So another regular question that people ask me is the comparison between LED vs regular light bulbs. So that is the subject I am going to tackle today, giving you the average specifications of LED bulbs, and then comparing them to “regular” bulbs. Now before we start this we must specify what “regular” bulbs actually are. For today regular bulbs will be CFLs and incandescent light bulbs.
So before going straight to LED vs regular light bulbs, let me give you the specifications for the average LED these days.
A 6-8 watt LED bulb will emit on average 800 lumens, will have a life time of up to 50,000 hours, and only emits 3.4 btu’s per hour of heat.
So that is the basics of the LED bulbs, now lets move on to the regular bulbs.
A CFL will require 13-15 watts to match the 800 lumens of the LED. It will have an average life time of 8000 hours and will emit 30 btu’s per hour of heat.
The next regular bulb is the incandescent, which requires a massive 60 watts to output the same 800 lumens as the LED. It also only has an average life time of 2000 hours and wastes 85 btu’s of heat per hour.
I really don’t need to go into more details. When it comes to LED vs regular light bulbs, its obvious that the LED bulbs are just far superior. The regular bulbs do have their advantages in some ways, such as a small increase in CRI, and some are cheaper to buy. But in the long run, I would pick an LED bulb over a regular one any day of the week.
And to top it all off, LED technology is making leaps and bounds in terms of progress each year. And although regular bulbs are still progressing, its not at the same speed as the LED bulbs.
So there you have it. A simple but conclusive comparison to give you a better idea on just who comes out ahead when you put LED bulbs vs regular bulbs.
Hope this has been helpful. I shall link some sources down below for anyone who wants to do some more in depth reading.