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Not Sure Which Light Bulbs to Buy? Here's What You Need to Know

Posted by Justin Havre on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 at 9:03am.

Light Bulb Information for Homeowners Who Want to Save MoneyJust a few decades ago, incandescent light bulbs were the most common light bulbs available in stores, and they were the most commonly found light bulbs in the lighting of each room of the home. Today, there are many different kinds of light bulbs used by Southwest Calgary homeowners. If you're a homeowner who would like to save money and reduce your utility costs, you have many options. Here's what you need to know.

Incandescent Light Bulbs

These light bulbs have been around for a very long time, and have a very basic design. Incandescent light bulbs contain a wire (called a filament) that heats up to produce light. These bulbs come in different brightnesses for different purposes. Incandescent light bulbs produce a lot of heat. The glass from an incandescent light bulb can burn skin when touched.

Incandescent lights are inexpensive and designed to fit in most light fixtures. However, many people have switched to other light bulbs in recent years. The energy used to keep these light bulbs functioning makes these bulbs no longer attractive to many homeowners.

LED Light Bulbs

LED light bulbs are some of the most efficient light bulbs available on the market. They're approximately 80% - 90% more efficient than incandescent light bulbs, and can last up to 25 years longer than incandescent bulbs. LEDs, however, can be touchy and must be used properly in order to be effective.

Homeowners should read all product manufacturer notes about LEDs before installing any LED light bulb in their home. If the LED is installed improperly (for example, if the light bulb was installed in the wrong type of light fixture), then the bulb could fail early. This is an expensive mistake to make, as LED light bulbs are often more expensive than incandescent light bulbs.

Halogen Lights

Halogen lights contain a filament, just like incandescent light bulbs. However, halogen lights also contain a gas that boosts the light produced by the filament. This enables the light bulb to produce the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb, but reduces the energy required to produce that light.

Halogen lights are not as efficient as LED lights. Compared to incandescent lights, halogens are about 25% more efficient. Halogen lights also last three times as long as incandescent lights, on average.

Save Money, Replace Your Light Bulbs

If you're a homeowner who would like to save money on your energy usage, replace the light bulbs in your home. This is a simple way to keep your utility bills low and reduce your home's carbon footprint.

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