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8 Reasons LEDs are better than CFLs

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How can you make the decision between LEDs (Light emitting diodes) and CFLS (Compact florescent lights) when choosing lighting for your home? Take a look at these 8 reasons why LEDs are a better choice.


1. LEDs use less power

Light power is measured in watts. LEDs run at 80 lumens/watt while CFLs run at 57.5 lumens/watt. This means that you can use fewer watts for the same amount of light by switching to an LED, which will save you quite a bit of usage on your energy bill.

2. LEDs have a longer life.

LEDs last for 30,000-40,000 hours while a CFL only lasts for 6,000- 15,000. This means you will be changing your lights a lot less often and creating a lot less waste!

Another bonus of LEDs is that they have the same lifetime regardless of how they are installed. CFLs can actually heat up faster if they are upside down in a hanging or enclosed light fixture. This causes CFLs to die much faster than the estimated lifespan hours. LEDs shine bright for their entire lifespan, regardless of the type of fixture.

3. LEDs save you money


Many people are turned off by the initially higher cost of LEDs, but they will definitely save you money in the long run.  You will only need 1 LED for 25,000 hours of use, while you would need 3 CFLs for the same time span. The cost of usage for a single CFL over 23 years would be about $48, while an LED would be around $38. Ten bucks over 23 years may not seem like a lot, but this is over a 23-year time span for ONE bulb. Imagine how many light bulbs are in your home and imagine how that would translate into energy bill savings.

4. LEDs do not contain toxic mercury.

CFLs contain toxic mercury, which is very bad for both your health and the environment. Not only does this create extra danger if you happen to break a CFL, it complicates your ability to safely dispose of CFLs. And remember, you’ll have to change CFLs about 4 times as often as an LED, so you’ll be dealing with disposal issues a lot.

5. LEDs are not affected by On/Off cycling.

Do you have a light in a closet that you flick on and off often? Or a high traffic room whose lights are constantly going off and on again? Well, with a CFL bulb will suffer from all those quick changes; switching a CFL on and off quickly can drastically decrease its lifespan. LEDs are in no way affected by on/off cycling, so you can be as indecisive about the on/off switch as you like, without sacrificing the lifespan of your bulb.

6. LEDs stay cool

CFLs depend on heat to emit light, while LEDs are always cool to the touch. Not only is this a big plus for safety reasons, it also gives your AC a break in the summer. You may not think the heat from your light bulbs is affecting your home’s temperature, but the combined heat of all your CFLs can make your AC unit work overtime in hot weather. LEDs don’t cause any temperature issues.

7. LEDs are great for outdoor use

Unlike CFLs, LEDs are not sensitive to extreme temperatures. CFLs may struggle to light up during cold weather, making that cold run to the garbage can even more difficult in dim light. CFLs are also sensitive to extreme humidity, which could make those summer patio parties a bit unpleasant if your CFLs decide to die on you. LEDs, on the other hand, will continue to function at full capacity during all weather and do not have the danger of shattering like CFLs do.

8. LEDs have no delay or flickering

Flickering lights are just a headache waiting to happen. CFLs not only have a slight delay between the time you flip the switch to on and when the bulb actually lights up, but the bulbs are also prone to flickering. LEDs turn on immediately and never flicker. Do it for your eyes and save yourself the headaches!


LEDs are a great investment for your home. Make the switch today!


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