LED Lights vs. Incandescent Light Bulbs vs. CFLs (Compact Fluorescent)

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Energy Efficiency
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)  
Incandescent Light Bulbs
Compact Fluorescent (CFLs)
Average Life Span

+- 50,000 hours

+-  1,200 hours

+- 8,000 hours

Watts of electricity used

6 – 8 watts

60 watts

13-15 watts

Kilo-watts of Electricity used per year

329 KWh/yr.

3285 KWh/yr.

767 KWh/yr.

Contains the TOXIC Mercury

No

No

Yes

Mercury is very toxic to your health and the environment

RoHS Compliant (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)

Yes

Yes

No

Contains 1mg-5mg of Mercury and is a major risk to the environment

Carbon Dioxide Emissions  

204.57 KG/year

2041.166 KG/year

476.272 KG/year

Sensitivity to low temperatures

None

Some

Yes

May not work at low temperatures of -23 Celsius and high temperatures of 49 Celsius.

Sensitive to humidity

No

Some

Yes

On/off Cycling switches like in day/night or closets

No Effect

Some

Yes  

Can reduce lifespan drastically.

Turns on instantly

Yes

Yes

No

Takes time to warm up usually has a yellow dull look.

Durability

Very Durable

Can handle most beating and bumps.

Not Very Durable

Glass and filament usually breaks easily.

Not Very Durable

Glass can break easily.

Heat Emitted (British Thermal Unit)

3.4 btu’s/hour

85 btu’s/hour

30 btu’s/hour

Failure Modes

Not typical

Some

Yes

May catch on fire, smoke, or omit an odor.

Light Output

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

Incandescent
Light Bulbs

Compact Fluorescent (CFLs)

Lumens

Watts

Watts

Watts

450

4-5

40

9-13

800

6-8

60

13-15

1,100

9-13

75

18-25

1,600

16-20

100

23-30

2,600

25-28

150

30-55

Useful Information:
• LEDs use less power (watts) per unit of light generated (lumens).
• LEDs can save up to 90% of light electricity usages in normal uses.
• LEDs can bring down your electricity bill per month.
• Short term LEDs cost more but Long term you save more.
• LEDs are much brighter than other lights.
• When turning on LEDs they have their white light colour and don’t need to warm up first.
• LEDs help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and lower electric bills.

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