There are many different types of light bulbs on the market for consumers to choose for their lighting source. The most popular since the days of Thomas Edison himself are the incandescent bulbs. These were the original bulbs but have become inefficient in recent years. They are only relevant due to the cheaper price, but what most consumers don’t know is that they’re actually spending more money by going with incandescent bulbs instead of more efficient lighting of the modern era. Inside the bulb, the electricity heats up the wire filament, making it glow and light up. This is also the same way that electrical heaters work making more than 90 percent of the energy produced to be heat and not light. The heat produced ends up driving up electricity bills in hot weather in an air-conditioned home.
Do not worry, though; there are cheaper, more efficient choices for light bulbs available like:
- Halogen Lights – Very close to incandescent lights, but because of the filament being surrounded by gas, they glow just as bright but use less electricity. They are inexpensive and usually only a few dollars per bulb. However, they do burn out quicker than the non-incandescent lights with about one thousand hours per light bulb.
- Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) – These bulbs are a good in between of cost and efficiency, but they do come with a few drawbacks. They have the lighting that consumers are used to in the incandescent bulbs, but they contain mercury, so the clean-up and disposal can become an issue if not done properly.
- Light-Emitting Diode (LED) – Over the last few years, these have become the most efficient lighting bulbs. Depending on the model, an LED can match the warm tones of incandescents or the cool look of CFLs. The price for these bulbs are a bit higher than the others although many manufacturers insist that they are more than worth it and pay for themselves overall with how long they last and the fact that they turn on instantly and don’t take time to light up.
When it comes down to comparing the different types of bulbs, they all have their pros and cons. The one plus that the LED has over all other modern light bulbs is that it is the most energy efficient of the bunch. At the end of the day, any of these bulbs will be better than an old incandescent bulb that is being phased out as it is. So it’s time to take a step into the modern light bulb era and acquire the best lighting at cost and efficiency.