We all know how much better LEDs are compared to halogens and incandescent bulbs, but how do they measure up to CFLs?
There are benefits to using both CFLs (or Compact Fluorescent Lighting) and LEDs (also known as Light emitting diode) but which is better, and which is the best for your home?
Florescent Lighting Basics
There are two kinds of fluorescent lighting on the market at the moment, fluorescent tubes and CFLs. Tubes tend to be used in commercial lighting applications, while CFLs are more commonly used in domestic settings. Regardless both operate in the same way.
CFLs are filled with argon gas and mercury vapour, which they then pass an electrical current through. This produces visible light!
LED Lighting Basics
LEDs pass electrical currents through microchips, which produces light. They can take several forms, including single diodes (as seen in flash lights), a cluster of diodes (as seen in light bulbs) and they can even be built into fixtures!
Now we understand how both methods of lighting work, which one is better?
In the past, LEDs were associated with more specific directional lighting, while CFLs were good at producing more general lighting, making them a good option for larger rooms.
However, innovations in LED technology, such as new lenses, diffuser shapes refractors ensuring a wider spread of light, so it’s no longer an either/or situation. On top of this, CFLs tend to buzz, flicker and take a while to switch on, whereas LEDs do not, making LEDs a better option for offices and other places where you need to focus.
This is the key difference between LEDS and CFLs- LEDs are a lot safer! This is because CFLs use toxic materials (including mercury) as part of their construction. While this is perfectly safe in the day to day running of your lights, it can lead to some health concerns should your bulb break.
Both CFLs and LEDs are more efficient compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, so if you’re still using halogens or incandescent bulbs either one is a great upgrade for saving energy and money. In a direct comparison, however, LEDs win out, with LEDs typically using about half the watts of an CFL!
With all this in mind, while CFLs are a great upgrade to older light bulbs, LEDs are a much better choice!
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