The Ideal Bulb
While many states and countries have banned the use of old inefficient bulbs such as the halogen, the CFL or compact fluorescent lamp is also being stripped off its former label as “Economical”. The halogen was an ugly, money draining heater and even though the CFL technology enjoyed nearly two scores of attention, its prime is almost over. Folks are looking for better and safer energy efficient bulbs which can serve them as they will. Sounds like a job for LED or light emitting diode, also referred to as the “Ideal” bulb for the new era.
Why the Downfall of CFL
Now the CFL was doing a perfectly fine job as well. The light was bright and even the unit cost of electricity became insignificant. It was later in year 2000 folks became cautious regarding the safety concerns and light quality.
It is customary for CFL to take a delay before brightening up since it contains mercury and mercury needs its time. And since mercury is the active ingredient, it makes the device hazardous for the surrounding. Mercury is a toxic metal and extremely poisonous if comes into contact. It requires a standard procedure of reprocessing once it is done for, and if not disposed accordingly it can leach its harmful contents into the environment and consequently damaging the life that inhabits it.
The UV radiation it emits, even though in small amounts, can be bad for folks who are skin sensitive especially those who have conditions such as Vitiligo and Psoriasis. Overexposure to UV can be serious and according to many reports folks developed reddening of skin, sores, flakiness and bad eyesight.
To take these harmful effects out from the equation without affecting the output of light and efficiency, the LED technology was born. The LEDs completely eradicated all these side effects and created a bulb that was even brighter than the CFL with absolutely no harmful effects and delays in lighting up. The LEDs are engineered with energy efficient design that qualifies for era appropriate standards. They produce a powerful spread without compromising the quality of light and the cost of production.
An average 4 watt LED costs around £ 1.2 per year compared to the clumsy 60 watt halogen that burns almost £ 9.8, depending on use.
Switching to Green Technology
The saving from electricity expenses is a great feat for any homeowner or a businessman, but that’s not the best part. The greenhouse gases that are formed as a result of fossil fuels incinerated for energy in power plants, are the top most threat to the environment as acknowledged by the whole world by now. The LEDs are majorly reducing the carbon footprint by consuming less energy so less fossil fuels are burnt, hence doing the natural ecosystem a tremendous favour. So basically when you use the LED green technology, you are shrugging off the bad reputation often associated with folks who use the inefficient bulbs such as the notorious incandescent bulb.