A new lighting trend is continuing to emere across the country. As anyone who visits our website knows, we have dedicated ourselves to developing innovative energy efficient lighting products that provide a positive economic and environmental impact for our customers.
Outside influences from environmental and energy conservation groups are impacting even the way homes, business and buildings are illuminated today. It is time for old CFL bulbs to be replaced with new LED bulbs.
Energy efficiency CFL vs LED
CFL bulbs are energy efficient, and if they have been working for five years then now is the time to switch! They have already paid for themselves, and updating to LED with further impact your energy savings. Plus, being environmentally conscious is an added advantage.
Don’t just throw away CFL light bulbs
Whether you have made the switch already, or are considering it, the next question is, what to do with the old CFL bulbs?
CFL bulbs that are not recycled, but thrown away will release mercury into the environment. This is because of the high chance it will be crushed or break. It might not seem like a lot when you consider the bulbs in one home, but it adds up when many homes, apartment complexes and office buildings replace CFLs. In fact, many areas prohibit disposal or require recycling for CFL bulbs. When CFL bulbs are recycled, their components can be repurposed or reused, avoiding any potential hazards or damage to the environment.
Recycling a CFL bulb is not only important, but also convenient. Nearly every major home improvement store like Lowe’s, Home Depot or Ace Hardware, offer free recycling of unbroken bulbs. If this is not an option in your area, contact your local waste collection agency. They can let you know about local drop off sites or arrange for your pick up. Some manufacturers will even have a mail back policy.
Do LEDs last longer than CFL bulbs?
Yes, LEDs do last longer and use less energy than CFL bulbs. LEDs can also cost a little more, and should provide an ROI within two to four years.
So as you move forward deciding on whether to stick with current CFL bulbs, or make the switch to LED light bulbs, remember to be conscientious of the environment and energy consumed. LEDs will reduce energy consumption. And CFL bulbs must be disposed of properly.