Types Of Light Bulbs

Light bulbs are arguably the most common electrical installation in any house or building. Despite the fact that all light bulbs provide the same function, there are many different variants of light bulbs available on the market, each of which possesses a slightly different set of features and drawbacks. Understanding what the differences are between the most common types of light bulbs can help you choose the best light source for your home's lighting needs.

Incandescent Light Bulbs

Incandescent light bulbs are the most common type of light bulb available on the market, largely because of their low price point. Incandescent light bulbs make use of a metal wire that has electricity passed through it to create light.

Despite their low price point, which make them the ideal choice for homeowners looking to cut down building costs, incandescent light bulbs are quickly losing popularity largely because they have very short lifespans and are extremely energy inefficient. This means that over time, you will have to spend more money replacing your burned out light bulbs and on electricity.

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Fluorescent light bulbs are the mid-range light bulb, and provide a nice mix of overall initial affordability with a longer lifespan than incandescent light bulbs and a greater degree of energy efficiency. This can help you keep long run energy and maintenance costs low.

However, something to keep in mind is that fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury, which is a toxic material. This means that broken light bulbs can present a health hazard beyond simple broken glass, and also that you will need to recycle old burned out bulbs at the proper facilities instead of simply throwing them out.

LED Light Bulbs

LED light bulbs are the most energy efficient light bulb currently available on the market. They put out very little heat as wasted energy, which means that LEDs are able to provide a much brighter light than their incandescent and fluorescent counterparts while using much less power. This can help you quickly cut down on your energy bills and maintenance costs, as the long term costs of running and replacing LED light bulbs are relatively low.

However, LED light bulbs come with the major downside of being more expensive than any other type of light bulb currently available. While the low long run costs of LEDs can help offset that cost, this is still something that homeowners with a tight budget should keep in mind.

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