Saving energy has become a mainstream concern for residential and commercial spaces. With that in mind, choosing the right light bulb for every room has become more important and slightly more complicated. Read on to find out exactly which light bulbs you should install.
Light Bulbs: So Many Choices
There are three basic light bulb types on the market today. These include incandescent, LED, and CFL. Incandescent bulbs are available in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. These light bulbs are affordable, but they are not the most energy-efficient. LED lights deliver the greatest energy efficiencies. They are also the most durable, however, they are quite costly. CFLs or compact fluorescent light bulbs are lengthy tube lights and last longer if not constantly switched on and off. CFLs contain greater energy efficiencies than the basic incandescent light and have a longer lifespan although they are not suitable for most rooms.
So which bulbs should you purchase? Every room in the home has a purpose. Different light bulb types offer a range of function and benefits, including:
- Different performance benefits
- Varied illumination degrees as measured in lumens (brightness)
- Energy usage as measured in watts
- A range of color temperature as measured in Kelvins
Determine the tasks that you will perform in an area before choosing a light. Use incandescent light bulbs with a higher lumen level such as 100 watts where more light is necessary. Consider using a bulb that produces a white light temperature of 4000K in heavy task areas.
Both CFLs and LEDs are appropriate for use in spaces that require light for long periods of time. CFLs work well in outdoor spaces, playrooms, kitchens, and studies where energy efficient light is needed constantly. Incandescent light bulbs can be used throughout the home, however, LED lights offer greater energy efficiencies.
Contact an Electrician in Westminster MD
Contact Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling for all your lighting needs. No job is too small. We give 100% to every light bulb change, just as we do to a remodeling or rewiring project. Contact us today to learn more about our services.