Spot the Difference Between Fluorescent and LED Batten

The electric light fittings industry has gone through enormous changes, particularly when we speak of the humble light bulbs. Since the traditional incandescent bulbs were removed from the market and replaced with energy-saving bulbs, a host of new options and variety have come up. It has become difficult to spot the distinguishing aspects between the various types of lights.

Fluorescent and LED, are two most common types of lights. Fluorescent technology has been around for more than 100 years and it helps in lighting a vast stretch at a time. LED batten lights provide uniform lighting and offer significant savings on account of voltage and less power consumption. 

Fluorescent and LED have been differentiated based on material, longevity, colour rendering etc. To understand the difference between the two, let's compare and contrast LED battens with conventional fluorescent battens. So for those looking to replace their batten at any point soon, and are not sure how to identify the lights, below is a quick rundown of how they are different:

LED batten lighting is produced when LED chips are mounted to a circuit board. They are free from lead, mercury, and other toxic components, which makes the batten safe.

On the other hand, Fluorescent batten can be made of glass, plastic, or metal. The basic process of lighting a fluorescent tube involves an electrical current provoking chemical reaction which results in light-emitting. If the fluorescent light breaks, the mercury inside can be hazardous and dangerous to everyone in the vicinity. Since some fluorescent battens are of glass material, the likelihood of the tube breaking increases, including the risk of mercury exposure.

In terms of longevity, the LED battens last much longer than traditional fluorescent battens. This means an LED tube will pay for itself over time whereas Fluorescent battens last anywhere from 3-5 years before a replacement is required but it absolutely depends on the ballast. Should the ballast fail, the fluorescent tube will fail as well. When fluorescent battens begin to go, they will become black and begin to visibly flicker, which may cause headaches, eyestrain, and can be especially harmful to those with photo-sensitive epilepsy.

Elekzon’ s LED battens are recyclable! To be properly processed for recycling, the tube needs to be disassembled. The aluminium and plastic can be dropped off at your local recycling centre and the electrical components at a computer or e-cycling centre.  One should never, ever put a fluorescent tube in the recycling bin or in the garbage. LED chips are mounted to a circuit board. Fluorescent battens have mercury, which is highly toxic, which means they cannot be recycled and should not end up in a landfill. One must contact a specialist or an expert that handles the disposal of hazardous materials to dispose of fluorescent lights safely.

The most drastic difference you will notice with an Elekzon LED light is how closely it resembles natural sunlight. This is because all spectrums of colour are represented in the LED chips, producing the brightest white. In addition, every single colour output is replicated seamlessly. The right lighting can help improve focus, productivity and overall health and wellness. Fluorescent lighting is not flattering lighting. This is due to the fact that the colour wavelengths spike at blue, green, and red generating a harsher colour rendering. Natural sunlight produces smooth colour transitions from blue to green to red, something that fluorescent artificial lighting cannot mimic.

Now that we can easily identify the difference between LED lights and Fluorescent lights, LED lighting is the better choice because it has 90% longer lifespan than fluorescent tube lights and even at the end of their lifespan, one can easily dispose of and there will be no toxic waste left or no special treatment will be required in the procedure.

Shop your LED battens from Elekzon’s wide range of products which are energy efficient, will save you more money, and will leave less impact on the environment.