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A Quick Guide to the Different Types of Light Bulb


There are many different shapes, sizes, watts, and fittings when it comes it light bulbs, but there are just a few different types of lighting to choose from. Here is a quick guide to the different types of light bulb you may come across when working on a property. You may decide to use a different kind if you are replacing a light fixture.

Halogen Light Bulbs

If you need a lot of intense light in a space, such as in a hallway or outdoors, or for use as a spotlight, then a halogen light bulb and light fitting is the best choice.

Halogen light bulbs typically use a tungsten filament to generate strong and bright light that is more intense than incandescent light bulbs, but also generates a lot of heat. They only have a short lifespan of just two or three years and use quite a lot of energy to run. However, for some applications, particularly as a small indoor spotlight or for nighttime lighting outside, they are the best choice.

Energy Saving CFL Bulbs

CFL, or Compact Fluorescent Lighting, is a good value lighting option that gives you a high-level of energy saving while also remaining relatively inexpensive to buy.

Though some CFL bulbs can flicker or take a while to reach full luminescence, most modern CFL light bulbs offer the same amount of light and response, with energy savings up to 75% when compared to incandescent light bulbs. Most CFL light bulbs have a lifespan of about seven to ten years, though they are often available in limited shapes and designs, making them unsuitable for some lamps and overhead applications.

LED Lighting and Light Bulbs

The latest lighting technology to hit the mass market is LED lighting. This has become one of the most popular lighting choices very quickly for its long life and low power consumption.

LEDs, or Light Emitting Diodes, use up to ninety per cent less energy than old-style incandescent light bulbs. They also offer energy savings over CFL and Halogen bulbs, making them the best choice overall for energy efficiency. They can also last for up to twenty-five years. Though they can be more expensive than other bulb types, the savings they offer over their lifespan make them the cheapest to own.

You can find old-style LED filament bulbs, with vintage hues, at Any Lamp.co.uk. They have a huge range of LED bulbs, allowing you to find the right wattage, fitting, and bulb shape to suit every lamp and overhead light at great prices.

Incandescent Light Bulbs

This type of light bulb was used for decades but is quickly falling out of fashion. Incandescent light bulbs use a delicate filament that is well known for breaking, and often before use.

These bulbs are incredibly energy inefficient and can cost a lot to run when compared to modern alternatives. They also get very hot very quickly and can cause burns if touched after just a short time operating. Though they can be inexpensive to buy, their short life and high operating cost make them a poor choice for any lighting application.

Now that you know more about the different types of light bulbs, you will be able to make the right choice for you and your application when choosing a new light fitting.


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