I keep seeing CFL light bulbs as the go-to photograph when people talk about going green. It's my industry, I know it and I know it well, and quite frankly, it absolutely makes me cringe.
NOTE TO GREEN PEOPLE: STOP CFL-ing, IT'S NOT THE ANSWER.
That CFL light bulb represents an 'in the meantime' technology, that's not the most efficient, that contains mercury, that many refuse to use anyways because of its downfalls (not instant on, hard to dim, bad CRI, non-consistent color temperature) and that will be leapfrogged sooner than later (think cassette tapes). It's NOT the answer and I hate that everyone who wants to be green, who says they're green, who wants to be an expert on becoming green toss around using CFL as a place where everyone can start when it's simply put: not.
Does this mean I have all of the answers? OF COURSE I DO. And while I'm at I'll solve world hunger, give you the meaning of life, oh, and tell you where to find your soul mate if you're single. Okay, maybe I overstepped my boundaries a little...one thing at a time. But back to what I know and what I know well, and that's lighting and what's more...I know LED LIGHTING.
Now you're thinking about those landscape lights you bought last year at your home improvement store that really didn't perform. You're thinking about your flash light that's really too blue. You're thinking about how they're too expensive for you and your millionaire great aunt. Guess what, whatever you think, you are probably a little right and a little wrong, but great news...I'm here to help.
If you have one of these applications, take note:
Undercabinet Lighting. Cove Lighting. Recessed Downlights (6", 5" or 4" round). 2x2 troffers. Landscape Lighting.
These are all available NOW, they're all relatively affordable (and I'm not saying only Oprah or Bill Gates could afford), and I can recommend products. If you have already gone to CFL or feel like you're been peer pressured into doing it, please hear me out.
LED lighting for white light applications and general illumination is here, it's ready, and it's affordable. If you're trying to be more energy efficient, LED is typically HALF the energy as a CFL would be, plus it's dimmable, better color quality, instant on and more. If you're trying to lower toxins into our landfills, do not buy CFL, they contain mercury, which LEDs do not contain, and the typical homeowner will not properly dispose of CFL, thus, putting the mercury right into the trash...landfills...you know the story.
In the days/weeks to come, I will be happy to answer questions anyone may have on LED technology, the past, present or future. I will explore some products, give the benefits, and explain what I mean when I say they're better than CFL (instant on, CRI, dimmable, etc). We were here for the birth and are now experiencing the fundamental growth-spurt of this wonderful technology and I'm here to share my knowledge and dialogue with anyone who'd like to discuss.
If nothing else, just know that we do need to change, we do need to be energy efficient, there are times and places for CFL(few and far between), but CFL -- NOT the answer.