Common Questions About Light Bulbs Answered!

Our Most Common Light Bulb Question – Answered!

Going to the store to buy a light bulbs doesn’t seem as easy as it used to! Now days, there are tons of options to choose from and it can get a little confusing for the average person. Today we’ve answered the question we get most about light bulbs:

Which bulb should I buy?

The answer to this question depends on a few things. Read on to learn a little about each bulb type. Once you have all of the info you’ll have a better idea of the bulb type you need!

Incandescent
This bulb type is the most commonly used bulb in the US. It is the least expensive and gives off a warm and inviting light. The downside of using this bulb type is that they’re not very energy efficient. They typically only last between 700 and 1000 hours.

Halogen
This type of bulb is similar to incandescents. They give off a light color/tone that is similar to natural daylight, and is often described as “white light”. Most colors viewed underneath a halogen bulb show up sharp. These bulbs are more expensive than incandescents, last a little longer, but burn at a higher temperature. It’s important to follow the handling instructions that come with these bulbs as touching them with bare hands can damage the structure of the bulb.

Fluorescent
Oftentimes used in office buildings and other commercial buildings, this bulb is known for the flat, cold light it gives off. The color emitted is often blue feeling and not flattering to skin types or colors. Fluorescent bulbs cannot be used with a dimmer, and oftentimes flicker or make noise. These bulbs can be made to cover large spaces which makes them great for commercial use.

CFLs
Compact fluorescent bulbs last around 10 times longer than the traditional incandescent bulb, and they consume about 1/4 of the energy. These bulbs are much quieter and warmer than traditional fluorescent bulbs and can be used in place of an incandescent. The downside of using this bulb type is the cost and the fact that they contain trace amounts of mercury.

LED
Light emitting Diode bulbs are the most energy efficient and can last a very long time. They come in a vast selection of sizes and colors and are made to fit just about every light fixture that a traditional incandescent once occupied. The downside of these bulbs is that they’re expensive, and (at this time) only provide directional light, which makes them a poor chose for ambient lighting in a larger space.

Now that you have the basics, it may be easier to make your decision. First, decide how much you’re willing to spend, then move on to your color and longevity options. Call or stop by a Harold’s Lighting store if you have any other lighting related questions!

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