Commentary: LEDs for lighting, but only if it makes sense
Rather than promoting LEDs as the ultimate and immediate alternative to CFLs and incandescents, the LED industry should continue to penetrate the applications where LEDs make most sense.
Whether or not you think this is a good idea depends on your viewpoint. Purely based on energy consumption, it certainly sounds sensible – but only if you believe the numbers concerning relative energy consumption of incandescent lamps versus CFLs. Clearly, the mercury content of CFLs should be a concern, but apparently not to European legislators. Other groups point out that CFLs are totally unsuitable for certain applications. Their light quality can leave a lot to be desired, and can even cause problems for people with poor vision.
This article was published in the January/February 2009 issue of LEDs Magazine.
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