Every room in the House is different not only with functionality, but for its space as well. The larger the area, the brighter the room will be, and vice-versa. Lighting in the room can significantly change its looks regardless of its function.

Generally, if you are hiring an interior designer, he/she will always focus on the light available in the room. Even if you have a compact room, the designer will mark the way to get better lighting. What are the other lighting sources? Obviously, the artificial lighting!

There are three options available in the market: 1. CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp), 2. LED (Light-Emitting Diode) and Incandescent Light bulbs. Among all the three, the latter two options are favored by the designers.

When it comes to LED vs.Incandescent, you might not have any idea about what is the best option for you. In this article, you will get to learn about the difference between them both.

LED vs. incandescent lights

*Note: The comparison between LED and Incandescent is done on the basis of thorough research and expert reviews.

LED lights

According to Wikipedia, “A Light-Emitting Diode (LED) is a semiconductor light source that releases light when the current passes through it. The semiconductor electrons recombine with electron holes, emitting energy in the form of photons. The color seen light (corresponding to the photons’ energy) is determined by the energy required for electrons to cross the semiconductor’s bandgap. White light is obtained using multiple semiconductors or a layer of light-emitting phosphor on the semiconductor device.”

Further, I am penning down the pros and cons of LED lights:

PROS

  1. LED’s have lower heat-ups in comparison to Incandescents.
  2. Sustainable life thus saves cost and maintenance.
  3. It has lesser ultraviolet rays and infra-red output, which reduces the risk of fire.
  4. Available in the different coloring of lights, used for decorative aspects.
  5. Completely environment-friendly. They have no toxic materials and emissions of CO2.
  6. Lower power usage and higher efficiency. It is 80% cheaper while running the light.
  7. Perfect when used as focusing lights.
  8. Regular updates to make it even more affordable and worth investing.
  9. Switches on faster in comparison to Incandescent lights.

CONS

  1. Expensive if purchasing globes.
  2. Non-compatible while retrofitting for low voltage transformers.
  3. Brightness and color quality may fade after some time.
  4. They do not have a standard power supply, thus they need to be adjusted. This results in an expensive investment.
  5. All LED bulbs are not dimmable.
  6. Not good with sinking all kinds of temperatures.
  7. Its focusing element is also a disadvantage, as it cannot spread out in the entire space to provide correct lighting.

Different types of LED lights:

  • LED Globe Bulbs

They are available in a standard form. There is no option further to adjust the lights.

  • LED Tube Lights

They are available in a single shape and different colors.

  • Led Panel lights

They are available in different shapes, colors, and shades & colors are adjustable.

Incandescent Lights

According to Wikipedia, “An incandescent light bulb or globe is an electric light with a wiring filament which heats until it glows. The glass bulb encloses the filament with a vacuum or inert gas to protect it from oxidation. Current is released to the filament by path or wires implanted in the glass. A bulb socket supplies mechanical support and electrical connections.”

Let us see what the pros and cons of using Incandescent Lights are.

PROS

  1. Less expensive and easily affordable in comparison to LED lights.
  2. They release warm colors in contrast to tungsten and fluorescent lamps.
  3. It is adjustable, easily dimmable, and controlled.
  4. It can be switched on instantly.
  5. This can be easily installed and adjustable.
  6. More comfortable in dimming with the help of rheostats.
  7. Available in different sizes, shapes, and for various applications.

CONS

  1. It has a shorter life span.
  2. It has a higher maintenance cost.
  3. Very delicate, thus need to be used carefully.
  4. Releases warm rays, which makes the room warm temperate.
  5. It has the lowest efficiency, hardly produces 5 to 20 lumens per watt.

Types of Incandescent Lights

There are three types:

  1. Halogen or energy-saving lights
  2. A-19 shaped lamps which are standard incandescents.
  3. Spot or flood lamps

Which is the right lighting Choice for your House?

This was everything you want to know about LED and Incandescent lights. Talking about LED vs.incandescents, LED lights are well known for their less energy consumption and eco-friendly features, whereas Incandescents are known for an easily affordable and dimmable quality.

With all that we discussed above, now you can choose the right light for your home.