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LED Lights vs Fluorescent (CFL) vs Incandescent Light Bulbs

Learn how LED lights, CFLs, and Incandscent Lights compare and contrast in terms of energy efficiency, energy usage, environmental impacts, durability, and light (lumen) output.

If every U.S. household replaced just one standard 60 watt bulb with a P-Plus Lighting Led Bulbs, we could save 24,184,400,000 watts or 24,184.4 mega (million) watts per day. National savings information based on 103,000,000 households with an average use of 4 hrs per day per house. Based on gross watts.
Energy Efficiency Incandescent Light Bulbs Fluorescent (CFL) LED
Life Span (average) 1,200 hours 8,000 hours 50,000 hours
Watts of Electricity Used(equivalent to 60 watt bulb).LEDs use less power (watts) per unit of light generated (lumens).  LEDs help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and lower electric bills 60 watts 13-15 watt 6 - 8 watts
Annual Operating Cost. Average household has 30 bulbs in operation.  Statistic represents the usage of the 30 bulbs for 5 hours per day. $361.35/year $84.32/year $42.16/year
Environmental Incandescent Light Bulbs Fluorescent (CFL) LED
Carbon Dioxide Emissions (Carbon Footprint).Lower energy consumption decreases: CO2 emissions, sulfur oxide, and high-level nuclear waste.For this example we will use the average watts used for LED lights and CFLs that compare to a 60-watt Incandscent light bulb for comparable light output. The time frame will be 5 hours/day for 365 days/year for 30 bulbs per household. 4405 pounds/year 1028 pounds/year 514 pounds/year
Contains the TOXIC Mercury. A silvery-colored poisonous elemental metal that is liquid at room temperature. No Yes - Toxic for your health and the environment. No
RoHS Compliant (Reduction Of Hazardous Substances).The maximum concentration limits on hazardous materials used in electrical and electronic equipment. Enforced by the European Union. Yes No - contains 1mg-5mg of Mercury and is a major risk to the environment Yes
Important Facts Incandescent Light Bulbs Fluorescent (CFL) LED
Sensitivity to low temperatures Some Yes - may not work under negative 10 degrees Fahrenheit or over 120 degrees Fahrenheit None
Sensitive to humidity Some Yes - canhave a higher failure rate in more humid climates/weather. No
On/off Cycling.Switching a CFL on/off quickly, in a closet for instance, may decrease the lifespan of the bulb. Some Yes - can reduce lifespan drastically No Effect
Turns on instantly Yes No - takes time to warm up the Mercury to achieve maximum light output. Yes
Durability Not Very Durable - glass or filament can break easily Not Very Durable - glass can break easily Very Durable - LEDs can handle jarring and bumping
Heat Emitted.Incandescent bulbs emit large amounts of heat which can increase air conditioning costs and energy consumption while using air conditioning. 85 btu’s/hour 30 btu’s/hour 3.4 btu’s/hour
Possibility of Mechanical Failure Some Yes - may catch on fire, smoke, or omit an odor Not typical
Minimum Light Output Incandescent Light Bulbs Fluorescent (CFL) LED
Measures luminous flux or total packets of light produced by a light source
The unit of power.The amount of energy transferred in one second
250 25 4-9 3
450 40 9-13 4-5
800 60 13-15 6-8
1,100 75 18-25 9-13
1,600 100 23-30 16-20
2,000 125 28-40 20-25
2,600 150 30-55 25-28
Streetlight 90 LED 250W Mercury-vapor
Light source 1W LED (90pcs) (OSRAM)HQL 250W
Central luminance 15-16Lux at 7m 15-16Lux at 7m
Beam angle 120° 150°
Life Span 100,000 hours 15,000 hours
Energy consumption per year 442kWh /year 1068kWh /year
Ultraviolet hazards No ultraviolet emission Emits ultraviolet
LED Streetlight Mercury-vapor Streetlight
Lumen OSRAM HQL Lumen
28 LEDs - 28W 2300 50W~80W 1800~3800
56 LEDs - 56W 5000 80W~125W 3800~6300
112 LEDs-112W 10000 125W~250W 6300~13000
168 LEDs-168W 14000 250W~400W 13000~22000
Source: US Dept of Energy / Osram