Comparing LEDs, CFLs and Incandescent Light Bulbs
While the plethora of options in the light bulb market is certainly a good thing for consumers, it also means giving more thought to what kind of light bulbs you should buy. A few years ago, most home owners would just purchase the regular incandescent bulb.
Today’s light bulbs range from big, flashy but energy-consuming monsters to small and compact energy friendly bulbs. Each has its own set of pros and cons, making it confusing for the average consumer.
Below are the most common kinds of bulbs you can buy today, along with information on what makes them so different from each other.
Incandescent Bulbs Incandescent bulbs have been around for years, but Australia and other developed countries have started to take these bulbs off the shelves, instead promoting eco-friendly and power efficient bulbs to consumers.
The lifespan of these bulbs commonly lasts for 1,200 hours and, assuming that there are 30 bulbs being used, they can consume up 3285 KWh/yr. Homeowners could spend more than $300 a year to keep these bulbs running, not to mention the cost of maintenance.
CFLs Compact fluorescent lamps or CFLs have started to become an alternative choice for bulbs. These only need to use 13-15 watts to create the same amount of light as a 60 watt incandescent can. Less power usage means less cost and less negative environmental impacts.
A major downside of these bulbs is its design. CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, which is toxic and can make disposing it a big hassle.
LEDs Considerably the best choice for power friendly lighting, LED lights can last for as long as 50,000 hours and use 6 - 8 watts to make same amount of light as a 60 watt incandescent.
These bulbs don’t contain any toxic chemicals and one of the brightest available bulbs around. They do cost a bit more, but LED lights are a great investment.
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