Different Light Bulb Options, Pros and Cons
With the array of different lighting options, it’s no wonder that a range of different light bulb types is necessary. From energy saving light bulbs to LED light bulbs, and a few other specialist versions to add to the mix, it’s important to know exactly what you need, and where to find it.
We’ve put together a simple to understand guide. From size, shape and particular light bulb types, here’s everything you need to know to make the right choice.
Light Bulb Types
There are numerous type of light bulb on the market, but the most often used are the following:
Halogen light bulbs are a popular choice, and a reliable one. They are not the most cost effective, as far as energy saving light bulbs go, with a mere 30% energy saving rating, and a 2 year lifespan. However, they continue to produce crisp light in an instant and are relatively easy to find in hardware stores and supermarkets.
LED Light Bulbs
LED light bulbs produce immediate light and are particularly popular in kitchens and bathrooms. They are often used as a decorative feature in ultra modern settings. LED light bulbs are a long lasting option, with a 25 year lifespan. They are great energy saving light bulbs, with a rating of around 90%
These energy saving light bulbs produce a warm, soft light. They are effective at reducing energy consumption, and bringing down the bills a little. With an 80% energy saving score, they last around 10 years.
Once you’ve determined which type of bulb you need, you need to check your light fixture, to see which fitting you need.
There are three main categories of fitting when it comes to light bulbs, although there are other specialist bulbs that differ from these. Be sure to check your light fixture before you buy your bulbs, to make sure they are compatible with each other.
These bulbs require a push and twist action to insert into the fixture. This type of fitting is used on most regular light bulb types.
Also known as the Edison screw fitting, these bulbs are commonly used around the home. Lamps, in particular, often require these light bulb types.
Spotlights are fitted onto a wall or ceiling, and allow the user to direct light onto a specific place or object. It is possible to fit them yourself, if you know what you’re doing. However, many people choose to employ a qualified electrician to do the job.
Now all that’s left to do is establish the shape of the bulb you need. Your light fixture should determine the most suitable shape of bulb, most of which will fall into one of the following categories: Globe; golf ball; traditional; downlight; candle; spotlight; tube.
Most people prefer a natural lighting scheme in the home, but there are coloured bulbs available if you’re feeling adventurous. Lighting can have a dramatic impact on your room, or it can act as a simple, ambient backdrop. Speak to a specialist at IOS Lighting, to find out how to show your home in the best light possible.