Published at Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 - 09:56:00 AM. Chandelier Lamps. By Roderiga Merino.
Excerpt from Every Type of Light Bulb and Why You Need It :
If you want a bulb on a budget (or your ’vanity’ mirror), incandescent will do in a pinch. This is the ’classic’ bulb your dad constantly picked up at the hardware store. Warm or yellow, it is a helpful option for your garage, closet, or laundry room — primarily, places that can get a lot of ’mileage’ out of a fast burner.
Unfortunately (but fortunately for the environment), this type of light bulb is currently in a “while supplies last” situation. As all 100 to 400-watt bulbs are being phased out, you’ll mostly find incandescents are being made exclusively for antiques or specialized lighting styles. So unless your fixture needs these bulbs to look its best, you might want to invest in a newer type of bulb. Our Light Bulb Conversion Guide can help you make the switch
HALOGEN BULBS: PURE ’WHITE’ LIGHT
Halogen bulbs are similar to incandescents, but they burn hotter, so it’ll feel like the face of the sun when you’re near it. You’ll want to wear gloves when handling halogens because your skin’s oils will create weak spots that can cause your bulb to burn or even explode. Don’t worry if you’ve already handled one — just wipe it down with a little rubbing alcohol and let it dry.
The glowing filament of a halogen bulb can really bring out the vibrant colors in a room. Use this type of light bulb in your track lighting or pendants for moody speakeasy vibes or for a dramatic floodlight effect.
FLUORESCENT BULBS: COOL ’BLUE’ FROST
Fluorescents get a bad rap. You might only know them as the flickering illumination in every off-the-highway public restroom, but they last longer and brighter than most bulbs. Plus, they do it while using less energy.
Whether emanating from a curly or flat bulb, this blue-white fluorescent glow is a reliable choice for less-used spaces where you won’t mind the harsh UV rays. The overhead in your attic or basement and the work area in your den are perfect spots for fluorescents. Just be careful when throwing them away. Breaking a fluorescent bulb can release a small amount of mercury, which is especially dangerous to pregnant women and kids.
LED BULBS: BEST BANG ’FOR’ YOUR BUCK
Ranked from “good” to “best,” the light bulb lineup definitely goes incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, LED. The majority of light bulbs these days are LED, which stands for “light emitting diode.” They come in almost every shade you could hope for, and last longer than any other type of bulb.
The only “bad thing” about an LED bulb is that its output can decrease over its lifetime. That being said, some LED bulbs can last as long as 20 years. Although they may cost more upfront, LED light bulbs will definitely save you money in the long run. Use them in stairways, under cabinets, or for lighting your landscaping during the holidays — these types of bulbs will be there when you need them most.
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