We know that lights are designed for different purposes. But did you know that selecting the right kind of light bulb can also make a huge difference to your lighting?

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Typically, we pay attention to light bulbs only when they blow or when there’s a spike in our electricity bill. However, the good news is that with a few handy tips, you can choose the right kind of light bulbs for your homes and office.

For a multitude of indoor and outdoor uses, light bulbs are available today in a wide selection of sizes, shapes, and wattage. From incandescents to LED’s, light bulbs are ever-evolving and are designed to solve all kinds of lighting needs.

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Before you go shopping for your lights, check out this ultimate guide that describes the basic make, uses, and price points of different light bulbs:

1. Incandescent Light Bulbs
Incandescent light bulb guide

Incandescent light bulbs are the traditional filament bulbs. They have a wire filament heating mechanism which, when supplied by electric currents, glow with visible light.  Incandescent light bulbs, however, emit a lot of heat and are considered poor in terms of energy efficiency.

Over the years, these light bulbs have been in use for multiple purposes. From lamps to ceiling fixtures, incandescent bulbs were actually the only option in the market before their modern alternatives stepped in.

These lights are warm, excellent for creating ambient spaces and perfect for lamps with dimmers. They are also available in a mix of sizes, shapes and voltage capacities ranging anywhere between 1.5 volts to 300 volts.

But, there are a few downsides to choosing incandescent light bulbs.

Although these bulbs come at a very affordable price, they also burn out pretty fast, making them expensive in the long run. Moreover, the excess heat generated by the filaments makes them a less favorable choice for most setups.

As modern technology aims to make energy efficient versions of the incandescents, you must consider your needs well before opting for this variety of light bulb.

2. HalogensHalogen light bulb guide

Halogens are pretty similar to incandescent light bulbs. Made with a tungsten filament, the insides of these bulbs are filled with a small amount of halogen gas like iodine and bromine. The gas then recycles the drained tungsten to reduce the amount of electricity used to produce light, making them more energy efficient.

They’re a bit more expensive than incandescents and don’t last much longer than a standard incandescent bulb.

With the closest match to natural daylight, halogens run at a much higher temperature and need to be handled very carefully. They’re great as dimmers and can instantly illuminate to produce enough bright light.

Halogen bulbs are also extremely popular as spotlights and for reading or doing tasks due to their anti-glare feature.

Nevertheless, these light bulbs are a popular choice for architectural and display lighting, outdoor security, floodlight fixtures as well as under-cabinet and even pendant lighting.

3. Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)CFL light bulb guide

Compact fluorescent lights, AKA CFLs, are highly cost-effective light bulbs. Designed to be the new-age lighting solution, CFL light bulbs use only one-third to one-fifth of your electric power.

These can even last up to 15 times longer than the regular incandescent bulbs, to save you plenty in electricity costs over the lamp’s entire lifetime.

However, CFLs aren’t meant for outdoor lighting purposes. Extreme weather changes and cold climates do hamper the functioning of these light bulbs. Unlike incandescents and halogens, CFL light bulbs also can’t be used as dimmers. In fact, there is a high chance that you can radically deteriorate its lifespan if you turn them on and off very frequently.

With a curved or folded tube, CFLs come with a compact electronic stabilizer at the base of the lamp. With argon and fluorspar coating as its basic components, CFL’s instantly produces ultraviolet light once electricity passes through it.

While these bulbs do take a while before attaining full brightness, they can remain lit for much longer hours than ordinary light bulbs. These light bulbs are good to use anywhere, as they fit well with most indoor light fixtures.

But did you know that CFLs contain small traces of mercury?

While the proportion is much less than other household products, it’s important that we recycle them carefully. So, before you randomly dispose of or break a CFL bulb in the trash, make sure to read the safety disposal guidelines by the Environmental Protection Agency.

4. Light Emitting Diode (LED) BulbsLED light bulb guide

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode.

These are small semiconductors that can transform electricity into light. LED light bulbs are available in a plethora of colors, sizes, and shapes.

They’re also environmentally-friendly and cost-effective.  These light bulbs can instantly brighten up and can change to a wide spectrum of colors, ranging from warm whites to cooler hues.

Some LEDs are also dimmable and can easily outlive their ordinary counterparts.

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Take a look at Brightech’s lamps for instance. With most of their lamps designed using the advanced White LED Technology, they can easily live for up to 20 years without burning or overheating.

LED light bulbs are strong and sturdy and can withstand long hours of being in use. They also don’t have filaments, which means that they won’t blow out easily.

Being one of the most popular light bulbs of our time, LEDs can be used in multiple ways.  And although they aren’t perfected for diffused lighting, LED bulbs are ideal for task lighting, accent lamps, recessed lighting, and many other household lighting purposes.

We hope you found this guide helpful!

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