food sources we all use.

Mercury is only half of the problem with CFLs. If you've ever used one, you know their light is less than ideal. Flickering, drab color, long start up times in cold weather, these are just some of the many reasons consumers are quickly finding CFLs are not a long term solution.

LED Basics and Background

A light-emitting diode (LED) is a semiconductor chip that emits light when conducting current. LED's are very versatile due to their ability to emit nearly all spectrums of light. This has led to their nearly universal adoption as a light source for a wide range of applications from: status indicator lights, to traffic signals, to today's advanced direct replacement LED light sources.

Although, LED's that produce a practical spectrum of visible light have been under constant development since the 1960's, only recently have LED's that can produce acceptable levels of illumination - for a primary lighting source in a home or business - seen mass production. The pace of innovation in the field of LED illumination, also referred to as Solid State Lighting (SSL), is currently progressing at an amazing pace. The latest bulbs available from EarthLED did not even exist one year ago!

Benefits of LED Lighting

Long Life

All LED lighting we offer are rated to have a 50,000+ hour lifespan, in this same amount of time you will buy over 50 regular incandescent bulbs or 5 compact florescent bulbs!


Even our most powerful replacement bulb (EarthLED Evolux-S) uses only 13 watts of electricity, yet it performs on par with a 100 watt incandescent bulb and is due to the extremely efficient nature of LEDs. Traditional incandescent bulbs waste 98% of their energy producing wasted heat. LEDs on the other hand produce very little heat in order to maintain brilliant light, saving and even assist in cooling costs.

When you look at the costs to run traditional incandescent bulbs they simply don't make sense:

One - 100 Watt bulb costs approximately $30 dollars to run per year at 8 hours per day, but don't forget that since an incandescent bulb only lasts 1000 hours, chances are you would have bought at least 4 replacement bulbs over the course of the year, bringing your total cost for just one light fixture to around $35!.

Compare this to:
One - 13 Watt EarthLED Evolux-S costs approximately $3.80 to run per year at 8 hours per day. Over a 10 year period an Evolux-S will cost approximately $88 in lamp and operating costs while a traditional fixture using an incandescent bulb will cost nearly $350!

As you can see, replacing the majority of the lighting in your home or business with LED lighting can really add up in terms of real money saved.


LEDs have no filament or tube to break thus they are very durable. Even if you happen to drop or mishandle one, you will not be left with a mess of broken or shattered glass.

Environmentally Friendly by Design

LEDs are the most environmentally friendly light source other than pure sunlight. First, there are no hazardous substances used inside LEDs. All of our products are RoHS compliant (a strict new standard reducing hazardous substances). You've probably heard a lot about Compact Florescent Bulbs or CFL. These have been touted as a solution to the inefficiencies of incandescent yet they are all made with mercury, thus they are hardly an environmentally sound solution.

Second, LEDs are part of the solution to the energy crisis we are all facing. LEDs use less power up front and generate less heat when used. Replacing all of your lighting with LEDs will suddenly make your home or building an environmentally friendly structure. Finally, with the long life you will achieve from LED lighting, you will save on the disposal of approximately 50 incandescent bulbs and 5 mercury tainted, compact fluorescent bulbs, thus cleaning up our landfills and ultimately saving our environment from waste.

Pure Light

LEDs are generally available in white and warm light color temperatures for the utmost in flexibility. No matter which temperature you choose, you will always get pure, clear light that makes reading or viewing objects easier on the eyes. Tired of annoying flickering and headaches caused by compact fluorescent bulbs? Say hello to LEDs and their consistent visibility.

Save Energy, Save MONEY!

All LED Lighting products have an energy savings that is significant in terms of electricity usage and money saved per light fixture. LED lighting fixtures have and short payback period, in some cases less than 2 years! LED lighting actually pays for itself in terms of energy and maintenance savings.

JDS Electrical Inc.