Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

How Does a GU10 80 LED Compare With a Compact Fluorescent Lamp?

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 202

Switching from an old incandescent light bulb to an energy saving bulb should be a no brainer. However, selecting what type of energy saving bulb to use is a different matter. For many years the CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) was the immediate choice for anyone who wanted to reduce the energy consumption of their household lighting. The advent of super energy efficient LED Lighting has complicated this matter as consumers are forced to weigh up the pros and cons of both of these bulbs. But which in fact is better? Commence the battle of the bulbs!


A typical CFL will use between 9 and 11 watts in power. This is a good improvement over traditional incandescent bulbs, but not as good as an LED. A GU10 80 LED Bulb uses 4.5 watts in power, which is not only a vast improvement over the old incandescent, but is also better than the CFL.

Life Expectancy

Most CFLs have a quoted life span of about 5,000 hours, but you need to be wary. Most retailers will exaggerate this figure and most CFLs will use a large percentage of their luminosity before the end of their life span. On the other hand a GU10 80 LED has a rated life expectancy of 30,000 hours, about 6 times longer, and they will remain consistently bright for their entire life span.


One of the biggest issues with CFLs is their safe disposal. CFLs can not be included in normal household waste or recycling because they contain a small amount of a harmful substance called mercury, which is important in their operation. If a CFL breaks this substance is released and can cause serious environment damage. In order to recycle them safely they need to be taken to designated recycling centres for hazardous waste. GU10 LED contains no harmful substances at all. They also don't heat up. This makes them very safe to handle and recycle. Even if they break, which is unlikely as they are quite durable, they can be swept up and thrown away. Most retailers also provide their own recycling service under the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Directive. Contact them to find out.

On time

A notorious issue with the CFL is the time it takes to reach full luminosity. Some models may take a couple of minutes to reach full brightness, which can be a real headache. Some new models have overcome the issue, but the light they produce is still quite unnatural and achieves poor colour rendering. GU10 LED light up instantaneously. They also produce a clear, natural looking light.


CFLs are available in a limited range of fittings, shapes and sizes. In addition to this, research and development into CFL technology is much slower than LEDs. LEDs are available in a huge range of styles.


Finally, the all important factor; price! CFLs are still cheaper than typical GU10 LED, but the price of the latter is gradually coming down, and it won't be long until it reaches a level that is viable for both domestic and commercial consumers.

Overtime LED Bulbs also save you a lot more money.

Peter Jenny is an experienced writer with a Masters Degree in Operations Management. Peter has a wealth of experience in the lighting industry and is keen to share his knowledge about upcoming products and new discussions around LED lighting. He is currently working as a Content Manager at Wholesale LED Lights, UK.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article
1 vote(s)

Article Tags:

Gu10 Bulbs


Gu10 Led


Led Lights


Led Gu10 Bulbs


Led Lighting


Mr 16 Led Bulbs


Led Strip


Led Tape

There is different types of locksmiths available to install, maintain and repair locks and keys. Here in this article, we are going to discuss four major types of professional locksmiths. The most

By: jamescor l Home Improvement > Security l April 03, 2013 lViews: 563

Another point to note is that the leather sofas can come both in contemporary and traditional designs. Indeed, the traditional Chesterfield sofa. Another point to note is that the leather sofas can

By: Simon Liva l Home Improvement > Furniture l December 23, 2012 lViews: 260

A bathroom is not simply a room in the house for you to bathe, get dressed and do the usual necessities. Today, the bathroom is where you unwind and relax from all the anxiety of the day. For this

By: jhon ford l Home Improvement > Bath and Shower l December 23, 2012 lViews: 273

These bathroom designers know and understand your requirements and have the power to convert your imagination into reality. These bathroom designers know and understand your requirements and have the

By: Simon Liva l Home Improvement > Bath and Shower l December 23, 2012 lViews: 1189

Having the baby furniture ready before your baby comes is not only practical but makes the choosing and designing of the baby’s room fun. The reason for this is that you can take a longer time in

By: Leanne Smith l Home Improvement > Furniture l December 14, 2012 lViews: 284

With a team of professionals around, you don’t need to worry about the health of the carpet. A Professional carpet Melbourne Company refrains from using harmful chemicals to accomplish their task.

By: Simon Liva l Home Improvement > Cleaning Tips and Tools l December 12, 2012 lViews: 445

The bathroom is a very useful space in the home for various purposes. It is used to take showers to keep one clean and refresh.

By: Chris Dandrel Home Improvement > Lightingl June 13, 2012 lViews: 260

The kitchen is one of the most important spaces in the home for the chef. This space must be conducive in its furniture and fittings to inspire the cook as well as those having their meals there.

By: Chris Dandrel Home Improvement > Lightingl June 13, 2012 lViews: 276

While the LED lighting sector has taken off in the past few years, there are still people out there who don't fully understand the technology behind LED lights. Here we take it back to basics and

By: Adam D Johnsonl Home Improvement > Lightingl June 13, 2012 lViews: 291

The term "retro" derives from the Latin word retro, meaning "backwards" or "in past times" and refers to a nostalgic view towards the past. Retro style design can be any kind of interior design that

By: Anna Raatzl Home Improvement > Lightingl June 11, 2012 lViews: 725

These days, the popularity of the installation of downlights in the home is on the rise due to their versatility and ability to blend into any space and decor. It is a fixture that houses the globe

By: Anne Mehlal Home Improvement > Lightingl June 11, 2012 lViews: 225

When you are choosing the ceiling lights for children, you must go for fitted light along with pendant lights. You need to choose the lighting depending on factors like height of the ceiling along

By: Myla Clarkl Home Improvement > Lightingl June 09, 2012 lViews: 202

It is a well known fact that low energy LED Lights can help light a home for less. But did you also know they have a lot to offer to the agricultural industry? In as little as 50 years, scientists

By: Peter Jennyl Shopping Product Reviews > Electronicsl June 11, 2012 lViews: 265

National Stop Snoring Week is an annual event promoting general awareness about the snoring phenomenon. This year it take place between the 23rd and 27th April. In recognition of this fact we thought

By: Peter Jennyl Home Improvement > Furniturel April 23, 2012 lViews: 178

Insomnia is a type of disorder defined by a person's inability to get to sleep or stay asleep. Though many people are familiar with the condition, very few actually understand its causes and

By: Peter Jennyl Home Improvement > Furniturel April 23, 2012 lViews: 183

This is a question many customers often find themselves asking and the truth is, regardless of what a retailer may promise, you will find some variation in size between traditional GU10 halogens and

By: Peter Jennyl Home Improvement > Lightingl April 19, 2012 lViews: 330

Did you know that the lighting in a typical home can account for up to 25% of your total monthly electric bill? By upgrading your lighting to a low energy equivalent you stand to save substantial

By: Peter Jennyl Home Improvement > Electricall April 16, 2012 lViews: 159

LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are revolutionizing the way we think about lighting. According to management consultant firm McKinsay & Company, LED Lighting is set to become the dominant form of

By: Peter Jennyl Home Improvement > Electricall April 16, 2012 lViews: 197