Saturday, May 4, 2013

WSRM---LEDlights glass envelope is different with CFLs!


WSRM---LEDlights glass envelope is different with CFLs!

We won’t rest until we’ve explored every way LEDs and CFLs differ! This post is part of a series doing just that. So far we’ve covered everything from the basics, like rated-life and energy-efficiency to ore complex topics, like how each source performs in cold will read the series intrmoduction in the next period of time.

If you’re deciding which light source to use for your next project, look no further! In our blog series, we’re going in-depth to explore the differences between LEDs and CFLs, so you can make the best decision. In this post, we’re talking about structure…
LEDs and CFLs are built very differently.
LED light bulbs use glass or plastic envelopes of almost any thickness. They’re built to last, even in the most demanding circumstances. CFLs, on the other hand, have a daintier construction. If you drop one, the thinner glass envelope could easily break. This can be a problem, especially because CFLs contain trace amounts of mercury that will be released when the light bulb shatters.
To prevent CFLs from cracking so easily, some manufacturers have begun encasing CFLs in silicone coatings, so even if the glass breaks the shards and mercury will stay within the silicone, not allowed to get into your environment. The CFL’s traditional spiral is covered by a more conventionally shaped envelope like this:

As a general rule, we at WSRM Lighting recommend you use LED light bulbs for rougher applications, when the light bulb faces a lot of wear and tear – think traveling or within portable fixtures. For more static, quiet applications, either light bulb should serve you well.

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