Comparing LED, CFL and Incandescent Light Bulbs June 6, 2013Posted by bowmanlamps in compact fluorescent light bulbs, lumen output number, energy savings, LED lighting, light bulb, Uncategorized.
Tags: CFL Light Bulbs, Incandescent Light Bulbs, LED Light Bulbs
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A light bulb is a light bulb – right? Not in today’s lighting market. There are enough light bulb styles to make a light bulb consumer dizzy. The chart below helps sort out the differences between the three main types of light bulbs, LED, Comapct Fluorescent (CFL) and incandescent.Here’s Some of the Ways in Which LED, CFL, and Incandescent Light Bulbs Vary
|Replacement / 50,000 Hrs||1||5||42|
|Avg. Life||50,000 HRS||8,000 HRS||1,200 HRS|
|Light Output per 800 Lumens||6 to 8 Watts||13 to 15 Watts||60 Watts|
|Start Up||Instant On||Slight Delay||Instant On|
|Dimmable||Yes If Designated Dimmable||Yes if Designated Dimmable||Yes|
|On-off Cycling||No Effect||Shortens Life||Minimal Effect|
|Heat Given Off||Low 3 BTU/HR||Medium 30 BTU/HR||High 85 BTU/HR|
|Sensitive to Cold||No||Yes||Some|
|Mercury Enclosed||No||Yes (Minimal)||No|
A Dependable Line of LED Lamps
Considering the bits of information above, one of the best lines of LED light bulbs I’ve found is the TCP Dimmable Floodlight series. They offer smooth, uniform dimming from 100% to 0.5% with consistent color. The lamps exceed all industry standards. Highly efficient LEDs and driver allow for long life, exceeding 25000 hours. UL listed for damp locations. Ideal for use in recessed cans, track lights, display lights and outdoor fixtures (protected from the elements).
I have these in my family room. They give off good dim well. Visitors don’t even notice they are LED flood lights. You may read about them here.
Awesome Dimming CFL Light Bulbs
I also use the TCP line of Pro Series TruDim dimmable CFL light bulbs in my kitchen. With uniform dimming from 100% down to 2% and digital technology for faster run-up time, they beat other CFL dimmables. Most start flickering when dimmed down past 20%. Take a look here. They are available in spiral, R20, R30, R40 floodlights, A-lamp and G25 or G40 globe shapes.
As for Incandescents….
There are two incandescent light bulbs left in my house. One in the almost-inaccessible attic which was put there when we moved in 23 years ago. I think it’s been turned on once or twice. The other is in our ancient garage door opener. I’ve found LED light bulbs and CFL lamps do not work there, probably because of radio frequencey interference. Maybe your opener is different.
I’ve found CFL light bulbs to be very accomodating in my home. And with the exception of an occasional dud, long lasting – to the point I wish they would fail so I can replace them with the newer versions of LED light bulbs.