LED or Traditional Bulbs for Your Indoor Grow Lights?
If there is one thing quite compelling about contemporary society, is the innovations characterizing every part of life. Commercial and domestic lighting has not been left behind, and there are now energy efficient bulbs in the mode of light emitting diodes or simply LED and CFL (compact fluorescent bulbs).
The LED lights have grown out of clustering miniature bulbs which started with headlamps and torch applications. Currently, there are as many as 180 bulbs in every cluster in bulbs. They are enclosed in diffuser lens that disseminates the light in broader beams.
Despite the numerous advantages associated with LED, there are still some people using the traditional bulbs in their homes. In the following write up, we discuss some of the differences between the efficient energy LEDs and the conventional incandescent lights.
- Energy efficiency: one of the selling points for LEDs is their energy saving feature. According to manufacturers, you can save up to 80% energy by switching from the traditional bulb. This means significant savings on energy bills, but this has not entirely convinced some home users.
- The Cost: while differences in cost between LEDs and incandescent bulbs may not be much, people tend to notice it when purchasing – they naturally choose the cheaper version even by few a dollars.
- The Lifespan: LEDs have a longer lifespan than the incandescents. Even though they are a little expensive than their counterparts, the more extended lifespan more than makes up for it. But one shortcoming is that the bulbs can overheat, and proper ventilation may be required.
- The spread: the traditional bulbs spread the light more spherically. In contrast, LEDs are directional and which is an advantage for specific applications such as under-cabinet lighting. However, they do not make the best table lamps.
- Environmentally friendly: the fear with the majority of people is that LEDs contain harmful chemicals like their energy efficient counterparts, the CFL. However, this is just a misconception as they do not contain mercury.
- Color: the incandescent bulb is quite famous for its warm light, and people tend to shun the LEDs because of the unappealing bluish light. But this is what LEDs used to be. You can currently choose LEDs that are precisely like the incandescent bulbs. Manufacturers now include the color of the bulb on the packing.
Well, the majorities of people don’t use that much lighting in their homes and don’t see much difference in their total energy bills upon switching.
The high production cost for LEDs has been a barrier to widespread use. However, the development of cheap silicon wafers as a possible replacement for sapphire-based technology is quite promising. This means that we might actually have cheaper LEDs on the market in the near future.
Newer LEDs are coming with diffusers allowing dispersion of light similar to incandescent bulbs.
Among the factors driving the popularity of the incandescent bulb include habits. They are what they have known for most of their lives and changing from what’s familiar is not usually easy. However, LEDs are gradually catching up, and with the drop in costs, it will be the default light in the near future.