There are a lot of differences between standard light bulbs and LEDs, and there is a lot to consider in choosing one to use for your home or business. Here at Mr. Sunshine's Home Services, we know that. However, there are a lot of recent advances in LED lighting technology, and it seems that all production in lighting will soon move entirely away from old fluorescents.
So, let's see why.
The fluorescent light bulb may go by many names, from CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) to HID (High-Intensity Discharge) lights. Different sizes also get different names, but all fluorescent lights work in the same way; they turn electricity into ultraviolet radiation and then release that radiation through gas. When people first started to use these lights, prolonged exposure to electricity was often needed before they could even turn on, but today, they light up nearly instantly.
Fluorescent lights have the power to light up large areas pretty efficiently. They also have a longer service life, but this may be lowered if the light is turned on and off frequently since this disrupts the gas/ultraviolet radiation flow. Compared to older versions of lightbulbs, fluorescents give off a relatively low amount of heat as well as more diffused rays of light.
On the other hand, fluorescent lights contain toxic materials- mercury and phosphor. When one of these lights break, these materials can leak out into its surroundings and cause possible hazards if not cleaned properly. Not only this, but fluorescent lights also emit trace amounts of ultraviolet radiation, the same radiation used inside the bulb to create light. The problem with this is the fact that UV light can cause fading of color in painted or fragile items that are exposed to them frequently.
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, and they work differently; electricity moves through two electrodes to create visible light. LEDs have the upper hand on pretty much every aspect of fluorescent lights, from lifespan to energy efficiency to quality of light. They have a service life range of 25,000 to 200,000 hours, higher than any other type of bulb on the market, and they have about one-third lower average energy cost over 20 years, compared to fluorescents.
The only downside to LED lights is the upfront cost, as they are more expensive than other light types available today. However, they also outlast the lives of those other types and cost less in energy use over that timespan. We also can't forget that many people today are already making the switch away from fluorescents because of the waste disposal issues they pose with the toxins they contain and the higher efficiency of light use LEDs can have.
In the end, there are a lot of good reasons to pick LED. And, if you do choose to change from fluorescents to LED lights, Mr. Sunshine's Home Services can help you. We offer light installation services to keep your home up-to-date with the quality of light that LEDs can provide.