Two of the most widely used light bulbs when considering energy efficiency and lifespan are Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs). If you are about to replace your light bulbs which one would you choose over the other?

To help you out, JCP Electric has listed here the Pros and Cons of using one versus the

LED Bulbs

LED bulbs are used for applications requiring repeated use and extended period of time. It is one the most energy-efficient and rapidly developing lighting technologies.

They can be used in light fixtures found in the kitchen, bathroom, living area, bedrooms and outdoor lighting. These bulbs are also great for holiday lighting as these won’t cause your breaker to trip even if you attach multiple strings of lights together.

Pros of Using LED Bulbs

 LED only uses half of the energy used by fluorescent lamps.

 Compared to incandescent lighting, LED lasts up to 25 times longer.

 LEDs emit very low amount of heat. Incandescent bulbs emit 90 percent of their
energy as heat while CFLs release around 80 percent of their energy as heat.

 LEDs are more durable compared to CFLs.

 LEDs emit light in a specific direction so reflectors and diffusers won’t be needed.

 LED smart bulbs can be programmed through the use of microprocessors or integrated circuits (ICs). Your imagination is the limit.

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Cons of Using LED Bulbs

 More costly

 Has heavy metal contents

CFL Bulbs

CFLs are used in concealed fixtures found in recessed lightings. They are used when cool lighting tones are required like in hospitals.

Pros of Using CFLS

 Less expensive

 Uses 40 percent less energy than incandescent lamps

 Lasts 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs

Cons of Using CFLS

 Breaks more easily than LEDs

 CFLs emit UV radiation

 CFLs need time to warm up

 CFLs have mercury content

As you can see, both light bulbs have impressive qualities. You can refer to the pros and cons mentioned here to compare which one fits your application better.