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The Battle of Bulbs – LED VS Fluorescent

ByAnthony Hendriks

Dec 18, 2017

It would be uncommon nowadays to come across a home that does not have a computer, TV or kitchen appliances that use up seemingly over-abundant amounts of electricity and result in bills that can burn such a hole in your pocket that your pants are going to be smoking (chuckles). But aside from the electrical gadgets, the lights can also be a problem if you are trying to cut down on the power usage.

Depending on exactly how big your house is, how large of a number of lights you have installed, and of course, what type of lights you are using, they can be held responsible for anything between a tenth and a fourth of the entire homes electricity bill. However seeing as how the ability to see isn’t exactly a needless luxury, we must look to other solutions to make our spending more prudent.

When it comes to the kinds of lights that can be used, fluorescent lights don’t have nearly as many benefits as both the indoor and outdoor lighting LED lights. LED lights are famous for using very little electricity because of their low voltage, however, despite this they are not inferior in terms of brightness to the other kinds of lights. The lower voltage also means they generate less heat as well.

Admittedly, both the indoor and outdoor lighting LED are initially pricier than the regular fluorescent lights, but they more than make up for it in the long run by way of their superior longevity and durability. This is important since a light’s brightness can deteriorate based on how just how many times it is turned on and off, so eventually they will have to be replaced. However, the LED lights’ sturdier shape and longer lifespan mean that said replacements will happen less frequently and be done with less risk of damaging the bulb or hurting yourself.

The one prominent distinction in function between the two types of lights would have to be that the fluorescent covers a wide area, while the LED is designed to generate directional light. Though this could be used to positive effects when you have more of the same type of lighting fixture in a row, like in parking garages or on the streets, it is considered as a disadvantage. The good news though is that this disadvantage is the only one and it is overshadowed by the much more impressively sized list of advantages.

By Anthony Hendriks

The life of the party, Anthony is always up for spending some time with family and friends, when not blogging of course! Ever since a child, his love for books of mystery, race cars and travelling keeps on growing so it's difficult for him to single out that one all-time favourite hobby. If there's one thing he hates, though, it's having pictures taken but you already guessed that from his choice of plant photo for the blog.