Choosing Light Bulbs – Which Energy Efficient Option to Get?
When it comes to energy efficient bulbs, you have three choices in the market. LED lights, CFLs and halogen incandescent bulbs. These three types of bulbs have function in very different ways, and come with their own pros and cons.
Halogen Incandescent Lights These bulbs basically work using a capsule that holds a certain gas around a metal filament. This method is more efficient compared to regular incandescent bulbs that directly heat the metal filament. They give off a glow that’s comparable to regular incandescent bulbs.
These come is a wide variety of colors and shapes and are usable with dimmers. Although these do save power, there are more bulbs that offer better efficiency and maintenance benefits.
CFLs Compact fluorescent lamps or CFLs are those curly looking bulbs that you might have seen in the market. Unlike incandescent bulbs, these don’t contain filaments, making them last much longer. They also use less power. In fact you can see a significant difference in your power bill when you use them for a few months.
They also come in a number of different shapes, sizes and color. The downside of these bulbs is that they contain a small amount of mercury, which may not be enough to do harm to you, but makes them a hassle when it comes to disposing or recycling.
LED Lights The most ideal power saving light bulb in the market, LEDs last the longest amongst all the other bulbs, use the least amount of power, and don’t contain any toxic chemicals or materials. LED lights practically use a fraction of what incandescent bulbs need to provide the same light output.
The light quality amongst LED lights is good enough to use for both indoor and outdoor lighting. Although they are more expensive compared to other bulbs, you can get a good return of investment with these lights.
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