Compact Fluorescent Lights vs LEDs
Compact florescent lights (CFLs) are energy-efficient alternatives to standard incandescent bulbs. More and more people are switching to energy-efficient alternatives everyday. But between CFLs and LEDs which is the better alternative? Let’s weigh the pros and cons of both.
The Pros of CFLs
The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S Department of Energy state that CFLs last ten times longer, use up to 75% less energy, and produce up to 75% less heat then your standard incandescent bulb.
CFLs are widely available at most retailers including supermarkets, drug stores, and any home-hardware store.
Each CFL bulb can save more then $40 in electricity over the course of the light bulb”s life. CFLs typically last 2-3 years.
One CFL can help reduce green house gas emissions by hundreds of pounds. For around 4$ per bulb, that’s not a bad deal.
The Cons of CFLs
- Some CFL bulbs are known to dim over a very short period of time. Reliability is a hit or miss with these bulbs.
- CFLs contain a very dangerous substance known as mercury. This is a hazard to animals and people alike, not to mention horrible for the environment if not disposed of properly.
- CFLs do not light up instantly like other bulbs. They require a warm-up time of 1-3 minutes before they can achieve their full brightness.
The Pros of LEDs
LEDs are very environmentally friendly, containing zero hazardous materials.With a lifespan that is 8 times longer then a CFL, they can last up to 50,000 hours and in some cases even longer.They create very little heat when in use which leads to a lower cooling cost. Over its lifetime can prevent over a half-ton of greenhouse gas emissions.
Lighting typically accounts for over 20% of an electricity bill in the typical home. LEDs can ultimately decrease that amount to just 5%! That means huge savings in the long run!
The Cons of LEDs
LED lights are more expensive, averaging from $10 – $30. But keep in mind that over a long period of time, you are indeed saving money by purchasing higher end light bulbs. It is an investment.
To wrap things up. Like with anything there’s always a downside, but if they are utilized properly they are still a major improvement compared to conventional lighting. Remember, if you use CFLs to properly dispose of them at locations that are meant for that sort of thing. Most LED lights can last for up to 20 years, and afterwards can be thrown out with the rest of the regular garbage, or recycled. With little responsibility, either one is a good start to lower costs and save money!
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