Did you know that in 2020 a ban of incandescent bulbs is planned? That means, if you haven't already chosen to switch to LED lights for RV traveling, the choice is essentially being made for you? Now, I understand that many of us are resistant to change. At least until someone explains why we shouldn't be. Here's a few reasons why you should embrace LED's, and a few reasons that those of you who already have might not have known about.
LED Lights for RV: The Breakdown
If you're still using incandescent bulbs, I'd say you need to "Get in the 21st Century!". I'm sure there are still a few of you out there. But here's what you could and should be using instead: This comparison is between the two most popular options of LED lights for RV living. CFL or compact fluorescent lamps versus LED or light emitting diodes.
CFL Lighting: The Good and the Bad:
- They are less expensive than LED's
- They are more energy efficient than incandescent lights
- Light emitted is bright and evenly spread
- A few varieties of white hues are available, including bright, soft and warm white
- They contain the toxic metal mercury
- Dimmer switches cannot be used
- They have a warm up period of a few moments
- Cold temperatures can cause problems
LED Lights: The Good and the Bad:
- Their lifespan is as much as five times longer than CFL's
- They instantly light up
- Cold temperatures are not an issue
- They generate very little heat
- They are free of mercury and other toxins or gasses
- Some are dimmer switch compatible
- Also come with bright, soft and warm options
- More expensive than CFL's
- They tend to have less evenly directed light than other sources
So there you have it. The cost of LED's is the primary dispute for choosing LED lights for RV traveling as opposed to CFL's. But, the cost of LED's continues to plummet as the transition and production efficiency of manufacturers takes place. And just in case you needed any more reasons to choose LED's, they have a lifespan of 3 times or more than CFL's, and use less energy to run. So, what RV Lights will you choose?