Making the change to LED bulbs



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Posted on May 3, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Updated Monday, May 3 at 8:48 AM

A South Austin family is changing the way they light up their home.

Joe and Starr McAllister’s South Travis County house is lighted entirely by LEDs, light emitting diodes.

"We went ahead and did (the change to LED lighting) because we wanted to have something that was current and everything that was. We wanted to be kind of in the forefront of energy saving. We're glad we spent the extra money now," said Starr McAllister.

The LED bulbs are more expensive to purchase, but are proven to last longer than conventional lights and use less energy to run.

The Department of Energy says the energy savings from an LED conversion could save Americans a combined $120 billion over the next 20 years. For the energy every 50 incandescent bulbs emit, one single LED bulb can do the work.

Congress passed a mandate that requires all incandescent bulbs be phased out by 2012 and replaced with energy saving lights including LEDs.

The McAllister’s have already made the change. Less than one month into the change, they say they’ve seen a difference in their utility bill.

"It was totally phenomenal. It was a fourth of what we usually have," said Starr.

The family relied on a company called LED Illumination Direct to help make the change in their house.

"You have people who get things started like the McAllisters. There are people get things going," said LED Illumination Direct CEO Greg Klepper.

Klepper has manufactured and patented on more than 200 LED products. Some of the products were tested in a classroom at Parkview Christian Academy in Waco. The teacher there says she’s seen an improvement in student behavior and performance. The lights emit a more natural, day-light glow and do not flicker as typical incandescent bulbs do throughout the day.

The bulbs also don’t create a buzz or emit ultraviolet rays.

"It's just really become practical," said Klepper.

Accord to the Department of Energy, the lights emit less than 90 percent of the heat than conventional lights and they fit into typical light outlets.