LED Versus Fluorescent Bulbs

Here’s a comparison of a LED shop light versus a T8 fluorescent shop light.

For me the big consideration is the amount of light or Lumens that is going to be available for the plants. The four bulb fluorescent fixture is a big winner at 11,000 Lumens over the paltry 3200 for the LED bulb. Another thing I notice is that the LED has a much different color spectrum than the fluorescent – 4000 versus a range of 5,000 to 6500. I know that plants do well with fluorescent bulbs, but have never tried the LED.

I also like the fact that I can just use one fluorescent fixture to get the 11,000 lumens, but I’d have to use four fixtures to get up to 12,800 lumens with LED. The cost would also just to $160 for the four LED fixtures.

Comparison Cost Lumens Watts Life Color
T8 – 4 bulb fixture $50 11,000 128 30,000 5000-6500
LED shop light-1 bulb $40 3200 36 50,000 4000



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One response to “LED Versus Fluorescent Bulbs

  1. Jim and Judy Stroup

    I knew I could count on you to flesh out the fact! Thanks,


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