Florescent vs POE LED

LED Light Bulbs vs. CFL Light Bulbs

The big difference between a fluorescent light and POE LED is in their energy usage and longevity. Comparing these two types of lighting, requires taking a look at a few key differences.

#1 – TYPES

POE LED Lights – Are light emitting diodes and are found either as single diodes, such as in a flashlight, or as a cluster of diodes to create a light bulb.

Fluorescent Lighting  – They come in two primary types: tube lighting and CFL (compact fluorescent lighting). Fluorescent lights can range in size from tubes multiple feet long to the compact bulbs that are about the size of a standard lamp light bulb.


POE LED lighting – lasts upwards of 60,000 hours before needing to be replaced.

Fluorescent lighting, particularly CFL bulbs, can last around 10,000 hours before needing to be replaced. You would have to replace the average CFL bulb 6 times to equal the lifespan of one LED light bulb.


POE LED light bulbs use about 80% less wattage of fluorescent lighting, about 3 watts of power versus 14 watts of power for a CFL light bulb. For an LED bulb’s lifespan, about 340 kilowatt hours of electricity is used. CFL bulbs used over 60,000 hours (6 bulbs) will use around 840 kilowatt hours of electricity, according to the website Product Dose which compared different light bulb energy specifications. As far as energy efficiency goes, POE LED light bulbs are about 10 times more efficient than fluorescent lighting.


POE LED Lighting – ideal for directional lighting. Directional lighting is useful in lights such as flashlights and desk lamps. The light focuses on where the bulb is pointed rather than bathing the wider area in light.

Fluorescent Light – ideal for lighting up full rooms, with full-size tubes being ideal for large rooms such as warehouses where focused light is not needed. CFL bulbs are useful for home use and lighting up bedrooms and living areas.


Both types of lighting are energy efficient when compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. However, POE LED technology costs slightly more than CFL and fluorescent lighting but CFLs and fluorescent bulbs do contain small amounts of mercury that can be poisonous if the bulb is broken. POE LEDs do not contain mercury or harmful gases and provide greater cost savings during it’s life span. POE LED bulbs are also more durable than fluorescent bulbs due to their compact size and replacement is minimal compared to the constant replacement with Fluorescent Lights.


So now you know the difference between a fluorescent light and an LED. XS Applied Technologies can assist you with the replacement of your Fluorescent Lighting for POE LED low voltage lighting for business needs. We come right to you and due to the highest quality of POE LED Lighting we use, our visit is a lasting one. Your energy savings can be seen almost immediately on your monthly power bill with up to 80% savings on your lighting consumption. POE LED Lighting has a slightly higher cost upfront, but the long term benefits for almost no light replacements and monthly power bill savings are worth seriously considering this lighting alternative.

Do you currently use LED lighting? If not, why not? XS Applied Technology today for a free energy assessment 732-272-0022.