A couple of years ago, bulbs were simply bulbs. You only had a single choice when it came to lighting options for your house. But in the last couple of years, modern technology has brought forth bulbs such as LEDs, fluorescent and others to replace incandescent lighting. Not only are the new options much more energy efficient, but they are also offer more durability.
LED vs. Fluorescent vs. Incandescent Lighting
LED and fluorescent lighting are examples of the 2 main types of lighting that the modern technology has made available. Both have their own pros and cons. The main difference is in the area of durability and energy consumption.
LED lights are basically light emitting diodes which can be found either as single diodes like in flashlights, or as clusters of diodes to create light bulbs. LED lighting mainly differs from fluorescent and incandescent lighting in a number of ways: LED lighting is actually much more versatile, efficient, durable, and longer lasting.
Incandescent bulbs basically produce light using the electricity to heat its’ metal filament until it becomes white hot. This results in incandescent bulbs releasing 90% of energy as heat.
In fluorescent bulbs, the electric current flows in between the electrodes at the ends of the tube containing gases. The reaction produces UV (ultraviolet) light and heat. This ultraviolet light gets transformed to visible light after it strikes the phosphor coating that’s inside the bulb. Fluorescent lighting comes in 2 primary types: CFL (compact fluorescent lighting) and tube lighting. These types of lights can vary in their size from tubes, which are multiple feet long, to compact bulbs which are about the same size as the standard lamp light bulb.
Let’s examine the differences between Fluorescent and Incandescent lighting, while taking a look at the pros and cons that come with each.
- Fluorescent works differently than the incandescent lighting in the sense that, instead of using electric current through their wire filaments, they usually drive the electric current via a tube that contains mercury vapor. The process creates (UV) ultraviolet light, which quickly translates to visible light, unlike the incandescent lights, which basically puts out a warm glow.
- The major difference between incandescent and fluorescent lighting is just how much energy it normally takes to utilize them over time. Fluorescent lighting uses about 70 percent less energy as compared to incandescent lighting. They also do last much longer as compared to the traditional bulbs. However, one of the major drawbacks of fluorescent lighting is that it normally takes a while before warming up and reaching its’ full brightness; this means that they aren’t ideal for areas where one wants bright light immediately after flipping on the switch, like a dark basement stairway.
Now lets take a look at the differences between LED lighting and Fluorescent lighting:
- LED lighting lasts about 60,000 or more hours before requiring a replacement. Fluorescent lighting on the other hand, lasts about 10, 000 hours before requiring a replacement. One would have to replace the fluorescent bulb six times to equal the average lifespan of one LED light bulb.
- When it comes to energy efficiency, LED bulbs are about five times more efficient as compared to fluorescent lighting.
- LED light bulbs generate directional lighting, which means you can have the bright light you require exactly where you want it. On the other hand, fluorescent lighting isn’t as bright, and it dissipates easily.
To sum it up, here are some of the pros and cons of fluorescent lighting vs. LED lighting:
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
- Uses less energy as compared to incandescent bulbs
- Costs much less than the LED light bulbs
- Produces extremely bright light, which spreads evenly
- It’s readily available in warm, soft and also bright white hues
- Can’t be used with the dimmer switch
- Takes awhile to warm up and reach its’ full brightness
- Contains mercury, which is harmful to the environment
- It can be quite sensitive to the cold temperature
LED Light Bulbs
- Lights up immediately after flipping the switch
- They do not heat up much; they normally stay cool even after use
- They last up to six times much longer than fluorescent light bulbs
- They are not sensitive to cold temperature
- Some models may be utilized with the dimmer switch
- They are available in white, soft and warm hues
- light may not really spread as evenly like other sources
- It currently costs much more than fluorescent
These two types of lighting are basically more energy efficient as compared to the incandescent bulbs.
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