There are a few light bulb options available for use around the house. Each type has advantages as well as disadvantages. Certain types of light bulbs work better than others in different applications. Learn more about the types available to determine which light bulb type you should be using.
When you envision a light bulb, you are likely picturing an incandescent bulb. They have been around since the late 1800s and are widely used, though production of these bulbs in the U.S. is being phased out in favor of more efficient light bulb types. They last between 700 and 1,000 hours, are compatible with dimmer switches, and produce a warm light. The downside, aside from reduced production of these bulbs, is that they aren’t as efficient as other light bulbs.
A variation of incandescent light bulbs, halogen bulbs produce a light that is the closest to natural daylight. Under halogen light, colors look sharper. They are more expensive than incandescent bulbs, can be used with dimmers, and burn at higher temperatures. This style of light bulb is commonly used in under-cabinet light fixtures and recessed can lights.
This style of bulb produces harsh, bluish light. They cannot be used with dimmer switches. There are many styles of fluorescent light bulbs available, designed to produce different lighting tones. Fluorescent bulbs produce more light and have a longer life than incandescent bulbs. These bulbs are commonly used in overhead lighting applications.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
CFLs use only 25 percent of the energy an incandescent light bulb does, and their lifespan is 10 times longer. These bulbs turn on instantly, are quiet, and offer warm, color-corrected lighting tones. CFLs can be used in any fixture than an incandescent can, so they can easily replace your old bulbs. They do contain minor amounts of mercury; they should be handled with caution to prevent them from breaking and should be recycled properly once they burn out.
Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
LEDs are becoming a very popular lighting option because of their long service life and energy efficiency. LEDs can save you as much as 80 percent per year in energy costs. They are more expensive than CFL bulbs and are most commonly used for directional task lighting rather than whole room lighting.
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