Please let there be light that’s green and efficient and low-cost! Trudging to the store to purchase light bulbs is daunting, reminding me of how ridiculous it is to replace single-cell batteries for my kid’s toys. Light bulbs should last awhile, yet how do we know unless we study all the details for LED, CFL, etc. Then when they burn out, what do we do with them?
Light bulbs are a mysterious product. Forbes published an excellent article to learn about the applications of each bulb, as well as the advantages and disadvantages. LED vs. CFL: Which Bulb is Best?
CFLs are important to recycle because they contain mercury. You can recycle the residential bulbs at Lowes and Home Depot, but also check out the EPA’s website for more details on recycling opportunities. Recycling and Disposal After a CFL Burns Out
LEDs last a lot longer than any other bulb on the market, about up to 25 years and are up to 80 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs. An LED’s life can be up to 50,000 hours, compared to 10,000 hours for a CFL. Yes, LEDs may be more expensive, they will actually save you money long-term.