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LED bulbs replace Mercury-laden CFLs

Those curly-looking light bulbs that were the “wave of the future” just a few years ago will soon be going the way of the dinosaur. New technology has made light-emitting diode (LED) lighting the newest energy-saving bulb. Brighter than CFLs and containing no toxic heavy metals, LED bulbs are becoming a more and more affordable green alternative to both incandescent and CFL light bulbs.

Advances in lighting slow to take off

Just a year or two ago, you might have expected to pay as much as $10 for an LED bulb. That expense was a non-starter for most property owners, who opted instead for the less-reliable CFL. With a shorter life span and that pesky mercury, CFL bulbs proved to be less of a sustainable lighting choice than developers had hoped. But, they were cheap. When they burnt out or were broken (yikes), the responsibility to replace them fell to tenants. They mostly opted for the now-obsolete and heat-generating incandescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs cost less and didn’t have mercury. They also raised the electric bill.

LED technology, prices improving

Far from $10-20 a pop these days, energy-sipping LED bulbs are brighter and cheaper than ever. Bulk contractor pack prices for 60-watt-equivalent LED bulbs are approaching traditional incandescent prices. Plus, they’re well worth a little extra investment. An LED bulb uses 40 percent less energy than even a CFL. It will also last 20 times longer—sometimes many years—and it doesn’t harbor toxins that could harm your tenants.

Investigate the benefits of LED, and then hire the experts at Class A Management. We have an eye for detail, and we know that lots of solutions to big problems could be as small as a light bulb. Call us today at 817-284-1411 or e-mail info@classamgmt.com.