Home Care Edition: Which is the better light for you?

Since I started working here in Manila, I’ve learned a lot of things especially when it comes to home care. Even I consider this as one of the dirty jobs, being knowledgeable is a must.

Let’s face it: With lots of attributes to consider, which is really better for you?

Last month, the light bulb in our bedroom started to blink and I know that this calls for a replacement. When I go to the grocery (Yes, I’m doing my own grocery. Haha), I searched for the different types of light bulbs.

Let’s scale it down.

Compact Fluorescent (CFL)
According to my research, the first type of light bulb is the CFL. CFL also known as compact fluorescent is your mini version of a standard fluorescent light bulb. CFL gives lighting efficiency and has been used for decades now and it has graced our homes as it fits perfectly in an ordinary socket without using an adaptor.
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CFLs normally take a few moments to warm up and reach its full brightness.
Here’s a quick a run-down of CFL bulbs specifications:

Regular CFL bulbs last up to 6000 hours

Average energy use per year: 767 KWh/yr

Average cost in the Philippines: Php 125 to 300 

Light Emitting Diodes (LED)
The second type of light bulb is the LED or Light Emitting Diodes. It was introduce several years back with the promise of lowering your electric bill. According to the study made by Lighting Research Center, LED light bulbs work by bringing together currents with a positive and negative charge to create energy released in the form of light. The result of this is a fast source of light that is reliable and instantaneous.

LED bulbs also fits an ordinary socket without the need of an adaptor and it bright up as soon as you switch it on.

LED bulbs is considered good for the environment and are endorsed by green movements. LED bulbs generally cost more to buy although manufacturing technologies are lowering these prices as we move along.

Here’s a quick a run-down of LED bulbs specifications:

Regular LED lasts anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 hours.

Average energy use per year: 329 KWh/yr

Average cost in the Philippines: Php300 to 800

Which is the better light for you? 
Based on my experience, both serves your lighting needs efficiently. Both fits in sockets of your lamps and fixtures. Meaning, if you don’t consider the chances of your bulb breaking then you would likely choose CFL over LED because of the price difference.

CFL might cost less but it requires you to buy more bulbs over time whereas LED lights last longer, so even though you’re paying more at purchase, you buy fewer bulbs in the long run.

Considering the humid weather in the Philippines, we should also consider that CFL bulb emits more heat than LED bulb, thus, by choosing wisely, you can reduce the heat index in your home.

Moreover, if you care for the environment, Lower energy consumption decreases carbon dioxide emissions, sulfur oxide, and high-level nuclear waste.

Smart choice when it comes to LED
There are wide-range of selections to choose from; you can buy at your nearest hardware, home center, appliance mart, etc. But when I stumble upon the CD-R King’s website, I saw their new offering that makes it easier for you to decide.

The Philippines’ one-stop media provider gives you the ease of choosing by taking away the drawback of price difference by making LED bulb available to the General public at a more affordable price. According to their website, this effort compliments their advocacy in encouraging people to care for the environment during their California e-bike campaign early this year.

It is also noted that CD-R King offers several choices of LED bulbs with different price range both for personal and industrial use.

You can check out their website at www.cdrking.com or visit any CD-R king branches near you.

Being smart in terms of making decision, especially when it comes to home care is a vital role to make your living worthwhile.

I hope this article makes sense and give you an idea about these little things in our daily life.

Thank you for dropping by and hope to see you in my next adventure! :)


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