Knowing The Various Types Of Light Bulbs

by Editor on April 30, 2013


A lot of homeowners usually pick incandescent bulbs to light up their properties as it is the cheaper alternative compared to other types out there. You can easily find brands that are selling for .50 cents, all the more encouraging most buyers to opt for it due to the savings offered. However, there are a couple other types of bulbs that you should consider when shopping for new bulbs. If you are wondering what they are, keep reading and we’ll do a breakdown comparison of the different types of light bulbs.


Incandescent bulbs are the basic light bulbs found in most traditional lamps and fixtures. They are cheap to initially buy, produce a moderate amount of lighting, and most stores carry them. As a result, they’ve become the most popular light bulb choice over the years. Although, there are some disadvantages associated with incandescent bulbs, one of which is their short lifespan. A typical 60-watt incandescent light bulb will only last for approximately 1,200 hours before the filament burns out and needs to be replaced.

Another disadvantage to using incandescent bulbs is their poor energy efficiency rating. If you had 30 incandescent bulbs in your home, you can expect to pay around $320/year in electricity. Of course, many families have 40, 50 or even 60 bulbs, so this number can quickly rise depending on your specific home lighting needs. The bottom line is that incandescent bulbs may have a lower cost upfront, but you’ll end up paying more with their short lifespan and poor energy efficiency rating.

Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL)

A more cost-effective type of home lighting is compact fluorescent light (CFL). These bulbs look quite different from their counterpart incandescent, as they have a spiral glass design that fits into a traditional socket. The main advantage to using CFL bulbs, however, is their energy efficiency. On average, you’ll save about 60% on energy by making the switch from incandescent to CFL in your home.

It’s important to note that CFL bulbs contain mercury vapor in them. If you happen to break or bust one of these bulbs, you could potentially poison yourself by breathing in this toxic vapor. When your CFL bulbs burn out, you must take take them to a special landfill so the mercury won’t pollute the environment. Some people may find this added step to be a nuisance, but it’s necessary to prevent further pollution.

Light-Emitting Diode (LED)

LEDs are a third type of lighting. Unfortunately, these bulbs generally don’t fit into traditional lamp and fixture sockets like incandescent and CFL. If you want to use LED lights, you’ll have to purchase an entirely new fixture. LED are known to last far longer than any other type of lighting, some of which can push 50,000-75,000 hours. They are also far cheaper to run in terms of energy.

Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding on the different types of light bulbs so you choose the one that’s right for you.

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