An Electrician Guide To The Different Types Of Light Bulbs | Wilmington, NC
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Much scientific research went into developing the first light bulbs and bringing electric light to the masses. Scientists and inventors such as Edison have been hailed as geniuses for their part in this incredible invention.
Nowadays, most people take electric light for granted; it’s available at the flick of a switch and is used to light our homes, school, offices and can even be used for outdoor lighting and street lights.
If you live in Wilmington, NC, or the surrounding area and are looking for an electrician, don’t hesitate to contact Mister Sparky. The company is available to install lighting into new builds or replace existing lights in your home. They can repair and maintain your electrical system.
While the first light bulbs were pretty simple, nowadays there is a large selection of bulbs available. You may have noticed that in the last few decades, the light bulb aisle at your local supermarket or store is getting larger. There seems to be a confusing choice of lightbulbs in different shapes, sizes, and wattages. This article will look at the different kinds of light bulbs on the market.
The most common types of light bulb
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You’ve probably noticed that there are a few main types of light bulbs, the most popular being the compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL). These bulbs have a curvy design and are unique as they look twisted. While some people feel that these types of bulbs don’t emit enough light, they are considered more environmentally friendly.
Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs are also very popular and are used as the main lighting source as well as for lighting on many different home appliances. Fluorescent tubes are often used to light larger spaces or open plan designs; they are common in public spaces such as schools and offices. Halogen light bulbs offer a high-intensity light, which many homeowners prefer. Let’s look at each type of light bulb in turn; we’ll tell you the benefits and disadvantages of each light bulb type and will help you to sort out your home’s lighting. If you would like any help in deciding what type of light bulb is right for your home or commercial property, you can ask your local electrician for advice.
Incandescent light bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs are traditional-looking bulbs that are similar to an Edison style light bulb. They have a tungsten-wire but are becoming less popular as time goes on. These light bulbs aren’t very energy efficient and aren’t considered environmentally friendly. In some places, they have started to be phased out of production.
Incandescent light bulbs last approximately one year. They waste lots of energy, and you’re likely to have higher electricity bills to pay if you choose this type of bulb. Rather than continuing to use incandescent light bulbs, you can ask your local electrician for advice about which bulbs would best suit your home.
Fluorescent light bulbs
Fluorescent light bulbs are fairly new to the market; a decade ago, most people had never even heard of a CFL (compact fluorescent light bulb). These lightbulbs are made from twisted glass and continue to increase in popularity. While fluorescent light bulbs do cost slightly more than incandescent bulbs, they are long lasting and more energy efficient. They are also less prone to going out and have a nine-year lifespan on average.
There are different types of fluorescent light bulbs, with the CFL being the most common. This type of bulb is most commonly found in schools, offices, public spaces, and other workplaces. These bulbs contain mercury and should be recycled carefully rather than being put in the trash. Most major retailers will accept these bulbs and recycle them. You can ask your local electrician where bulbs can be recycled, and they can also give you advice about which bulbs would best suit your home.
LED light bulbs
LED (light-emitting diode) light bulbs are becoming more and more popular; in the future, they are likely to become the most common light bulb around. LED bulbs are very energy-efficient and could save you money on your energy bills. They also last on average ten years. The cost of LED bulbs has also seen a sharp decrease in recent times, and its thought that this trend is likely to continue. You can ask your local electrician for more advice about LED bulbs.
Halogen light bulbs and HID bulbs
When looking in the bulb aisle of most stores, you’ll also notice halogen bulbs and HID (high-intensity discharge) bulbs. These lightbulbs are often used in home appliances such as halogen ovens rather than as lighting.
HID bulbs are often used for outdoor lighting, street lighting, and traffic lights. They are also used for spotlights in the kitchen. HID light bulbs are often used for commercial purposes or in industrial workshops’. These lights contain either mercury or sodium vapor, which is used to create light. If you need your halogen oven fixed or want to find out more about how you can use halogen or HID light bulbs in your commercial property, you can seek advice from your local electrician. An electrical company will be able to give you advice about which bulbs would best suit your home.
Mister Sparky of Wilmington, Electrician
If you live in Wilmington, NC, and are looking for advice about which type of lighting or light bulbs would be best for your home, a Mister Sparky professional can help. Mister Sparky employs a team of professional electricians that can install electrics into new builds or maintain existing electrical systems. They are also equipped to deal with all electrical emergencies and are available for 24/7 call out.
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