Lighting accounts for up to 10 percent of your home’s cost for electricity. The two most common forms of energy efficiency lighting are compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Here are some distinctions between the two bulbs.
- CFLs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs.
- CFLs last eight to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
- CFLs come in different sizes and shapes to fit almost any fixture.
- CFLs start slower and can take about a minute to reach full light output.
- LEDs reduce energy costs and use at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent lighting, saving on operating expenses.
- LEDs reduce maintenance costs. They last 35 to 50 times longer than incandescent lighting and about two to five times longer than fluorescent lighting. By using LEDs, you do not need bulb replacements, ladders or ongoing disposal programs.
- LEDs reduce cooling costs. They produce very little heat.
- LEDs offer convenient features. They are available with dimming on some indoor models and automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors on some outdoor models.
- LEDs are durable. They are less likely to break like an incandescent/CFL bulb.
- LED technology is already beginning to surpass the quality and efficiency of existing lighting technologies, such as fluorescent and incandescent.
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