Understanding the different types of light bulbs you can find at the store can help you make more informed decisions about the kind of light you want in your home. There are four main types of light bulbs, each with their own characteristics and uses. Keep reading to learn more.
Four Main Types of Light Bulbs
1. Incandescent Bulbs
Starting with the most common, incandescent bulbs are often the go-to for bulb replacement in interior light. While these are still very popular, their efficiency is overshadowed by other bulbs. 90% of the energy used in incandescent bulbs produces heat, not light. The average lifespan of this light is around 1,000 to 2,000 hours per bulb.
2. Fluorescent/CFL Bulbs
Fluorescents come in two main forms. Standard fluorescent lights are available in cylindrical tubes, which are generally used in offices and commercial spaces. CFLs, or compact fluorescent lights, are much smaller can be more easily used throughout a home. A standard fluorescent light has a mileage of about 20,000 hours, while a CFL holds roughly 15,000. Fluorescents typically give off a bright, white light, making them perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, and spaces where lighting is most important.
3. Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulb
LED lighting has grown in popularity over a couple of decades. These types of light bulbs can be used in just about any room in your home. Many of these bulbs can be programmed to change to a variety of colors with the tap of a finger. LED bulbs have longer shelf-lives, lasting up to five times longer than your average incandescent. If you are looking for lights that give you high value for your dollar, consider buying LED lights.
4. Halogen Light Bulbs
These types of light bulbs are more energy-efficient than traditional incandescents and are dimmable, emitting light that is comparable to daylight. This makes them a great choice for recessed lighting, under cabinet lighting, pendant lighting, outdoor lighting, and more. Just be careful. These bulbs warm quickly, so they should be kept away from combustible materials.
Remember to keep in mind the watts and lumens for the light bulbs that you purchase. Watts measure the energy a bulb will use, while lumens measure how bright a bulb will be. Check the fixtures in your home for a sticker that displays the appropriate wattage rating.
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