Solid-State Lighting Trashes Fluorescent Tubes

Well, at least in one way the just dawned on me that may not be evident to everyone and I am sure is overlooked when discussing the cost savings of switching from T-x based fluorescent lighting (you know, the tubes that hang in most offices) to LED based bi-pin fixtures such as those from EVERLED . By now your probably wondering WHAT I am talking about. I’ll get to it in a second. Fluorescent lighting still remains more efficient and cost-effective than LEDs but with technology rapidly catching up (check out my LED Development Blog for the latest news on that front. 🙂 ) LEDs are proving they can compete, certainly it looks good for LEDs to take a major chunk out of the compact fluorescent market anyway but while efficacy of LEDs remains below that of fluorescents and energy savings a toss-up depending on vampire power consumption of LED controllers and manufacturers that misstate their LED specifications, one thing remains clear to me: you can throw LEDs in the trash. Try that with your fluorescent tubes with their Mercury. Hah! So while things like efficacy and the “real” energy savings are still going around and around, LEDs have two things working in their favor, cost-savings on maintenance due to their generally much longer lifespan and also cost-savings on disposal since you can just toss LED based fixtures into the trash while fluorescent tubes must be handled carefully and are considered toxic waste.

Working in the LED industry as I do, I’m not sure why this never occured to me before or, since I started this blog, why I haven’t run across someone else stating what would appear to be the obvious but I didn’t and so there it is.

Let the comments roll! 😀

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4 Responses to Solid-State Lighting Trashes Fluorescent Tubes

  1. nick gogerty says:

    just curious what do you think the retail price of the latest CREE LED will be when packaged for the consumer?

  2. Andreas says:

    Why would you be allowed to throw LED’s into the trash when there is manufacturer recycling demands on other electronics.
    Most LED cant be removed from their fittings and the LED can’t be separated from the pcb they are soldered to.

    Just curiuos

    • craigbic says:

      I wasn’t really giving advice to corporations on how to dodge their civic responsibilities but rather pointing out the fact that LEDs do not carry additional hazardous material charges simply because they do not contain poisonous mercury. They can, and I am sure they are, thrown out by many companies world-wide in conflict with RoHS.

  3. Craig Bickford says:

    Keep in mind that this was a post is a rant reflecting a thought in my mind not a fact, suggestion, or a business model to follow. What needs to be retained here is that there would be little to no additional disposal costs for the LEDs themselves compared to that of fluorescent tubes – themselves. I made the assumption that the remainder of the electronics are RohS compliant and can be disposed of without incurring additional hazardous disposal fees (i.e. lead free solder etc…) but the same disposal concerns for the electronics themselves exist regardless of the actual lighting device.

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