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Why You Should Use LED Instead of Incandescent and Fluorescent Light

Lighting has become a modern day necessity of man. It has come a long way, from rubbing wood to brightening up an entire room with a simple flick of a switch. This is proof that Man is continuously evolving with the constant discoveries and innovations, improving the quality of our  daily lives.

In the Philippines, lighting makes up over 70% of electricity consumption per household. From organic to artificial, light is important and can directly affect how your day goes. It can dictate our productivity during a certain time period and affect our health. That’s why knowing and choosing the right type of bulb is crucial. We compared some bulbs and found out which are great and which are not so good for you and your family.

Fluorescent

And Why It Isn’t the Right Choice

Fluorescent lights are affordable but unlike incandescent, it lasts longer with a promise of 10,000 hours. It produces more light per watt and is efficient.

However, the downside of this type of bulb is that it contains mercury, a type of heavy metal that is dangerous to people, animals, and the environment if not properly disposed. The frequent switching on-and off can also shorten its lifespan, making you replace these bulbs more often.

Incandescent

And Why It Isn’t Decent

An incandescent bulb creates light by running electricity through a filament. Other than its affordability, this light emits a bright light perfect for a reading environment. However, because of this, the halogen light produces a burning temperature making them a potential fire hazard. It consumes a lot of energy with only 10% of electricity used to produce light and the rest to produce heat, proving that it is inefficient for a prolonged use.

With the Philippine weather, this bulb will raise your room temperature making your cooling system work harder as a result. In the long run, an incandescent light will make you spend more through your electricity bill and the frequent maintenance and changing of bulbs, since it only last for 800 to 3,500 hours.

LED

To Take the Lead

Light-Emitting Diode or LED uses only one-third of the energy of fluorescent lights with much less consumption when compared. They last more, with a capability to produce lights for 25,000 to 50,000 hours, which is 5 times longer than a fluorescent bulb. LED may be generally expensive, but with new technologies and innovation, manufacturers are now able to sell these products at a more reasonable price. This type of bulb needs a lot less heat to generate light so if your main concern is energy efficiency, an LED bulb is the right choice to make.

The Verdict

Before you make a decision, reflect on the purpose of the bulb you’re about to buy. Think of your electricity habits and time spent at home. Evaluate these factors and consider the long run. Sometimes paying a little extra now saves you money in the long run.


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