LED and fluorescent lights are two of the most popular lighting options for large facilities nowadays. People may think they are very similar at a glance. However, they are in fact very different in the ways they function, their usable lifespan, and their energy cost, according to a blog from Panel Built.
Let’s first take a look at their history and what they are. According to Panel Built, an LED, or “light-emitting diode,” bulb was developed in the 1960s. It can transfer electricity directly into light. There is a semiconductor inside of an LED light bulb, and when the current goes through it, it “gives off photons which produce light.”
On the other hand, fluorescent lights were developed in the mid-1800s. According to Panel Built, fluorescent light is “typically a tube that has a mercury vapor and a phosphor coating on the inside of it.” When the light bulb is galvanized, the electric current will excite “the mercury vapor which causes it to emit ultraviolet light.” The UV light will then be absorbed by the phosphor coating and re-emitted “in the form of visible lighting.”
According to the Department of Energy, LED lights are better than fluorescent light in several areas:
Fluorescent lights, on the other hand, are better than LED lights in a few areas:
If you are running a business in a facility for more than 3 years, and you want to lower your energy cost, think about upgrading your current lighting system to LED lighting. With a LED lighting system, you can worry less about common lighting problems, such as bulbs overheating or possible poisoning from fluorescent bulb chemicals. Moreover, it only takes about 3 to 5 days to install, depending on the size of your business. If you are interesting in doing so, please contact one of our energy experts here.
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