There has been an ongoing debate over whether LED bulbs are better than their fluorescent counterparts. LEDs have been around for the last 50 years and contain either a single diode or a group of diodes that create light. Introduced in the early 1900s, fluorescent bulbs contain mercury which when excited by an electric current begins to glow. To compare the two types of bulbs before you purchase, one should consider their energy consumption. environmental friendliness, cost, lifespan, and heat emission.
The Better Choice is…
The LED uses approximately 6 watts of power, which is less than half than the fluorescent’s 14 watts. LED bulbs are also considered more environmentally-friendly. Mercury (inside fluorescent bulbs) is a hazardous material that needs to be disposed of properly at the end of the light’s life. Broken bulbs release a small amount of toxic mercury as a gas, which poses a danger to your home.
Although LED bulbs cost more than fluorescent bulbs at purchase, they are cheaper in the long run. LEDs have very low maintenance costs and come with no hassle. When it comes to lifespan, the LED can last up to 60,000 hours while the fluorescent bulb lasts up to only 10,000 hours. Fluorescent lights age significantly if they are frequently switched on and off (as lights typically are).
Another unique feature of the LED bulb is that it emits light rather than heat. LEDs do not have a warm-up or cool-down period. In contrast, older fluorescent lights have a brief warm-up period. Fluorescent lighting also emits a small amount of UV radiation. This ultraviolet light can cause fading to dyed items like furniture, curtains, or paintings.
In the long run, LED bulbs have more benefits when compared to fluorescent bulbs. They can save you money while also saving the environment. What’s not to like?
More Ways to Save Beyond LED Bulbs
For more ways to save, contact Tim Kyle Electrical Services. We provide energy audits to customers in the greater Baltimore area and also York and Adams Counties in PA. By examining your appliances, fixtures and other energy-hungry electrical sources, we develop a strategy to save you a little money every month on your energy bills AND help reduce your carbon footprint. If you are looking for an electrical energy audit in Hanover, contact us today.