We all know incandescent light bulbs are delicate. You break that filament, and it’s lights out (literally). It’s easy to understand why our basic incandescent lights are so fragile – we can see and understand the simple internal structure at a glance. But, when it comes to understanding the capabilities of LEDs and CFLs, the answers aren’t as straightforward. Both light sources use more complex systems to generate light, but does this make them any less breakable?
It’s time to dive a little deeper.
Since LEDs don’t use a filament, they can easily withstand almost any kind of jarring vibration. When you’re rough on LEDs, transporting them from place to place while in use, or keeping them in jolt-prone spots (like in and around elevators), you don’t have to worry about easily breaking or damaging them.
While CFLs don’t use the standard incandescent filament to produce light either, they are much more delicate than LEDs. Strong vibrations can quickly degrade the electrodes CFLs use to create light. CFLs are especially prone to damage after the electrodes have been weakened from a few thousand hours of use. If you have CFLs, keep them out of the way so you don’t risk any damage.