LED Lights VS Fluorescent Lights

Posted by Madison on March 1st, 2022

How does an LED lamp work?
LED stands for \'Light Emitting Diode\'. A diode is an electrical component with two electrodes, which only allows electricity to pass freely in one direction. Through the constant movements of the electrons in the semiconductor, light is generated.

What are the advantages of an LED fluorescent?

  • Mercury Free: Unlike fluorescents, LEDs do not contain mercury. This makes them safe for the environment.
  • Directional lighting: LEDs offer directional lighting (lighting exactly where it is needed). On the other hand, fluorescents have multi-directional light, which means some light is lost on the fixture and other unnecessary places.
  • Better Efficiency – Newer LED tubes are about 40% more efficient than fluorescent lamps.
  • Quality Light: Today\'s LEDs produce light in a variety of color temperatures similar to fluorescents, but don\'t have any flickering issues that fluorescents do.
  • Lifespan: The average lifespan of an LED tube is 50,000 hours, compared to only 30,000 hours for a fluorescent lamp.
  • Unbreakable: LED is made of polycarbonate which is unbreakable. Apart from the old fluorescent lamps, which are made of glass and therefore extremely fragile.

What is the disadvantage of the LED?
High acquisition costs: the initial investment is higher than for incandescent bulbs. Due to the long service life and high energy efficiency of LED tubes, a quick return on investment is possible.

How does a fluorescent lamp work?
A fluorescent lamp is a low-pressure mercury gas discharge lamp, which uses fluorescence to produce visible light. An electrical current stimulates the mercury gas, producing short-wave ultraviolet light, which then causes a phosphor coating inside the lamp to glow.

What are the advantages of a fluorescent lamp?
Low production costs, at least the tubes, not the ballast.
Good selection of the desired color temperature (cool white to warm white).
Diffused light - 360 degrees - good for general lighting

What are the disadvantages of a fluorescent lamp?

  • The flickering of the fluorescent lamp can harm our health (eye strain, headaches, and migraines)
  • Fluorescent flickering produces poor lighting in video playback and creates an unpleasant greenish or yellow cast on the camera
  • Diffused light (not good when you need a focused beam like in a headlamp or flashlight)
  • Poorly designed ballasts at low prices can create radio interference that disturbs other electronic devices and can cause fires when they overheat.
  • There is a small amount of mercury in the tubes

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