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What is the difference between LEDs and CFLs?

LEDS and CFLs are both efficient light sources, and each has their strengths and weaknesses. CFLs are a very economical option, and work well in many lighting applications. However, only select models are dimmable and not all CFLs have instant-on technology which may take a few minutes to come up to complete brightness. They also contain mercury and therefore should be disposed of properly.

LEDs generally have a larger initial cost, but also last longer than CFLs. They are able to be dimmed and are also a better choice for outdoor fixtures if you live in a cold climate. LEDs are generally more directional in nature, but new technology advances are improving their omnidirectional (or all directions) ability.

Both technologies are great energy efficient options.

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