Incandescent Light Bulbs

The US recently announced plans to phase out incandescent bulbs from the country by 2012. The EU and Australia have also followed suit by announcing their intentions of eliminating the use of incandescent light bulbs from the face of their respective countries. A worldwide campaign against global warming has convinced most governments against the use of environmentally damaging incandescent light bulbs. The immediate replacements include the CFLs and the LEDs. However, in the immediate future, it’s the CFLs that have scored over LEDs purely due to their relative inexpensiveness.

But considering the immense benefits of LED light bulbs over both incandescent and CFLs, an immediate question that needs an informed answer is: will all incandescent bulbs used in the world be replaced by LED light bulbs?

Well, there’s no straightforward answer to this. But one thing is certain. Incandescent light bulbs are slowly, but surely, on their way out of use from the world, though it’ll take some time to convince the poor and underdeveloped countries about the dangers of incandescent light bulbs. The only thing working against the LEDs is their high cost. Otherwise, there is no efficient and eco-friendly lighting technology better than the LEDs.

We have observed how LED light bulbs score over the conventional incandescent light bulbs in The Advantages of LED Light Bulbs section. Now, let’s have a look at the benefits of LEDs over CFLs for a better appreciation of this latest technology.

1.    The lifespan of LEDs is anywhere between 50,000 to 100,000 hours but CFLs don’t last beyond 10,000 hours. This translates into savings from replacement and maintenance costs.

2.    Even though LEDs are costly, the savings in terms of replacement costs are substantial.

3.    Though in a small content, toxic Mercury is used in CFLs, but the LED light bulbs do not use any such environment-unfriendly element. Considering a grave concern over global warming and environment pollution, the use of LED light bulbs is much more recommendable than either incandescent light bulbs or CFLs.

The technology is fast improving; thus, resulting in reduction in the cost of production of LEDs. Considering the overall advantages of LED light bulbs over any other alternative form of lighting, it’s just a matter of time when all incandescent light bulbs will be replaced by LED light bulbs worldwide.

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