Listen weekdays from 1-3pm ET
(No audio? Try our help)
Recent shows | More media

Listen Live: Mon-Fri 1-3pm ET

Posted: 6:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

Payback on LEDs is short

  • comment(6)



Related

  photo
Get more consumer advice on ClarkHoward.com and The Clark Howard Show.

By Clark Howard


My wife and I have an ongoing light bulb cold war at home!

You may have heard the story about the property we sold last year that we bought 15 years ago. It had the original first-generation CFLs I put in 14 years ago. The light they gave was so crummy they took a full two minutes to really warm up. I had to change those bulbs before anyone would buy that house!

Last night in our new home, my wife was putting regular bulbs in two lamps. She was replacing early edition LEDs I had in them. So I raced to the basement and came back with two current generation CFLs instead. We put them in, turned the lights on, and she actually liked the light the CFLs cast!

I love what Home Depot does with their lighting section that shows you different kinds of light each different bulb casts so you pick what pleases your eye.

Meanwhile, testing done by Consumer Reports shows that the earliest generations of LEDs have been running for 17 years and counting. Many promise 20 or 25 years of life.

Best of all, you get return on the investment of these more expensive bulbs in 3 years. So even if they last 15 years, you save a fortune in electricity!

  • comment(6)