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The Difference Between CFL & LED Lighting: How Your Business Can Save!

  
  
  

Cutting costs and growing concerns of environmental responsibility are moving many to consider new ways to reduce energy consumption. Did you know that switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to lower your energy bill?

In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing 15 inefficient incandescent bulbs with energy-saving bulbs could save you about $50 per year. Choosing the most efficient bulb has gotten easier, too. Common light bulbs sold in the U.S. must consume less energy (watts) for the amount of light produced, known as lumens. Many bulbs already meet these standards, including energy-efficient incandescent, CFLs, and LEDs.

Although most people are familiar with incandescent bulbs, some may not be as familiar with CFLs and LEDs. Read on to learn more!

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What are LEDs?

Right now, LEDs are one of the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technologies available to consumers. According to the U.S.Department of Energy,  LED bulbs offer similar light quality to traditional incandescents, but last 25 times as long and use even less energy than CFLs!

LED bulbs are rapidly expanding in popularity. ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs come in a variety of colors and use only about 20%-25% of the energy used by incandescent bulbs. Some are dimmable or offer convenient features such as daylight and motion sensors.

In addition, incandescent bulbs and CFLs get hot, which means they heat up rooms. LEDs, on the other hand, usually have a built in mechanism to prevent this heat build-up. Furthermore, LED systems aren’t as sensitive to on-off cycling, which makes them perfect for motion sensors, outdoor lights, and dimmers. Perhaps their biggest advantage is that they are mercury-free and do not require special handling should they break or wear out. While LEDs cost more than incandescent and CFLs, they still save money by lasting longer and consuming less energy.

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What are CFLs?

CFLs are small, curly versions of those long tube lights you may have in your kitchen or garage. ENERGY STAR®-qualified CFLs last 10 times longer and are 25 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs.

For people thinking of making the switch, consider this: ENERGY STAR®-qualified CFLs use about 75% less energy and can typically pay for themselves in energy savings in less than 9 months!  You can buy CFLs that offer the same brightness and colors as traditional incandescent bulbs. Some CFLs are even encased in a cover to further diffuse the light and provide a shape similar to traditional incandescent bulbs.

CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury and require special handling if they are broken. CFLs should be recycled at the end of their lifespan. Many retailers recycle CFLs for free. Visit epa.gov/cfl for cleanup and safe disposal steps.

Want to learn more ways to save energy and cut costs for your business? Read: Spring & Summer Energy Savings Tips for Your Business

Comments

CFL and LED both are good options for lighting system, but if we talk about energy saving and money saving, then LED lights are the best option. I also use LED lights in my business. I am a warehouse owner and it is very important to save money on lighting so, I have LED high bay in my warehouse.
Posted @ Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:17 AM by jennifier
That's right, Jennifer- LED's are the best option! So glad to hear you've made the switch and are reaping the benefits of energy-saving lighting for your business!
Posted @ Thursday, September 19, 2013 8:00 AM by Christie Cuevas
I agree with your comments on energy saving LED lamps. However I'm concerned when we have a transformer working a single lamp. Each transformer is producing a lot of heat and heat means energy consumed. Does the LED save enough to offset the cost of the transformer? Thanks for being green.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 01, 2013 5:39 AM by Bob
Thanks, Bob, and that's a great question! Although LEDs are an investment initially, the cost is recouped over time and in battery savings. To see a cost comparison between the different types of energy-saving light bulbs and evaluate which will be best for you, visit: http://eartheasy.com/live_led_bulbs_comparison.html 
 
Hope this helps!
Posted @ Tuesday, October 01, 2013 7:45 AM by Corie Eisenberg
Nice description 
 
to know more about led lights 
visit the website
Posted @ Tuesday, October 08, 2013 1:49 AM by Efftronicsledlights
We offer a highly competitively priced line of our branded ARRA Lighting, Ceramic Metal Halide, Commercial Induction lighting and Electronic HID. 
Posted @ Thursday, October 31, 2013 11:06 PM by Arra Lighting
nice explantion. 
Posted @ Friday, January 03, 2014 3:08 AM by ismail
LED light is a great invention of science. It is a kind of light which can produce much output within low voltages. 
Posted @ Thursday, January 09, 2014 6:51 AM by led lighting manufacturers in Hyderabad
LED lighting different than other light sources, such as incandescent and CFL. Energy-efficient commercial led lighting outshine the competition while saving you money.
Posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 5:02 AM by Tracy R
CFL is power saving and also cost effective
Posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 4:24 AM by CFL Lamp Manufacturers in Noida
Thanks for sharing the site... 
We offer a highly competitively priced line of our branded ARRA Lighting, Ceramic Metal Halide, Commercial Induction lighting and Electronic HID. 
http://www.rtglighting.com/Long_Lamp_Life.html 
Posted @ Saturday, January 25, 2014 3:45 AM by Energy Efficient Lighting
Obviously the led light is the best source of light in this present age. Led lights consume less amount of energy and emits very less amount of heat as compared to other old lights so for making the world brighter and ecofriendly shift your lighting source to led lights.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:56 AM by DerekBoyle
We can easily get information about the LED by using ledlighting.com.au
Posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:29 AM by ledlighting
There is Optic Fibre Lighting Company which deals in fibre optic internal pool lights.
Posted @ Friday, May 09, 2014 4:44 AM by Opticfibrelighting
CFL and Led Lights both are the best and perform different – different operation. Mainly use for saving electricity and electricity bills. Both are most widely used as the representatives of the home lighting and decorative lighting in daily life.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 02, 2014 1:32 AM by pitbuljain
This is a very interesting article. The information is well researched and highly 
informative. I love the way the tpics are choosen. They are so useful in our 
day to day life
Posted @ Tuesday, July 15, 2014 2:51 AM by LEDstreetlight
Thanks for the nice and informative article about LED lights and yes you provides solid  
 
reasons for the success of LED Lights 
- See more at:LEDstreetlight
Posted @ Tuesday, July 15, 2014 2:54 AM by LEDstreetlight
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