LED vs. CFL – What’s Best for Your Custom Home

Your new home, no matter how well designed it is, needs the perfect lighting scheme in order for you to enjoy it to its fullest.

So what’s right for you: CFL or LED lights?

LED vs. CFL

What is CFL Lighting?

CFL stands for compact fluorescent lamp. These types of lights are energy-saving lamps that fit into light fixtures designed for traditional incandescent lights. Because they give off the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs do, but they use only 30 to 50 percent of the power that those lights require, they’re typically more expensive initially – but you’ll save money over time if you use them.

The downside to CFL lights is that they contain mercury, which makes them difficult to dispose of (you can’t simply throw them in the trash when they burn out).

What are LED Lights?

LED stands for light-emitting diode. They consume far less energy than incandescent lights do, and they last much longer (some LEDs are rated for up to 100,000 hours of continuous operation). They produce the same amount of light as powerful incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lights, and LEDs are available in different color temperatures (warm yellow to bright white) and brightness.

LEDs are typically more expensive than incandescent lamps and CFL bulbs, although they do last quite a bit longer.

Best Applications for CFL Lights

Most CFLs are not dimmable, so they’re not always the right choice for media rooms, bedrooms and dining areas. However, their strong light is generally great in kitchens and bathrooms, and they’re great for task lighting around the house.

Best Applications for LED Lights

You can use LED lights in virtually any room in your house. Many models are dimmable, which means they’re ideal for rooms that need adjustable lights, and they have incredibly low start temperatures, so they’re great for outdoor use as well.

Ready to Explore Carbine & Associates Custom Homes?

Before we settle in on your lighting options, let’s talk about your floor plan and the community in which you want to live. Call us at 615-661-9995 or contact us online. We’d love to create the perfect home for you.

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Carbine & Associates was founded by James Carbine and the late Denzel Carbine in 2003. Originally from Florence, Alabama, James earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Auburn University. As a long-time home builder, he continues the quality, elegance and passion for building synonymous with his early partnership with his brother.