Angie's List: Get the LED out

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(ANGIE'S LIST) - If your house is full of light bulbs that Thomas Edison would recognize, it's time to update.

Professionals with Angie's List say there are plenty of options to bring you out of the dark ages, and light up your home.

It may be tempting to keep replacing low-cost incandescent or compact florescent lights with the same bulbs, but it's also short-sighted. Both are on the way out according to lighting professionals such as Gregory Wells.  He is an electrical professional.

"You hear stories both ways. I think eventually they're going to go away. The CFLs, I believe, are going to go away as well because the technology is just not there. They didn't keep up with the LEDs," Wells says.

LED stands for light-emitting diodes. They have been around for decades, but earlier versions were very pricey and often had a blue hue that kept them from being a household staple.  That is not the case anymore.

"LED lights give off a warm glow just like an incandescent light bulb now," says Angie Hicks of Angie's List. "Also, the price of LED lights have come down considerably over the last couple of years. These two changes have led more consumers to invest in LED lights because they are better in the long run," Hicks continues.

Another benefit to LEDs, they last a very long time. They shine for almost 50,000 hours, going several years without being replaced.

"A lot of homes now have ceilings that are 20, 30 feet tall and dragging a ladder out every time an incandescent lamp goes out is just a pain in the butt.  So this is something that you're not going to have to worry about," Wells says.

He says more and more people are starting to use LED's in common rooms in their homes, because they can be stylish, as well as functional.

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