LED vs Fluro Lights - What's the difference?

Date Posted:1 August 2016 


LED vs Fluro Lights - What's the difference?

Fluorescent lights have long been the popular choice in the homes and offices of us all for many years now. That said, times have changed. If you are in the happy position of choosing some new lighting for your home or office, making the switch to an LED light might be just the smartest thing you've done, both for reducing the hit of your electricity bill, and for increasing your care and love for the environment. We want to take a look at why LEDs are the best choice. So, read on!


What do you need to consider?

When you are choosing the lights that you're going to put into your space, it's not enough any more to just look at the kind of wattage. Now when you are choosing lighting, you need to compare the prices that you are paying for your bulbs, and compare it to the longevity that they have and their energy efficiency. When you do this, you get a complete picture of what the light globes are really costing you. All you have to do is wander down to the supermarket and take a look at the cost of regular light globes and compare them to the cost of LED lights and you'd feel like LEDs are a much more expensive option.


That's true -- initially at least.


When you compare the cost of a normal light bulb to an LED light - once you know that an LED light lasts up to 20 years - you find that the overall cost of an LED light goes down rapidly when you compare them to a fluro bulb over their lifespan.


How do they work?

Many commercial buildings and office spaces have fluorescent lighting, and they lights are usually the long tubes that you see in the ceiling - which give off a murky kind of feeling, don’t you think? These lights work when electric current pass through mercury vapour in the bulb. Compare this style of lighting to LEDs - which stands for light emitting diodes - and you'll find that the lighting style is quite different. The light given off in a fluorescent bulb compared to an LED bulb is way behind in terms of clarity and warmth.


What’s the potential?

LED technology has been around for a while, but has been improved on to the extent that it's now possible to be used as an in-home lighting solution. It's a great option for replacing incandescent bulbs, CFL bulbs fluorescent lights, and halogen bulbs.


Major differences


While fluorescent lights have a lifespan of approximately 9,000 hours, the LED bulb does not have this limitation. LED lights are good for around 50,000 hours which means that they are far more of an economical, and environmental choice for your home.


Energy Consumption

LED lights only use around 30% of the power than that of fluorescent lighting and they do this by reducing the heat needed to produce light.


Lighting style

The light given off by a LED light compared to a fluro light is vastly different - with the LED light being clear and true - and the fluro light being somewhat dissipated and yellow.


If you want to know more about our range, take a look at the LED lights we have on offer.


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