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LEDs Vs. CFLs: Which Is Better In Your Home?

Written By: Warm Thoughts Communications on February 8, 2021

lightbulb choices new englandWhen it comes to saving energy, the little things matter—and one of the most important little things you can do to lower your home’s energy bills is to be mindful of the type of lighting you use.

Conventional light bulbs—commonly referred to as incandescent bulbs—are grossly inefficient. In fact, only about 10% of the energy used to keep an incandescent bulb powered up is used to create light; the rest is released as heat. In effect, when you use incandescent bulbs, your lamp is more effective as a space heater than as a light source!

The good news is that over the years, technology has given us alternatives to the incandescent bulb. The two most prominent replacement options available today are light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Both are available at your local hardware store, and both present a big energy-efficiency upgrade from incandescent bulbs.

Taking A Closer Look At Light Bulbs

Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulbs

Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

To learn more about energy-efficient light bulbs, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s website.

The Takeaway: LEDs Rule!

Although both CFLs and LEDs are big steps up from incandescent bulbs, the versatility, efficiency, eco-friendliness and durability of LEDs make them a clear winner in the CFL vs. LED matchup. While they cost more to buy and install, they result in lower energy bills and have a much longer lifespan than any other lighting option. They’re also better for the environment than CFLs (in several ways). The bottom line? Choose LEDs!

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