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The life spans of the three types of bulbs are significantly different. An LED bulb has a life span of 50,000 hours, whereas the CFL has a lifespan of 8000 hours and the incandescent lasts a mere 1200 hours. The LED bulb is the most durable, easily withstanding rough treatment such as jarring and bumping. The incandescent light bulb has little tolerance to the same treatment since the filament and glass can easily break. The CFL bulb is also less durable than the LED bulb because of its glass construction. The amount of heat emitted is 3.4 btu/h for the 8-W LED bulb, 85 btu/h for the 60-W incandescent bulb, and 30 btu/h for the CFL bulb. As mentioned earlier, a major drawback of the CFL bulb is that it contains mercury, a neurotoxin, and must be disposed of as hazardous waste. From these data, it is easy to understand why the LED light bulb is quickly becoming the standard in lighting.

Light output of led, incandescent, and cfl light bulbs
Light Output
LED Light Bulbs
Incandescent Light Bulbs
CFL Light Bulbs
450 4−5 40 9−13
800 6−8 60 13−15
1100 9−13 75 18−25
1600 16−20 100 23−30
2600 25−28 150 30−55

Summary of relationships

In this chapter, we have discussed relationships between voltages, current, resistance, and power. [link] shows a summary of the relationships between these measurable quantities for ohmic devices. (Recall that ohmic devices follow Ohm’s law V = I R .) For example, if you need to calculate the power, use the pink section, which shows that P = V I , P = V 2 R , and P = I 2 R .

Picture shows the circles that demonstrates the relationships between power in Watts, current in Amperes, voltage in Volts, and resistance in Ohms. Current is represented as Voltage divided by Resistance, Power divided by Voltage, and square root of Power divided by Resistance. Resistance is represented as Voltage squared divided by Power, Voltage divided by Current, and Power divided by Current squared. Voltage is represented as Power divided by Current, Square root of product of Power and Resistance, product of Current and Resistance. Power is represented as product of Current squared and Resistance, Voltage divided by Resistance squared, and product of Voltage and Current.
This circle shows a summary of the equations for the relationships between power, current, voltage, and resistance.

Which equation you use depends on what values you are given, or you measure. For example if you are given the current and the resistance, use P = I 2 R . Although all the possible combinations may seem overwhelming, don’t forget that they all are combinations of just two equations, Ohm’s law ( V = I R ) and power ( P = I V ) .


  • Electric power is the rate at which electric energy is supplied to a circuit or consumed by a load.
  • Power dissipated by a resistor depends on the square of the current through the resistor and is equal to P = I 2 R = V 2 R .
  • The SI unit for electric power is the watt and the SI unit for electric energy is the joule. Another common unit for electric energy, used by power companies, is the kilowatt-hour (kW · h).
  • The total energy used over a time interval can be found by E = P d t .

Conceptual questions

Common household appliances are rated at 110 V, but power companies deliver voltage in the kilovolt range and then step the voltage down using transformers to 110 V to be used in homes. You will learn in later chapters that transformers consist of many turns of wire, which warm up as current flows through them, wasting some of the energy that is given off as heat. This sounds inefficient. Why do the power companies transport electric power using this method?

Although the conductors have a low resistance, the lines from the power company can be kilometers long. Using a high voltage reduces the current that is required to supply the power demand and that reduces line losses.

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