LED light bulbs are one of the several alternative bulbs in the market that are replacing incandescent light bulbs. Although energy efficiency is the most important aspect of bulb replacement that people focus on, the lifespan of a bulb matters a lot. Most traditional bulbs had a lifespan of about 1000 hours and LED bulbs come with a claimed lifespan of 25,000 hours. Although this super-long lifespan might be enough for an average consumer, understanding lifespan correctly and maximizing it remains a problem yet to be completely solved.
Understanding the lifespan of an LED light bulb is interesting. Although the claim for an LED bulb's lifespan is set at 25,000 hours, it is important to note that the LED bulb 'ages' during that lifetime. That is, LED bulbs tend to get dimmer over time. Although they may be able to run for 25,000 hours, the light they are emitting tends to decrease over time. So the actual lifespan would depend on how soon you get fed up with a dim LED bulb and decide to change it. There are a few tips however on increasing the actual lifespan of an LED bulb.
1. Control Usage
Yes, the LED bulb is designed to be energy efficient but controlling its usage is very important. Although the idea of running an LED bulb carefully at times beats the alternative energy use it had, you have to understand its aging process. When LED bulbs are left on for long hours, they tend to get dim. To get the most light out of your bulbs over a long time, make sure that you don't leave your bulbs running for long hours at a stretch. Using the 25,000 hours lifespan carefully and economically is important. Turn on a bulb only when required, i.e. working in the kitchen, in the workshop etc. When you're done working, turn off the bulb.
2. Let the Bulbs Cool Down
Most LED bulb users believe that because LED bulbs are more efficient and produce less energy in the form of heat, they do not need to cool down. Letting a bulb cool down before you turn it on again greatly increases its longevity.
3. Do Not Switch the Bulbs Frequently On/Off
It has been found that frequently switching on and off an LED bulb has an effect on its longevity. As it was advised earlier that usage must be economical and the bulb must be allowed to cool down, control the number of times you switch it on and off. If you've returned to work after just switching off an LED bulb, give it time to 'rest' for a while before switching it back on. This will ensure that the 25,000-hour lifespan is made good use of and the light-emitted from the bulb doesn't go dim as soon as it usually does.
If you follow these three tips you should be easily able to maximize the life of your LED light bulbs.