The Differences in Lightbulbs

lightbulbsWith the recent news that incandescent bulbs would be phased out for home use, there is some confusion about what the differences are between the various types of lightbulbs. Consumers wonder if they should choose halogen, fluorescent or LED bulbs. When it comes time to replace your 1157 LED bulb, it may help to know why you are choosing that type of bulb over another.

Incandescent Bulbs

Incandescent bulbs are the old-fashioned bulbs that were commonly used in home light fixtures. They are inexpensive and provide a warm quality in the home. Many people find incandescent bulbs to be psychologically appealing and they are more complimentary to skin tone than other types of bulbs. However, incandescent bulbs are not as energy efficient as other bulb types and they only last between 700 and 1,00 hours.

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) use one quarter of the energy of incandescent bulbs. They also have a much longer life, lasting ten times as long as old-fashioned bulbs. CFLs do not have the ‘buzz’ sound that older versions of fluorescent bulbs have and can be used in almost every light fixture. CFLs, like all other fluorescent bulbs, contain small amounts of mercury, which can be harmful, so it is important to avoid breakage. Rather than throw CFLs away, consumers should recycle the bulbs. Some CFLs will not light in extremely cold temperatures, so be sure to read the label before installing them in outside light fixtures in winter.

Light-Emitting Diode

Light-emitting diode (LEDs) are actually lighting technology. The bulbs are long-lasting and more energy-efficient than other types of lighting, including CFLs. However, they are not widely available for use in all types of light fixtures. LEDs only provide directional light, making them ideal for under-cabinet lighting or automotive bulbs, but not to illuminate a room. Some manufacturers are creating room illumination LEDs by clustering large arrays of them together, but the cost is significant.

Halogen Lights

Halogen lights are a type of incandescent bulb. The illumination is similar to natural daylight and colors appear sharper under halogen lights. Unlike CFLs, it is possible to dim halogen lights, but they are much more expensive and burn at very high temperatures. Never use bare hands to remove a halogen bulb as oils from your fingers can remain on the bulb, causing it to heat too quickly. There have been cases where this has led to explosions of the bulb.

Fluorescent Bulbs

Traditional fluorescent bulbs are often used in office and industrial settings, providing harsh, flat light with a bluish-tint. There are colored fluorescent lights available designed to provide warmer, color or colored lighting. They are best for lighting larger spaces.

This guide can help you understand what type of bulb to choose and explain why certain lights are more readily available in one type over another.

Is Your Data Secure on a Cloud Server

cloud

With cloud computing turning into a rage, especially over the last few years, it is hardly a surprise to see a large majority of internet users using cloud servers to store their important files, including sensitive data such as confidential … [Continue reading]

What is a Proxy Service?

proxy server

A proxy is designed to protect the identity of the user who is accessing content across a global or private network. A proxy may protect the identity in one or more ways: by hiding the user's information (IP address and geographical location) … [Continue reading]

New Technology for More Access Control and Security Monitoring

security monitoring

Long ago, before the technology was available, numerous businesses were vulnerable. Access to their buildings and surrounding premises like parking garages and other facilities were wide open to the public and ripe for predators and criminals to case … [Continue reading]

4 Electrical Components to Keep In Your Toolbag

electrical

Do you know how to fix common wiring or circuitry problems? Do you have the tools to do so? Whether you're an aspiring electrician or just a construction worker who likes to be prepared, here are four supplies that you should always have on hand.1: … [Continue reading]

Choose From A Large Selection Of Pumps

Pumps that are used for water, oil, waste and other fluids are chosen based on their size and speed. The pump for a large aquarium is not nearly as big as a pump that is used for a septic tank. Each new pump that is purchased must match its intended … [Continue reading]

In Search of the Incredible Superpower

Over the last few years, we have witnessed a barrage of technologically advanced gadgets making their way into our daily lives. While all this has been possible due to the unquenched desire of mankind for pushing their limits and making breakthrough … [Continue reading]

4 Considerations When Choosing A Domain Name

domain name

Your domain name is the equivalent of a handshake with a potential customer. If it's weak, strange or unappealing, they might just turn around and take their business elsewhere. So how can you choose the perfect domain? Here are just four ideas. 1: … [Continue reading]

How To Choose The Right Web Hosting Package

webhosting

Whether you sell homemade scarves or are building a small business empire, one of the first projects you need to complete is a professional website. In today's economy, a business without a website hasn't arrived yet. With so many online web hosting … [Continue reading]

3 Things To Do With Your Old Gadgets

gameboy

With technology playing a key role in people's lives these days, it is no surprise to see everyone having a variety of gadgets, with which they perform a number of everyday tasks. However since newer type of gadgets are launched on a regular basis by … [Continue reading]