CFL And LED Light Bulbs: Myth vs Fact

January 1, 2014 marked the beginning of a planned phase-out of low-efficiency 40– and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs. And while the switch to compact fluorescent (CFL) or light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs makes good financial and environmental sense, many consumers have fallen victim to a number of myths and misconceptions. Read on to learn the truth behind some of the more pervasive myths regarding these energy efficient and environmentally friendly light bulbs.

Myth: CFL and LED light bulbs are too expensive!

Fact: It’s true that CFL and LED light bulbs are more expensive up front than the traditional incandescent light bulbs.  However, it’s important for consumers to bear in mind that CFL and LED light bulbs use significantly less energy and last much longer than their incandescent counterparts.  This means that while you’ll pay more for the actual light bulb, in the long run you’ll save money. CFL and LED light bulbs need replaced much less often, and because they use less energy, you’ll see the savings every month on your electric bill. 

And thanks to increased demand, CFL and LED bulbs are getting more affordable, which means their cost-effectiveness will only get better.

Myth: CFL light bulbs are too dangerous!

Fact: Yes, CFLs contain mercury and do require more careful handling and disposal than incandescent light bulbs.  However, the mercury concern has been greatly exaggerated.  A typical CFL contains only three to five milligrams of mercury; much less than the 500 milligrams contained in an old-fashioned thermometer!  And because only a tiny percentage of that actually leaks out after breakage, you would have to let a broken bulb sit around for several weeks before it released enough mercury to cause problems.  Simply follow the procedures for clean up developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, and mercury exposure should not be a concern.

Myth: These new bulbs won’t work with my dimmer switch!

Fact: This one is partially true; regular CFL light bulbs aren’t compatible with dimmer switches.  However, most LED bulbs are indeed dimmable!

Myth: Energy-efficient bulbs don’t work in the cold!

Fact: This is another partially true myth that probably results from consumers confusing CFL and LED light bulbs.  CFL light bulbs can be affected by the cold, and are not suitable for outdoor usage in extremely cold climates.  However, as with dimmer switches, LED light bulbs can be used instead; these won’t be affected by the cold.

Now that you’ve had some of these myths about CFL and LED light bulbs busted, you can buy replacement bulbs from places like Pacific Lamp Wholesale Inc with confidence.  Your wallet and the environment will thank you!

Author: Emma Days

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