Why You Should Swap Out Your CFLs For LED Bulbs

Posted on: 16 May 2016

When compact fluorescent bulbs hit the market, they were praised for being a supremely energy-efficient way of lighting one's home. Unfortunately, CFL bulbs have a lot of downsides, as users have discovered. Thankfully, as the years have gone on, more varieties of energy-efficient bulbs have gone on the market, like LED bulbs. Read on to learn why LEDs are a better choice than CFL bulbs.

LED Bulbs

LED bulbs, also known as light-emitting diode bulbs, are a relatively new variety of light bulb that compete in the same market as CFL bulbs. LED technology has been used for years in small devices like flashlights and on small indicator lights on things like computers and dashboards.

Shared Advantages with CFL Bulbs

LED bulbs and CFL bulbs are both extraordinarily energy-efficient in comparison to traditional incandescent bulbs. In addition, while incandescent bulbs lose the majority of the energy they use in the form of heat, not light, CFL and LED bulbs both remain cool to the touch. This makes it easier to install them, remove them, and it won't add unwanted heat to a room that's already warm.

LED and CFL bulbs also last much longer than incandescent bulbs. While incandescent bulbs traditionally only last for about 1,200 hours of lighting time, these newer bulb technologies last for far longer.

Additional Advantages over CFL Bulbs

While LED and CFL bulbs both have advantages versus incandescents, that doesn't mean that they're equal. LED bulbs are actually far superior to CFL bulbs in many ways.  

For example, while CFL bulbs can last for about 10,000 hours, or over eight times the length of a incandescent light bulb's life. However, LED bulbs vastly outlast CFLs, with up to 50,000 hours of illumination.

LED bulbs also use fewer watts than CFLs, so they save even more energy over their life than a CFL can. LED bulbs are also much more versatile than CFLs; while CFLs don't work in lighting fixtures that have dimmers, most LED bulbs do.

And lastly, but perhaps most importantly, if you're changing light bulbs to protect the earth, LED bulbs contain no mercury, while CFLs unfortunately do.

Compact fluorescent bulbs are a good choice to help reduce your energy expenditure, but light-emitting diode bulbs offer many more advantages over them. Whether you buy them today or wait for your CFLs to burn out, switching to LEDs will offer you many advantages while also protecting the environment and using less energy.

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