The lifespan of LED lights

How long will your LED lights actually last for?

The lifespan of your lighting is an extremely important factor. It ultimately affects the cost and consequently, how valuable the overall product is. If a lighting fixture needs to be replaced all the time, can it really be considered cost-effective or unproblematic? We thought we would put all the theories and miscalculations to rest and give you an in-depth idea on how long your LED light will last for.


It’s important to note that estimates are the best we can do – every single household uses their lighting fixtures differently, and for different amounts of time.

What makes LED lights different?


LED lights last much longer than incandescent light bulbs, this can be attributed to the fact that they don’t heat up (to the same extent). Incandescent light bulbs light up by heating up a tiny little filament, a very delicate process that makes burning out inevitable. Incandescent light bulbs have a reputation for burning out, an inconvenient and unreliable outcome.

On the other hand, LED light bulbs only require little maintenance, they do suffer light depreciation, meaning they will gradually get dimmer over time but it is incomparably better. It’s hard to determine when LED lights have come to the end of their life (usually it is subjective). Obviously, they will become extremely indistinct, and you will need to replace them. It’s usually when they drop to about 70% of their original brightness.

How are LED lifespans calculated?


When manufacturers calculate how long LED light bulbs last for, they still include the time when the bulb starts to get dimmer, as they are still completely usable. As we mentioned before, the cut-off point is 70%. An LED light bulb can emit 800 lumens – briefly put, lumens means brightness. This means that the lumen rating can go down to 560.


How long will my light bulbs last?

It is predicted from this that an LED light bulb has a lifespan of about 10,000 hours. An incandescent light bulb only has a lifespan of about 1,000 to 2,000 hours. This improvement in longevity is one of the biggest reasons people are switching to LEDs every single day. For example, If you use your LED light bulb for 12 hours a day, your LED light bulb would last for about 2.5 years. If you had it on for 24 hours a day, you would have your LED light bulb for about 1 year. These are quite clearly extremes, but they’re worth noting. If you’re conscientious about how long your light bulbs are on for every day, your bulbs will last even longer.


It just goes to show; the difference in lifespans between LED light bulbs and older models of bulbs makes them an easy, effortless and valuable choice for your home and business. Shop our amazing selection of LED light bulbs.

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