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LEDs Solve CFL’s downsides

1 July 2013

The race to develop a high-quality, low-priced LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulb is heating up and for good reason. LEDs do not have the same issues that CFLs have; LEDs become bright instantly, operate in cold temperatures, and contain no mercury. In addition to all of this, they last forever! Okay not forever, but for 25,000 to 50,000 hours, which is about 12 to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs (SourceSource) Furthermore, LED bulbs  don’t suddenly burn out- they simply  fade to about 70% of their former brightness(Source).

Take a look at the graphic below for more information on how LED bulbs differ from CFLs and incandescent lights.

Let’s hear it for LEDs - GE Data Visualization

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Final note: Because they will last a lifetime and carry a higher price tag, buying an LED is similar to buying a new appliance. If you are interested in investing in a few LED bulbs, do your research.

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