Let there be light!
It seems like a simple thing to install a light bulb to illuminate a dark room. However, not every room deserves to be awash with white light. The lighting can affect our mood and behavior and can even boost or have a negative impact on our productivity.
Fortunately, with advancements in technology, you have a lot of options. If you go to your local hardware store, you’ll see that there are different types of light bulbs to choose from. They come in varying sizes, shapes, colors, and brightness to satisfy the aesthetics that you’re going for.
In this article, we’ll shed some light on the different kinds of light bulbs and how to pick the right one for your needs.
Types of Light Bulbs
In general, there are four light bulb types in the market today. These are incandescent, halogen, compact fluorescent or CFL, and LED or light-emitting diode bulbs.
Incandescent bulbs are your traditional light bulbs that were invented by Thomas Edison and Joseph Swan. Inside the bulb is a tungsten filament that glows when a current passes through it.
These light bulbs are gradually being phased out because they do not meet the new energy-efficient standards. They’re usually the cheapest option but they need to be replaced more often and are scarcer because of the phase-out.
While incandescent bulbs are the least efficient bulb, the soft, warm glow gives a cozier feel. The red-rich light also gives a sunset effect that’s flattering to most skin tones.
Halogen bulbs are an improvement to the incandescent bulb. While they both use a heated filament, halogen bulbs, as the name implies, use halogen gas to increase the light output and lifespan of the bulb. As a result, halogen lights last twice as long and are slightly more efficient compared to incandescent.
The increased brightness comes at a cost though. The halogen lamp can achieve almost high-noon daylight levels but at a much higher operating temperature. They are great for under cabinet lighting and as hanging pendant lights but not recommended for fixtures that are within easy reach.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
CFLs are bulbs with a spiral design that works on the same principle as fluorescent lamps. If you’ve used a traditional fluorescent light, the tubular one, you’ll note that it produces more light and lasts longer than incandescent. However, they also produce a buzzing noise, and the light is often harsh, blue, and cold.
Unlike old fluorescent lights, CFLs are quiet and have a warmer, color-corrected glow. They are an excellent choice for large spaces such as kitchens and basements. These light bulbs, however, contain a small amount of mercury so careful handling is advised.
What’s not to like about these modern light bulbs? LED bulbs are super-efficient, stay cool to the touch, long-lasting, and without any harmful mercury. They also emit a bright light that makes them perfect as outdoor floodlights.
Some LED bulbs are also WiFi-enabled and can work with smart devices. With a touch of a button or by speaking to a voice-controlled app, you can brighten or dim the lights and even change the colors.
Light up Your Life!
With many different types of light bulbs to choose from, your lighting needs are well-covered. Every room and every nook and cranny can be illuminated to your desired ambiance.
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