Differences that Make LEDs Stand out from Halogens and CFL

With history books claiming the obsolete incandescent bulbs, consumers now have more updated and energy efficient variables to chose from namely LEDs, CFLs and Halogens. But which out of these is the best bet?

By all accounts it is LEDs.

The reason for our endorsement does not come without valid reasons and proofs, a part of which we reproduce below to help you draw your own conclusions and make your own choice.

Watts:-

the amount of energy a light bulb uses. The lower the watts, the lower the electric bill. CFLs and LEDs have a lower wattage than incandescent bulbs, but emit the same light output.

Wattage Breakdown to understand the difference among different lighting sources.

Comparison Table:-

LED

Energy Savings

Save up to 80% a year in energy costs in comparison with Incandescent Lightings

Durability

Lasts up to 20+ years

Toxic Content

Do not contain mercury

Pricing

Pricing is a little on the higher side

Drawbacks

Slightly highly priced

Applications

these can have multiple applications in indoor, outdoor and industrial lighting; their directional feature makes them the perfect choice for varied applications whether to create dim, warm or cool lighting.

CFL

Energy Savings

Save up to 50% a year in energy costs in comparison with Incandescent Lightings

Durability

Lasts up to 9 years

Toxic Content

contain small amount of mercury

Pricing

Medium ranged pricing

Drawbacks

Contains mercury; has a slow start up; requires proper disposal ; cannot be used much for outdoor lighting; not very bright

Applications

Can only be applied to areas that don’t require instant lighting; they can be applied to common areas and offices where the light requires being on for a long time. They can’t be used for industrial purposes

Halogen

Energy Savings

Save up to 10-20% a year in energy costs in comparison with Incandescent Lightings

Durability

lasts up to an year

Toxic Content

Do not contain mercury

Pricing

Almost costs as much as Incandescent Lighting

Drawbacks

even though bright it dissipates a lot of heat; cannot be dimmed and used for varied applications; has limited advantages

Applications

they have limited applications which are majorly used for spotlighting; they are very bright and dissipate heat thus mostly have outdoor applications only. Halogens sometimes find use in industrial purposes but in a limited capacity