LED vs Incandescent vs CFLs

Comparison Chart LED Lights vs. Incandescent Light Bulbs vs. CFLs

ENERGY EFFICIENCY & ENERGY COSTS LIGHT EMITTING DIODES(LEDs) INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS COMPACT FLUORESCENTS(CFLs)
Life Span (average)
50,000 hours
1,200 hours
8,000 hours
Watts of electricity used (equivalent to 60 watt bulb). LEDs use less power (watts) per unit of light generated (lumens). LEDs help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and lower electric bills
6 – 8 watts
60 watts
13-15 watts
Kilo-watts of Electricity used (30 Incandescent Bulbs per year equivalent)
329 KWh/yr.
3285 KWh/yr.
767 KWh/yr.
Annual Operating Cost (30 Incandescent Bulbs per year equivalent)
$32.85/year
$328.59/year
$76.65/year
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT LIGHT EMITTING DIODES(LEDs) INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS COMPACT FLUORESCENTS(CFLs)
Contains the TOXIC Mercury
No
No
Yes – Mercury is very toxic to your health and the environment
RoHS Compliant
Yes
Yes
No – contains 1mg-5mg of Mercury and is a major risk to the environment
Carbon Dioxide Emissions (30 bulbs per year) Lower energy consumption decreases: CO2 emissions, sulfur oxide, and high-level nuclear waste.
451 pounds/year
4500 pounds/year
1051 pounds/year
IMPORTANT FACTS LIGHT EMITTING DIODES(LEDs) INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS COMPACT FLUORESCENTS(CFLs)
Sensitivity to low temperatures
None
Some
Yes – may not work under negative 10 degrees Fahrenheit or over 120 degrees Fahrenheit
Sensitive to humidity
No
Some
Yes
On/off Cycling Switching a CFL on/off quickly, in a closet for instance, may decrease the lifespan of the bulb.
No Effect
Some
Yes – can reduce lifespan drastically
Turns on instantly
Yes
Yes
No – takes time to warm up
Durability
Very Durable – LEDs can handle jarring and bumping
Not Very Durable – glass or filament can break easily
Not Very Durable – glass can break easily
Heat Emitted
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 FLUORESCENTS(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
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