If you’ve walked down the lighting aisle at your local hardware store, you understand how overwhelming and confusing it can be to know which light bulbs to purchase. Staring at the dozens of choices, wondering what the differences are; wonder no more. As residential experts Proline Electric here is to help you. The next time you head to purchase new light bulbs, keep this guide in mind.
Halogen Incandescent Bulbs
These bulbs comply with federal minimum energy efficiency standards. While they may not be the most efficient option, they use 28% less energy, and last 3 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. These bulbs contain a filament enclosed by a capsule filled with halogen gas. They operate using a “halogen cycle”, this cycle reuses particles created within the filament. There are two types of these bulbs available in a wide range of shapes and colors. They can be used anywhere an incandescent bulb can be used, while producing the same amount of light with less energy.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)
Many improvements to CFLs have been made since there introduction in the 1980’s such as; better colour rendering, less mercury content(but still contain tiny amounts), elimination of buzz or flickering, instant start up, and dimmability. CFLs can produce the same light output and colours as incandescent light bulbs but are far more energy efficient. ENERGY STAR certified CFLs use up to 75% less energy. Many CFLs last 8 or more times as long as traditional incandescent’s. Some are encased in a cover to further diffuse the light, providing a similar shape to traditional incandescent bulbs, and providing extra breakage protection. Once the bulb has reached the end of it’s life, they should always be recycled.
Light-emitting diodes (LED’s)
LED’s are the most energy efficient option and can last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. They consume approx. 20 to 25 percent of the energy of traditional bulbs, and about 70 to 75 percent less energy than halogen bulbs. LED’s are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, as they can withstand cold temperatures. They come in a wide range of colours, shapes, and sizes. They are great for dimmable lighting and motion sensing. Although they are more expensive than any other light bulb, they make up for it in their lifetime cost savings.
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