Light bulbs are probably the most commonly purchased of electrical supplies, but there’s still a lot of thought process that may go into your purchase. You may want to think about energy efficiency. You may want to think about what mood you are trying to create with the lighting in your home. Here we will review some options in light bulb buying. Hopefully, it will make your decision-making process a bit easier.
Different Types of Light Bulbs
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: These are among the most energy efficient light bulbs. CFL’s produce a UV light and can be available for outdoor use. They may not hold up to power surges so it’s not advisable to use them in a workshop.
Light Emitting Diodes: Along with CFL’s, LED’s are also among the most energy-efficient light bulbs. They can also be used outdoors if indicated on the package. Because the bulb stays cool they do not contribute to heat build up and can help you save on air conditioning costs.
Fluorescent Bulbs: These are bulbs or tubes that emit UV light. They will not work without a ballast.
Halogen Bulbs: These run on halogen gas that increases the light output and rated life. They emit a high-quality light and can last up to a year.
HID Bulbs: These are primarily used in larger spaces like warehouses, commercial spaces and in streetlights. Because they don’t have filaments, they tend to last longer than most other light bulbs. They also require a ballast in order to function.
Incandescent Bulbs: Because these bulbs do not comply with current energy efficiency standards, they are being phased out. They are available for purchase, only while supplies last.
In addition to learning the different types of bulbs that are available, there are certain characteristics of bulbs that you may want familiarize yourself with. When buying light bulbs in electrical supply stores, be sure to look at the lighting label on each package. These will let you know what you can expect from your purchase including the brightness, estimated yearly cost, life expectancy, energy use, light appearance and mercury information of the light bulb.
The label will also indicate the Kelvin temperature of the bulb. This measures the light color or appearance of the bulb. A lower Kelvin number will indicate that the color has a more yellow appearance, while a higher number means the light has more white or blue tones.
Light bulbs are available in many different types of electrical supply outlets. If you are shopping for electrical supplies online, be sure to read the description of the bulb carefully to ensure you are buying the bulb you need. Look out for indications like whether it is suited for outdoor use, and whether it can be used for dimmable lighting or with a three-way switch. Electricians may purchase bulbs in bulk at electrical wholesale outlets.
Buying a light bulb seems like a simple task, but it may be more complicated than it seems. Hopefully, this article was valuable in educating you about the different types of bulbs available for your home or office use. Good luck finding the bulb that is right for you.