Have you ever been curious about the differences between LED lighting and incandescent lighting? In this post, I will be going through the differences between both of these forms of lightings and which ones I believe are better.
What is an incandescent light?
These are your classic light bulbs, the way they produce light is through heating a wire filament to a temperature that results in the generation of light. The metal wire is surrounded by a glass bulb that is either filled with an inert gas or is a vacuum. The benefits of this type of lighting are that they are cheap to manufacture, they are cheap and they are also the standard in most houses and are widely available. This is about where the pro’s stop, however, incandescent lighting is terribly inefficient. They have the worst energy efficiency rating on the market at 10 lumens per watt usage. It loses a majority of its energy to heat. They also have to worst lifespan for any type of lighting on the market!
LED stands for light emitting diode, a diode is an electric device that has two electrodes which have electricity running through them when current passes through the semiconductor material the device emits visible light! Now it’s going to turn one-sided pretty quickly here, the pros of LED lightning pretty significantly outweigh the pros of traditional incandescent lighting.
- The lifespan of an LED light is substantially better than an incandescent, actually, they have the longest lifespan of all the different lighting types. Amazingly LED’s can have a lifespan of up to 100000 hours which is a great deal more than the ~1200 hours of a standard light bulb.
- Efficiency wise, LED’s are on another level as well, they are extremely energy efficient. This is also in comparison to all other types of lighting on the market, they are so efficient because they lose very little of their energy to heat and because they emit their light over 180 degrees rather than 360 which reduces the amount of losses from redirecting or reflecting light.
- LED lighting has little to no maintenance cost
- The light generated from LED’s is very high quality.
- There is a bunch more minor pros also. LED lighting can produce a wide range of colours, they are really good for lighting up certain areas because they emit naturally directional light, they are also quite small and have a faster switching period ( no warming up required)
So by now, you are probably thinking… why would I ever bother with incandescent lighting? Well, the reason for that is, cost. It is significantly cheaper to buy and set up other forms of lighting. The setup costs of setting up a LED lighting setup are generally much higher, however, the cost of LED lighting is dropping pretty consistently so in the future it may be the lighting choice of everyone.