CFL or LED lights? Which One Should I Buy?

If you are like many home owners, you are either replacing your incandescent light bulbs with CFL bulbs or you are starting to replace your CFL bulbs with LED bulbs. And if you are still using incandescent bulbs and have not discovered the joy of not having to replace one or two light bulbs every month, well, now is the time to start your research on a new alternative.

I am not going to detail all the reasons to go to more energy efficient light technologies, but I will say, your home is filled with light bulbs (a lot more than you think!) and the choices you make concerning light technology have ripple effects in both your monthly electric bills and in your replacement time and costs. Of course, CFL's are more expensive than incandescent bulbs and LED are more expensive than CFL bulbs. But these newer bulbs are guaranteed to last longer and to use a lot less energy. In the case of LED bulbs, WAY less energy than an incandescent bulb.

There are some reported down sides to CFL bulbs. Because they have mercury inside the bulb, if the curly part of the bulb breaks, it can let toxic mercury out into your home. I don't know a lot about this, but it sounds like something that I don't want in my home--especially in my kids rooms. So, I have started replacing my CFL bulbs with LED bulbs in the nursery and other rooms where my boys spend a lot of time--just in case. I have also started putting LED bulbs into rooms where the lights tend to stay on all day long--like our home office and work spaces. It is a gradual transition for us, but one that I notice a difference in the technology.

One of the big differences that I really like with LED bulbs is how fast they illuminate the room. This has been one of my pet peeve's with CFL bulbs--they take almost 1 minute to warm up. In places where I want instant lighting--like a hall way where the thermostat is located, waiting for the CFL to warm up while I check the thermostat in the middle of the night is not fun. And because Austin has fast changing weather conditions, programmed theromostats just don't keep up with the changes fast enough (moving from heat in the morning, to AC in the afternoon and back to the heater--all in one day!).

So, if you are considering LED and have not made the switch, check it out. And do your home work; there are all kinds of LED bulbs out there. It is a whole new world. You can get them cheaper on below!


  1. With the advent of commercial LED lighting it has become even easier for businesses to set the lighting to suit the people working in the company; rather than having to move people and workstations to suit a lighting plan that may have been devised fifty or sixty years earlier.

  2. LED lights have really come a long way. This advanced application was first used . Since then, the technology has evolved in the most brilliant manner. With the passage of time, LED technology has undergone several technical and scientific changes.


  3. Thinking of buying bulbs for your house? You need to buy led bulbs. The bulbs are available in almost every store thus they are easy to find. Led bulbs have a number of advantages: they are durable, consume less power, and they are beautiful. The beauty of the bulbs comes in because they come in different designs and colors. Due to their different designs and colors, you can use them in almost every room in your house. Although, the lights are available in almost every store, you should be cautious of where you buy them from. This is because there are many stores that will sell you fake bulbs. To ensure that you are scammed, you should do ample research before you part with your hard earned money.

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