LEDs Are Advancing But What’s Holding Them Back?

LED lighting has come a long way. Recent advancements have them more versatile, ultra efficient, less expensive, and more accessible than ever before. LED lightbulbs are a prime example of how one piece of technology can go from being a specialty item to a household product in just a few years.

But there are factors that are still holding back LEDs. Despite their many improvements, these bulbs still need to be improved in someways to make them a complete replacement for conventional incandescent lightbulbs.   

“…many LEDs still do not have a color rendering index that comes close to that of incandescents, which have a CRI of 100. A report from the U.S. Department of Energy last year found that some efficiency may have to be sacrificed to meet the color requirements of consumers, who often prefer a multi-directional, warm light.”

How soon will manufacturers overcome this latest LED obstacle and pave the way for LEDs to become a primary lighting source in most homes and businesses? 

4 thoughts on “LEDs Are Advancing But What’s Holding Them Back?

  1. Francis says on November 12, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Led’s are so much brighter than a regular light bulb that I can see why people wouldn’t want them for a lot of purposes, such as if you want a softer light in your living room you wouldn’t want an LED right? This is a great article and I look forward to reading more about this. Keep up the good work this looks very professional.

  2. Richard says on November 14, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    The incandescent bulb hasn’t changed much since Thomas Edison patented it in 1879. More than one hundred years later, the familiar bulbs still push electricity through a wire filament – and still waste a whole lot of energy. I read that thanks to a piece of 2007 legislation, traditional incandescent bulbs will soon become a thing of the past. I recently bought an LED bulb for my bedroom and I like the fact that it produces less heat which saves me money on electricity from the air condition.

  3. Matthew says on November 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    At long last, one company is capitalizing on the phase-out of incandescent bulbs by releasing a new low-price ($8) LED bulb that, near as dammit, has the same silhouette as the standard A19 incandescent bulb that you bought at Walmart last week. This new Cree bulb doesn’t just look different, however this is a brand-new third-generation design. Curiously, the new bulbs come with a 3-year warranty instead of the 10-year warranty that Cree previously offered on its LED lights. Perhaps this company is being conservative about the life capability of this new LED. I like this technology and I have already bought a couple of bulbs with no complaints on my part.

  4. Curtis says on November 17, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    The electricity used over the lifetime of a single incandescent bulb costs 5 to 10 times the original purchase price of the bulb itself. That is why in my opinion, I prefer to buy LED bulbs over halogen and incandescent light bulbs. When you get right down to it, CFLs are simply miniature versions of full-sized fluorescents. They screw into standard lamp sockets, and give off light that looks similar to the common incandescent bulbs – not like the fluorescent lighting we associate with factories and schools.

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