“Changing lives, one lightbulb at a time!” – Racheal Parrot

You may start to notice that those worn out bulbs are beginning to dim, whether it’s incandescent bulbs, fluorescent bulbs, halogen bulbs or CFLs bulbs. You may be wondering if there were perhaps a better alternative to replace the others. LED lights can outweigh other options in a lot of ways. Let’s see the pros and cons of the options between these and LED light bulbs:

Incandescent Light bulbs

The “Thomas Edison” base light bulb is inexpensive and one of the most common light sources within houses. They are a radiant warm tone light but they use more electricity than LED light bulbs. With this, they will only last up to 1,000 hours and end up costing more in restocking and replacing.

Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL)

Using 25-35% less energy than incandescent light bulbs and they can last 7 to 10 times longer. Your downfall here, when compared to LED lightbulbs, is that Fluorescent lightbulbs take around 20-25 seconds to heat up and fully brighten. CFL’s are also not dimmable, increasing activity in turning them on or off and wearing out the bulb faster than usual. Also, research shows that once tested, CFL’s resulted positive for mercury. Though a little amount, this means the lightbulbs have to be recycled rather than thrown away.

Halogen Light bulbs

Halogen bulbs use 20-30% less than your regular incandescent light bulbs but they cost more and burn out faster than the standards. They emit a lot of heat, this means they can be uncomfortable to be around and unsafe to touch when on. They get so hot, in fact, that you shouldn’t touch them with bare hands. Why? The oil from your fingers and palms mixed with the heat from the bulb creates spots amongst the glass and also shortens the lifespan of the bulb. This makes you have to wear gloves when handling, even when the appliance is OFF. According to electrical engineers, the more heat distributed is a higher chance of being a fire hazard, if using please remember to keep all flammable materials away from the Halogen light bulbs. When in applications, the item might require a “shield” of some sort. Not only fragile but it results in high-pressure gas, making it easy to shatter. Another disadvantage can be that like LEDs they do cost higher than incandescent and other traditional bulbs.

LEDs (Light Emitting Diode bulbs)

Though Compact Fluorescent light bulbs use less energy than the standard incandescent lights, you can guarantee that LED lights have more energy conservation. While compact fluorescent light bulbs can use up to 20-35% less, LED light bulbs can use up to 75% less than the incandescent light bulbs.

While being incredibly eco-friendly, we can also consider the factor of how long it takes for a light bulb to burn out. Manufacturers claim that LED light bulbs can last between 20,000 and 50,000 hours. Though some consider the cons of this lighting option to be the higher price, the benefits could be saving money with less replacement.



As mentioned before, you can count on the fact that LED light bulbs have a longer lifespan than others. 20,000 to 50,000 hours results in 833 to 2,083 days and 2 to 5 years. Not to mention that the lights are brighter throughout the entire process.


Energy efficiency is another win amongst the rest, LED bulbs consume significantly less power. There are two main categories, luminous efficiency, and useful lumens. The two terms often describe how much light is being used up by power for the bulb, this is also known as watts. Even though we need to consider that each case is different but compared to previous lighting options or alternatives, LEDs can save you up to 90% in energy efficiency.


Safety first, we all say before we click our seatbelts or fasten a helmet for our children. But did you know that LED bulbs are safer than other options? It’s little known that LED is one of the safest options when it comes to lighting. One of the biggest hazards amongst most of the light bulb options is the fact that heat radiates and therefore can catch on fire. Bulbs such as incandescent lights transform 90% of the energy it consumes into heat. This means that only 10% of power is being used. While LED lights do not release heat making it less of a fire hazard and more power-efficient.


While the lighting reveals a lot within your desired space, you can count on the design of the lightbulb being compact and small. This makes for great storage. This makes your decoration value appear neater and sophisticated, with no more bulky bulbs!


What is the Color Rendering Index (CRI)? CRI is the light’s potential and ability to show colors’ true values. For example: if you have a warm tint light bulb, your colors might seem to be a yellow tint or a light orange. If you had a cold tinted bulb, your colors may seem icy white or grey. You can compare colors from lightbulbs to natural light to truly see if they match up. But LEDs show accuracy, they match up colors more accurately than most other lightbulbs when compared to natural light resources – even described in most ratings from satisfied customers.


Now that we’ve shed some light on the situation. The question still remains, would you rather pay less for a light bulb that’ll soon burn out, use tons of power and become possibly a fire hazard for you and your home? Or pay slightly more for a better Color Rendering Index, brighter lighting, energy efficiency, safety amongst your home or business and days to years of lighting? The pros outweigh the cons of LED lighting.


Michael Tobias PE is a visionary in the construction industry. His passion resonates as the Founding Principal of New York/Nearby Engineers, an Inc 5000 fastest growing company. New York/Nearby Engineers is the most innovative construction engineering firm focusing on Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) engineering designs in Chicago and New York. Michael has overseen the design of over 1000 construction projects in all market sectors, including LEED-certified and Passive House certified projects. He leads a global team of 50 top performers.