The benefits of LED lighting
We offer a brief comparison of modern energy saving and environment safe lighting technology.
Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are made by taking a regular fluorescent tube and curving it into a compact design that install easily into commonplace incandescent installations. In general, CFLs use up to 75% less electricity than conventional light bulbs while still producing a similar amount of light. For example, a compact fluorescent lamp that uses 27 watts of electricity has the same light production as a 100 watt incandescent bulb. The usual efficiency of CFLs is 40~50 lumens of light produced per watt electricity consumed.
Not alike usual fluorescent lights, however, compact fluorescent lights do not flicker. What’s more, CFLs produce the same, if not better, quality light as conventional incandescent bulbs. This means you get brighter, sharper light for much less energy.
CFLs also last much longer than incandescent lights, meaning you won’t need to replace them as often as typical bulbs. In commonplace, for every ten incandescent light bulbs you replace, you shall only ought to replace 1 CFL. Not only does this save money, it also reduces the labor to change the lights.
There are a number cons for CFL technology too. As regular fluorescent lights, CFLs have noticeable amount of mercury. This is an exceedingly toxic material if leaked or disposed.
While Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have existed for decades in household appliances, computers and clocks, they’ve only in recent past gained acceptance as energy-efficient replacements to both incandescent and CFL lamps.
LEDs are miniature lights produced by moving electrons in a semiconductor. There is no burning gas or filaments so LEDs are more lasting and generate little to no heat. Their modest dimensions also makes LEDs especially defiant to elements and can even be waterproofed for more outrageous circumstances.
Just like compact fluorescent lights, LEDs are also amazingly energy efficient and use only a fraction of the energy needed to light a single incandescent lamp. In fact, LEDs use 1/50 of the energy of an usual bulb and last 10 times longer than their CFL replacements. A typical LED lamp can last up to 15 years without needing to be replaced!