Tastefully installed, bright LED and CFL light fixtures both have their advantages. While CFL lighting, depending on whom installs them, is generally more economical and easier to install, LED lighting serves the purpose of reducing costs in the long run.
SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM COST COMPARISONS BETWEEN THE TWO
When you’re comparing costs between the two, you may notice that a typical CFL lighting system costs less up front to implement. There are several reasons that make LED lighting more sensible to install, such as:
- LED lighting can save an ample amount of money on a long term scale as LED lights last much longer than CFL lights
- CFL lights may appear less expensive, until you compare the long-term energy costs between the two and discover that LEDs use much less overall energy.
- Due to the continuing evolution of production processes, LED lighting is becoming cheaper to produce and more effective as time goes by.
LED ADVANTAGES IN TERMS OF CONVENIENCE AND APPLICATION
Convenience also plays a major role in our daily decision-making process. CFL lighting fixtures fit this role — until they begin to break. LEDs carry a few advantages in the realms of both convenience and functionality for reason such as the following:
- CFL lights are convenient until they begin to break. LED fixtures are much less prone to failure, breakage, or need of replacement.
- The mercury contained in CFL bulbs can cause major headaches when one shatters, causing a messy cleanup
- A bright LED system can make both commercial and residential scenery much more aesthetically pleasing
- CFL lights are definitely much more pleasing to the eye than traditional, eye-invasive fluorescent lights but are no more improved optically than standard incandescent bulbs
You may find that the energy efficiency of well-placed, properly installed, bright LED lighting systems may be a much more sound investment over CFL lighting. This may prove especially true when you factor in the overall reduced maintenance and actual lighting capabilities.