This post is the third in a series focused on identifying important differences between light emitting diodes (LEDs), the light source of the future, and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), the light source of the present. To check out the rest of the series, click here.
When deciding which light source to choose, one of the most important factors you should consider is how long the light will last.
A longer-lasting light bulb means you won’t have to spend as much money on replacement light bulbs, and you won’t have to waste time and energy on maintenance and upkeep.
You should also consider that even after LEDs reach their forecasted rated life, they’ll continue to emit light, becoming progressively dimmer until after awhile, when they no longer emit enough light to be useful. If an LED ever appears to be burned out, it’s probably due to an electrical malfunction or some other component within the lighting system (like the LED driver).
On the other hand, CFLs will completely burn out at some point in time.
Stay tuned as we continue to explore the differences between LEDs and CFLs!