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LED vs. Incandescent vs. CFL - Comparison Chart


 

 

Parameters Light Emitting Diodes (LED) Incandescent
Light Bulbs
Compact Fluorescents (CFL)
Energy Efficiency
& Energy Costs
Life Span (average)  50,000 hours 1,200 hours 8,000 hours
Watts of electricity used
(equivalent to 60 watt bulb).
6 - 8 watts 60 watts 13-15 watts
Kilo-watts of Electricity used
(30 Incandescent Bulbs per year equivalent)
329 KWh/yr. 3285 KWh/yr. 767 KWh/yr.
Contains the TOXIC Mercury No No Yes - Mercury is very toxic to your health and the environment
RoHS Compliant Yes Yes No - contains 1mg-5mg of Mercury and is a major risk to the environment
Carbon Dioxide Emissions
(30 bulbs per year) 
451 pounds/year 4500 pounds/year 1051 pounds/year
Important Facts
Sensitivity to low temperatures None Some Yes - may not work under negative 10 degrees Fahrenheit or over 120 degrees Fahrenheit
Sensitive to humidity No Some Yes
On/off Cycling No Effect Some Yes - can reduce lifespan drastically
Turns on instantly Yes Yes No - takes time to warm up
Durability Very Durable - LED can handle jarring and bumping Not Very Durable - glass or filament can break easily Not Very Durable - glass can break easily
Heat Emitted 3.4 btu's/hour 85 btu's/hour 30 btu's/hour
Failure Modes Not typical Some Yes - may catch on fire, smoke, or emit an odour
Light Output
Lumens Watts Watts Watts
450 4-5 40 9-13
800 6-8 60 13-15
1,100 9-13 75 18-25
1,600 16-20 100 23-30
2,600 25-28 150 30-55

 

 

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