LED lighting and fluorescent lights are fantastic additions to the home. If you are a homeowner, you might not think too much about what light bulbs you need for your home currently. They all do the same job, right? Not necessarily. Choosing the right lightbulb comes down to energy usage and lifespan.
What are the main differences between fluorescent and LED light bulbs?
Fluorescent light bulbs have been around for over 100 years. They have a high-intensity gas discharge that produces light through converting ultraviolet emissions. In the later years, they were required to “warm-up”, but now with the advances of technology, fluorescents are nearly instant in providing light.
They come in standard fluorescent tubes, which are in tubs of 48 to 84 inches. Compact fluorescent lights (CFL) are much smaller than standard fluorescent lights. They were created to replace incandescent bulbs because they have greater efficiency and longevity. However, fluorescents still age quicker when frequently switched on and off. They do contain mercury, which is a hazardous material that must be disposed of properly once the light dies.
LED stands for “light-emitting diode.” Light production is formed by passing an electrical current through the diode semiconducting material. LED lights have an incredibly long lifespan, lasting anywhere from 50,000-100,000 hours or more. LED lights are also extremely energy-efficient, compared to its competitors.
They have a bright light quality and require little to no maintenance. For this reason, LED lights are commonly used in large spaces like warehouses, schools, and commercial buildings—but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them in your home, residential use is great, too!
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