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    A Beginner’s Guide to Light Bulb Types

    A Beginner’s Guide to Light Bulb Types

    January 24, 2019

    A Beginner’s Guide to Light Bulb Types

    When you change a light bulb in your house, do you reach for the most familiar type without thinking? Unless you are already looking for ways to save energy, you might not think twice about which type of light bulbs you use.

    When it comes to home lighting, you don’t have to settle for plain old incandescent bulbs if you don’t want to. Here is a beginner’s guide to light bulb types and their pros and cons from our team of expert electricians at 24/7 Electric.

    Incandescent Light Bulbs

    Incandescent light bulbs are the most common type people use in their homes. They are typically the cheapest bulbs on the shelf, but they come with the least energy-saving capabilities. They range from 40-110 watts and they come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. A filament inside the lightbulb radiates heat in order them to produce light.

    Halogen Light Bulbs

    Halogen bulbs are similar to incandescent bulbs, but they are more energy efficient. They use a heated filament to produce light, but they also utilize the halogen cycle. When an incandescent bulb heats its filament with electricity, it burns a chemical called tungsten. Tungsten darkens the glass in a light bulb as it evaporates and decreases the light it can emit.

    Halogen bulbs use halogen gas to prevent tungsten from sticking to the surface of the bulb. This helps the light bulbs to last a little bit longer. These bulbs are typically used for recessed lighting, pendant lighting, and under-cabinet lighting.

    LED Light Bulbs

    The acronym LED stands for light emitting diodes. These are some of the most energy efficient bulbs on the market, which means they tend to come at a higher purchasing price. LED bulbs don’t have filaments that radiate heat to create light, they use semiconductors to transform electricity into light.

    LED bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and they can last up to 25 times longer. They are extremely durable and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors so that you can use them interchangeably in all the same spots where incandescent bulbs used to go.

    CFL Light Bulbs

    The acronym CFL stands for compact fluorescent lamps. These bulbs are also a great energy efficient alternative to incandescent bulbs. They look like a series of coiled tubes instead of the round egg shape most classic light bulbs have.

    CFL bulbs use argon and mercury gases to produce UV light. The inside of each bulb is coated with phosphor that makes this UV light visible. CFL bulbs are popular because they use less energy and last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, but they are cheaper than LED bulbs.

    The downside to CFL bulbs is that they contain mercury, which is poisonous. You must take care not to break them and risk releasing mercury into the environment. They can also take 30 seconds or more to warm up and become fully lit.

    We hope this guide to light bulb types helps you upgrade the bulbs in your home wisely.

    Ultimately only you can decide which type of light bulb is right for your home. We hope this guide helped to educate our customers about their lighting options so that they can conserve some energy in 2019.

    If you need a licensed and qualified electrician in Calgary, call 24/7 Electric! 587-315-1361 for a Calgary Electrician, or complete our online request form.