Linear Fluorescent comparison Several very good comments on this topic. But lost in the love affair with LED lighting is the necessary efficacy comparison to linear fluorescent. T5 lamps can produce over 100 lumens/watt with rated life of 40,000 hours. In addition, programmed start ballasts (all T5's are this) reduce the premature failure of lamps due to the frequent on/off cycles that often kill CFLs. That being said, I am a big fan of high quality LED lighting fixtures and have many in my home - Home Depot sells a version of the CR6 by CREE. I have been involved with CREE and Beta LED on several projects (the author incorrectly cited Rudd instead of RUUD lighting).There are several manufacturers producing high quality, well-engineered fixtures. But the reputation of LED lighting has been significantly set back by cheap, off-shore knock-offs with inferior chips and NO thermal management. We need to stop making direct comparisons to our old A-lamps and embrace the strengths of LED instead of saying "It doesn't look the same".
Posted: 10:33 am on October 10th 2013