What Can You Do in 50,000 hours?

LEDs are amazing. These little bulbs (as most are made by CREE they are XLamps but people commonly say bulbs) last forever. Well, maybe not forever, but they can last for 50,000 hours, and that’s a long time. That’s approximately 5.7 years! That got us thinking, “What could we do in 50,000 hours? What could we accomplish before the LED in our flashlight finally beamed its last spark of light?”

Well, being inspired (or bored) this past Saturday, we endeavored to find seven things we could do in 50,000 hours. We thought about doing 10, but we didn’t have time. GET IT?

So without further ado…

Seven Things to Do Before Changing Your LED

  1. Master Five Disciplines

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, he discussed how much practice and effort it took to master a particular discipline or subject. After examining and interviewing a host of experts, he determined it took approximately 10,000 hours of deliberate study and practice to master any subject. So, in the time it takes your LED to burn out, you can master five disciplines. You better get to work.

  1. Get Your Undergraduate Degree – And Start on Your Masters

Ok, you don’t want to master a discipline. You would like to broaden your mind – maybe pursue a liberal arts degree. Despite the hype, most undergraduate degrees take about five years to complete. So, in the 5.7 years it takes your LED to stop working, you can get your degree and get started on your masters.

  1. Go to Mars and Come Back and Go Back and…

With the current technology, it takes approximately seven months to reach Mars. So, it takes 14 months to make the round trip. So, that means you can make that trip four time, and if you time it just right, you can sneak in another trip before your light goes out.

  1. Sail Around the World

In a personal cruising style sailboat, it takes around two years to circumnavigate the globe. So, if you’re set on following in Magellan’s wake, you could definitely go around the world twice and get close to a third by the time you needed to pull into port and buy and LED.

  1. Walk the Entire Great Wall of China

How about walking the world’s longest manmade structure? Well, to walk the Great Wall of China’s entire length in about 18 months. If you hustled, you could go back and forth twice before you had to buy another LED to light your way at night.

  1. Walk Around the World

Okay, this is a pretty big one. It took the first man to ever walk around the entire world just over four years. Why don’t you take your time and just do it once in 50,000 hours. I hear there are some lovely places out there.

  1. Watch About Half of all the Movies on Netflix

Netflix normally offers about 50,000 titles on their streaming service. At an average of two hours per title, that means you could watch half of Netflix’s entire library in 50,000 hours.

So, this is what we came up with? What would you do before your flashlight LED ran down?

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