In 2023, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) will be phased out of the European market in accordance with both the Ecodesign and RoHS directives in order to remove the most resource-intensive products from the market.
CFLs and LEDs are both known as energy efficient options, especially when compared to previous technology such as incandescent or halogen products. Historically price was the key reason for choosing CFL over LED. Back when they first hit the market LEDs had a high price point but this has considerably dropped over the years. With the production of CFLs being phased out due to their mercury content (in alignment with the RoHS directive) the time has come for those still using them to look to LED.
And there are benefits to moving to LED.
Today there are significantly more energy-efficient alternatives with LEDs that are free of mercury and has as good or even better function. In addition, LEDs have a longer lifespan, which in the long run lowers both energy and maintenance costs, thus have a smaller CO2 footprint.
For instance, LED lights are capable of saving around 40% of energy when changing from CFL lights and with 25,000 or more hours of life, an LED hands down beats the CFL bulb’s averages of around 8,000 hours. So put simple, CFL vs. LED bulbs… there’s plenty of positives to moving to LED sooner than later.
What are the options?