June 14, 2017: A survey by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), an association for consumer research, which focused on lighting residential spaces, found that a typical American family uses at least 20 indoor light bulbs throughout their home. As a result, it recommends
LED light bulbs as they are of good quality, last longer and will ultimately save money over time, as compared to traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs.
In 2000, the Department of Energy (DOE) helped develop a LED bulb to package the new technology. But CFA believes that it would take another 10 years for LED bulbs to be widely available. Those early LED bulbs are also full of problems like short lifespans, harsh lights, flickering and high price.
Today, despite LED bulb prices dipping by about 85%, still they are not affordable and considered expensive. With a minimum of 20 light bulbs in an American house, which costs $5 a bulb, replacing incandescent and halogen light bulbs with LED bulbs would cost about $100 or more, which is double the price of traditional light bulbs.
But longer lifespan of LED lights can take care of the extra expense with savings on energy bill. In 2009, fewer than 400,000 LED lights were in use in US homes, but by 2014, there were more than 78 million LED lights installed.
A CFA survey in June 2016 revealed that only 36% of consumers know about the advantages of LED lights and are willing to switch over to LED lights. CFA is trying to educate the consumers. High-efficiency LED bulbs last at least 10 years or more, while incandescent and halogen bulbs last for only one year.