Not all lightbulbs are created equal. There are many different types of lightbulbs, and each has its own specific use cases, advantages, and disadvantages. We have created a new guide and infographic to help you choose the best energy efficient lightbulb for your home Pros and cons of each Type.
Types of light bulbs
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There are four different types of lightbulbs that you will recognize: LED, incandescent, halogen, and CFL. Each of these lightbulbs has its own advantages and disadvantages; It is worth noting, however, that CFL lamps are much more energy efficient than incandescent or halogen lamps.
The pros and cons of LED and CFL lightbulbs
Light Emitting Diode (LED) lightbulbs
LED lamps were originally developed as a form of colored lighting for laboratories and became widespread for residential use in the 1990s. Although originally expensive, LED bulbs can now be found in almost every store that sells lightbulbs. They are both affordable and energy efficient. In addition, many of them have an integrated smart home capability for smartphone and voice assistant control.
- Energy efficient
- There is almost no heat
- Lifespan up to 50,000 hours
- Usually contains some recycled materials
- May overheat if used in some enclosed lights
- Can contribute to greater light pollution
- Some lightbulbs do not last up to published specifications
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL)
Like LED lamps, CFL lightbulbs are energy efficient and relatively inexpensive. However, they usually don’t last as long as LED light bulbs and are less energy efficient.
- Cheaper than LED lamps
- Longer life than halogen and incandescent bulbs
- Can be recycled
- Different sizes and temperatures for each setting
- May take time to lighten
- Not as energy efficient as LED lamps
- Shorter lifespan than LED lamps
- May contain small amounts of mercury vapor
Depending on your specific needs in your home, your choice of light bulb may change. However, energy efficiency should come first if you are looking for lower energy costs and a way to conserve resources. This makes LED and compact fluorescent lamps attractive compared to incandescent and halogen lamps.
This bigger one Energy efficiency however, what LED and CFL lamps entail is not without consequences. Lightbulbs are being installed in more places and will burn longer than ever before. To reduce light pollution from your installations, remember to turn off your lights when not in use and consider using dim or red lights instead.
For more tips on home lighting and reducing light pollution, see the infographic below by HomeAdvisor.
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