Problems with LED Lighting

LED (light-emitting diode) lighting has quite a few advantages over other kinds of bulbs. They can last as long as 200,000 hours, far more than compact fluorescent or incandescent bulbs. They are energy-efficient, which makes them good for your wallet and the environment. They are reliable as well. However, there are some problems that may mean they are not the optimal choice for all uses.


LED lighting has both advantages and drawbacks.

LED lighting is expensive to buy in comparison with other forms of lighting. A tiny household bulb can cost around $25, and bulbs for normal room lighting can go far higher. You may save money since the bulbs last so long, but the initial, out-of-pocket purchase cost can be prohibitive.


Normal incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs cast multidirectional light. LED lights are made from many small LED bulbs arrayed to produce light. Because of the design, LED bulbs work better for directional lighting than the diffused lighting necessary to light a room. While the light output (lumens) may be similar to other types of bulbs, you may not be happy with the overall results.


LED lights can be harder to find than other kinds of bulbs. Given the price of these bulbs, you may not want to stock up on them. While they do not need to be replaced often, and online merchants carry a wide selection, if you are in a hurry you may not be able to pick up LED bulbs at the grocery store.

About the Author

Bill Brown has been a freelance writer for more than 14 years. Focusing on trade journals covering construction and home topics, his work appears in online and print publications. Brown holds a Master of Arts in liberal arts from St. John's University and is currently based in Houston.