LED lights an obvious replacement for Incandescent and CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights)

After many years of researching and perfecting ways to create a very efficient, inexpensive and environmentally amiable lighting system, LED lighting has now come into its fame and popularity. More and more cities and common households are now shifting from the conventional incandescent and lately CFLs to LED lighting.

There are a lot of practical benefits that one can experience from changing to this modern lighting system. LED technology employs the use of light emitting diode that consumes small amount of power and still delivers the equivalent lighting that is high-powered counterpart can give. Moreover, it exhibits a long service maintenance free life.

Modern LED bulbs fit directly into the conventional lights socket, so it’s the exception rather than the rule that light fixtures have to be changed. LED technology is considered environmentally friendly because it doesn’t contain materials that threaten the environment, and since it requires less power, it definitely means lesser fossil fuel burning.   More and more satisfied LED light users are encouraging more people to change to LED lighting and at the same time, be engage in their own small way in saving the world from further environmental damage.

Due to the many environmental issues that have sprung from our ailing world, some of the lighting technologies that have been dominating the world since its creation are now planned to be banned in the years to follow. The US government in particular has created new legislation that takes effect in 2012. New standards will essentially remove the incandescent bulb from the market.

Compact fluorescent lamps are another alternative but they also present significant issues.  They contain mercury and must be disposed of carefully. If you are a concerned individual looking for an option that will take over the function of the two dominant lighting systems then look no further than LED lighting.

Incandescent bulbs and CFLs are being phased out by other countries other than the United States. These include some countries in Europe, Philippines, Malaysia, Australia and Brazil, etc. Some of the reasons are detailed below:


  1. It demands high energy to produce light. In essence, incandescent bulbs are composed of thin filaments that require to be heated at a very high temperature coated in a vacuum or inert gas to prevent the filament from oxidizing.
  2. Due to the fact that a high temperature is needed by the filament to produce light, it requires a high energy source the product of increasing power generation.
  3. It emits a very high temperature that adds up to the global warming.
  4. Although it is inexpensive and readily available, its environmental effect is the main reason for its becoming obsolete.


  1. This mercury-based lighting system brings hazard to the exposed person and area.
  2. Landfill managements are now prohibiting the disposal of CFLs and encourage them to be recycled or stocked until same processing can be made available.
  3. Whilst CFLs consume lesser energy than an incandescent lamp, they consume more energy than the LED lighting.
  4. Whilst they have a longer service life than the incandescent bulb it is much shorter that the service life of LED lighting.
  5. CFLs require extra electronics e.g. ballasts to operate.