Lighting Showdown: LED vs. Incandescent Outdoor Lighting
|Higher ||Lower |
Cost of operation
|Longer ||Shorter |
|More energy efficient||Less energy efficient|
|More durable ||Less durable |
|Less light||More light|
Advantages of LED Lighting
- Energy-efficiency - LED lighting uses less energy to operate than other lighting options. LED lights also release less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than other lights.
- Cost of operation - Because they use less energy, LED lights cost less to operate than incandescent lights.
- Durability - LED lights are frequently manufactured using a more reliable material than incandescent CFL and halogen options.
Limitations of LED Lighting
- Upfront cost - The upfront cost of LED lights can be significantly greater than that of incandescent lighting.
- Light output - LED lights have fewer lumens than incandescent lights, so they don't have as much light output.
Advantages of Incandescent Lighting
- Upfront cost - Incandescent lights cost much less upfront than LED lights, making your original purchase more cost effective in the short term.
- Energy efficiency - While incandescent lighting isn't as efficient as LED lighting, you'll find that CFL and halogen lighting offer more energy efficiency than older incandescent bulbs.
- Light output - CFL and halogen lights have more lumens, which means that they have a higher output of light per watt.
Limitations of Incandescent Lighting
- Durability - Incandescent lighting is often made of glass and can be easily breakable.
- Cost over time - While new incandescent lights are more energy efficient than old incandescent lights, they are not as efficient as LED lights. These lights tend to have a higher cost over time because they use more electricity than LED lighting.
- High carbon footprint - Incandescent lighting uses more energy and releases more carbon dioxide into the air than LED lights.
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