What are the disadvantages of CFL light bulbs?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of CFL?

You can replace a 100-watt incandescent bulb with a 22-watt CFL and get the same amount of light. CFLs use 50- to 80-percent less energy than incandescent lights. While initially they cost more, CFLs are less expensive in the long run because they last much longer than incandescent bulbs.

What are the advantages of CFL bulbs?

Because CFLs use less electricity than traditional light bulbs, they reduce demand for electricity; that reduction means less greenhouse gas emissions (including less mercury) from power plants. CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury — an average of 4 milligrams in each bulb.

Which is safer LED or CFL?

LEDs use significantly less energy than even CFLs, and do not contain mercury. … A study published in late 2010 in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that LEDs contain lead, arsenic and a dozen other potentially dangerous substances.

What happens if you break CFL bulb?

Despite some alarming news reports, you don’t have much to worry about. If a CFL breaks, some of the mercury that’s contained in the bulb will evaporate into the air.

Do CFL bulbs get hot?

Incandescent and CFL bulbs get so hot because most of their energy is being released as heat, not light, making them much more ineffeicient. Proprietary tests show 100W incandescent lights burning at 335.4 F, CFL lights burning at 179.2 F and LED bulbs burning at 87.2 F.

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How long do CFL bulbs last?

The typical incandescent bulb lasts about 1,000 hours, while a 15-watt CFL bulb lasts 10,000 hours and a 12-watt LED bulb lasts 25,000 hours. In other words, incandescents last about a year while CFLs can last 10 years and LEDs up to 25.