A Simple Guide to Buying Bulbs

Ever go to switch on a light and find yourself still sitting in darkness? Of course, at some point you have replaced a bulb. So-- you go to the store and walk down an aisle of bulbs that are a different shape, size, color, brand, and kind, and there is a huge variation in price. If you are like me, you might just grab a bulb because of the price or maybe something recognizable like the watts.

Today, there are multiple types of bulbs and all have their pros and cons depending on your lifestyle (and yes, that does matter when you choose something as simple as a bulb.) To make it easy to know what you want, we have compiled a list of bulb types and their attributes to help you find the best lighting for your space.

Incandescent Bulbs

This is the most common light bulb used and generally last from 700-1000 hours. Because it has the shortest expected life span, it is also the least expensive. With a warm tone to it can be used almost anywhere, however, it is not energy efficient.

Pro: This bulb is inexpensive.

Con: It is not energy efficient.

Halogen Bulbs

As a variation of an incandescent bulb, this light is also less expensive and has a life span of approximately 1000-1250 hours. With a close resemblance to natural day light, this bulb makes colors appear sharper. This bulb is normally used for cabinet lighting, pendants, and recessed lighting.

Pro: This bulb is slightly more energy efficient.

Con: If you want to change out the bulb, you cannot use bare hands. Human oils can rub off and cause the bulb to heat too quickly.

Fluorescent Bulbs

This is the lighting we all complain to look terrible in. It's also the equivalent of natural day light. There are many different types and these tend to last an average of three years. However, if you are in an environment where the lights are being turned on and off often, the life span diminishes significantly, and they cannot be put on a dimmer. These lights are used to give off large areas such as basements.

Pro: This bulb produces a large amount of light.

Con: The blu-ish light that is produced.

CFL's or Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

These bulbs are a pretty easy sell at first. They consume 1/4 the energy that an incandescent bulb does. They last about 10 times longer, and even though it's a fluorescent, the color tones are correctd, and the lighting is not as harsh. After use, these bulbs should be recycled.

Pro: They can be used anywhere an incandescent bulb is used.

Con: They have a trace amount of mercury. It is not a large amount and when disposed of properly it would not be a huge harm to us or the environment however, most people are not recycling their bulbs.

LED or Light Emitting Diodes

LED "bulbs" are the newest form of lighting and when they first made their way onto the market the prices were extremely high, and in comparison, they still are. But, because they are long-lasting and extremely energy efficient, the idea is in the long run you will gain the difference and then some back. They are mostly used as directional lights but not new models are including clustered LEDs to create more diffused lighting.

Pro: They are extremely energy efficient.

Con: They do not yet have standards and are not yet entirely ready to replace all bulbs.

Overall, all bulbs have pros and cons, but it wouldn't be absurd to say the industry is working to make LED the number one choice and eventually the benefits should surpass all other types.

From our home to yours!

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