Light bulbs have come a long way since the first incandescent light was created by Thomas Edison and Joseph Swan in 1879.
These days, light bulbs come in a range of different sizes, shapes, materials and voltages to fit a range of uses – from floor lamps to LED downlights, chandeliers to sensor lights and beyond.
With so many options available, how can you tell which light bulb is best to use?
At Lightingales, we love to shed a guiding light on the five most common types of light bulbs and how they can suit your family home or commercial business.
1. Incandescent Bulbs
When you think of light bulbs, these are the typical light bulbs that come to mind. As mentioned above, commercially viable incandescent light bulbs were first created in 1979 by Thomas Edison and Joseph Swan.
Unfortunately, many variations of this marvellous creation are no longer sold in Australia, as legislation was introduced in 2007 to phase out inefficient incandescent bulbs.
The aim of this legislation was to encourage Australians to switch to more energy efficient lighting, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs), energy efficient halogen globes and compact fluorescent lamps.
Most incandescent bulbs still on the market are for speciality uses, such as in ovens or other appliances where an alternative light bulb has not been created.
2. Fluorescent Lamps
The first commercial fluorescent lamps came onto the market during the 1930’s and have remained a popular lighting solution ever since.
These lights are energy efficient, come in a variety of colour temperatures and produce a diffused light, which is great for even, general lighting in your home.
The fluorescent lamp has a lifespan of between 7,000 to 15,000 hours or more, depending on the how the light is installed and used.
3. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL)
Imagine that you twisted a normal fluorescent light tube into a spiral shape – that is what a Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) looks like.
These lights are incredibly energy efficient, making them a cost-effective choice for use in areas where lights are turned on for extended periods, such as the living room or kitchen. CFL’s also have a life span of between 6,000 to 15,000 hours, so they should last you a considerable amount of time.
CFL lamps can be used in place of incandescent lights and halogen lamps, fitting nicely into a standard light socket. They come in an array of colours, from a cosy warm hue right through to bright & white daylight.
Halogen lamps are similar to incandescent bulbs; however, their unique design means that they last two to three times longer than incandescent bulbs and emit more light.
Halogen lights are a popular choice for their brighter, whiter light, which gives off a crisp light that is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and workspaces, as well as retail stores.
5. Light Emitting Diode (LED)
Last but not least are LED lights, which are incredibly energy efficient. These lights use around 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and halogen lights.
In terms of lifespan, LED lights also last much longer than the other types of light bulbs mentioned above, with an estimated lifespan of 25,000 – 50,000 hours compared to the 1,000-hour lifespan of an incandescent light bulb. They are also more environmentally friendly, emit less heat than other bulbs and are more durable.
Thanks to the design flexibility of LED lights, they can be used in any room of your house in most applications – from downlights in your living room to lights in your chandelier.
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