LED Light Bulbs in My Will

I’ve been really busy since I last posted.

There is a huge Handmade for Earth Day Auction going on at Eco Etsy. I’ve been posting all the auctions and it’s been quite fun but it’s also a lot of work. I donated two items and one of them was a pillow that Cat Ivins won (YAY!) and I had to finish a Skinny Organic Scarf for next week’s auction last night.

I also have to finish writing…… oh, about three articles on Eco Etsy’s BIG news that will be released on Monday 18th.  (I’ll also reveal it here so don’t worry – you’ll be in the know.)

Oh, and one of my dear friends, whom I lost in touch with for about six years, called me yesterday and we talked for an hour. For an hour!! I don’t think I’ve  talked on the phone for that long since High School. That was such a refreshing and long overdue distraction though. We had some great times before and had a lot of catching up to do. If you have friends you haven’t been in touch with, why don’t you pick up the phone and call her/him? In the overall scheme of things, and no matter how busy our lives are, it’s dear friends and family that really matters. Right?

I digress.

The biggest news I wanted to share with you is that…. I changed my kitchen light bulbs.

(What, did you think I won the lotto or something? Pffft!)

Yeah, I my Accidental Recycler brought home these LED light bulbs. (Sometimes, you have to let your hubby buy green products to make him think that he’s doing the right thing. It’s good for his ego.) I gave him big thumbs up and complimented him for being so smart! Ecosmart! Pun intended.


These were $39.99 for one. “Whaaat?”, you say?

But before you click off and close this page, let me tell you how, in the long run, LED lights will save you oodles of money and why they are better.

  • This bulb uses up only 18 Watts of energy but gives off 75Watts of light, which means your electricity bill will be so much lower.
  • LED lights are cool and do not get hot the way incandescent light bulbs do, which means, the energy generated will not be wasted on generating all that heat.
  • They also don’t contain mercury like CFL light bulbs do so you don’t have to worry about disposing of the light bulbs properly. (There are some lead in them but not enough for you to worry about, as far as I can tell.)
  • You also don’t have to wait for the bulbs to brighten up like the CFL bulbs.
  • You can find dimmable bulbs, like these. Now, that feature might not be attractive to you but sometimes, I like to have romantic dinners in my kitchen, with my man. No, not really. But it sounded good. No? Seriously, CFL bulbs are not dimmable in most cases because you need special dimmable balasts for them. And it’s a whole project in itself to install those just to have such feature. And if you decide to ‘cheat’ and use CFL’s on regular dimmers, they can catch fire! Yikes! But these LED light bulbs are dimmable and as long as you have one of those sliding dimmers, these are good to go.

But you know what is really the best about these bulbs?

These will last 46 years*!!!  You know what that means?

These light bulbs might outlast me!!

So, guess what? I told my daughter, “I’m leaving these light bulbs for you, in my will!“. She was thrilled. She said I was too generous.

*If used according to the direction. Yes, there is a direction on how to use light bulbs. Fact.

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6 comments
Lynn Fang
Lynn Fang

Hey, I would love my parents to bequeath me their sturdy LED lightbulbs in their will! I won't have to worry about getting new bulbs for a long time! Thanks for sharing this wonderfully long-lasting lightbulb.

ecokaren
ecokaren

I think you'll love these. The price tag was a shocker initially but I think they are worth every penny. And I think the prices have come down a lot since a year ago so don't wait to inherit yours before trying them. :) Oh, and lifespan of the bulb is not where the savings come in. It’s the lower energy bill every month.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Hah! If I buy some now, I have a chance of outliving those LED lightbulbs (though not by much, if my family history of cancer has anything to say in the matter). Who knew I'd be competing with a lightbulb? I have to confess that I still have some incandescents. I really don't like the quality of light a lot of CFLs give off, and I never actually bought these incandescents -- they came with the house and haven't burned out yet. Maybe when these finally go I'll look into LED options.

ecokaren
ecokaren

I didn't like CFL's color either but with three or four different kinds of hues availbale, we finally found a color that both my husband and I agreed on. But every room's need is different so we bought different types of CFLs for different rooms. That was a pain. But one thing I don't like about CFLs is the waiting time for it to get bright. So I don't use it in my pantry or a closet. I also heard that turning it on and off frequently reduces its lifespan too. But this LED is instant and also comes in different types of hues. And frequency of turning it on and off is not a factor in its lifespan so we can use it in any room. But one thing (nothing is perfect.) I had get used to was this "spotlight" effect. I had to get used to feeling like I was on a stage while I was cooking. But I'm used to it now. And...Jenn.....I have a feeling you'll outlast ANY light bulb.:)

elena
elena

Didn't know about these—Will keep them in mind next time I buy ligths. Thanks for sharing!

ecokaren
ecokaren

You should definitely try to find LED lights next time you have to buy light bulbs. It is expensive initially but in the long run, it is totally worth every penny!

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