A decade ago, choosing the right lightbulb was an easy job, however, thanks to the new crop of bulbs now available on the market, selecting just the right one can be a bit of a challenge.
There are currently 4 main types of lightbulbs:
- LED (Light Emitting Diode)
Incandescent Light bulb
This is the standard bulb that has been considered the “old standby” for years. It comes in a variety of colors as well as in white, is inexpensive and uses heat to generate light. While this bulb is still available for purchase, it has fallen out of favor over the last few years as more energy efficient models are now marketed as being the “greener”, smarter way to go.
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs or CFL
This bulb has seen its popularity increase ever since it was first introduced. This type of lightbulb uses much less energy to produce the same amount of lighting as the incandescent bulb and has been touted as being much better for the environment and the planet as it uses gas and not heat as its main energy source. The CFL burns much cooler and can last much longer than the incandescent bulb – this translates into better efficiency and huge costs savings in the long term. These bulbs are also highly versatile and can be used in most situations where regular lighting is required.
Halogen Light bulb
These lightbulbs are considered highly “specialized” versions of the Incandescent bulb and are only used for specific types of lighting that require crisp/white lighting. These bulbs burn extremely hot, but do last longer than the regular incandescent variety however they are also quite costly and can make a dent in your budget, over the long run.
Light Emitting Diode Lightbulb (LED)
These bulbs are extremely long lasting and use much less energy than the CFL version and while this is certainly an interesting proposition, the LED bulb currently offers only limited brightness with its white directional lighting. Because of this drawback, the LED bulb is currently being used in very specific situations where bulbs of lower brightness will work well, such as in cabinet doors.
As you can see, there is a light bulb for just about any situation you may think of and finding the right bulb will depend greatly on the situation.