Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Choosing the Right Light Bulb For Your Home


We all grew up using those 4% efficient yellow filament light bulbs, and then one day we shifted to the glistening tube lights, finally ending up putting energy savers into our homes. Now we look in awe at the new concept cars boasting with cost efficient light emitting diode (LED) lamps, and we have seen new torches fitted with brilliant blinding halogen bulbs. Drowning in a variety of alternatives that new technology offers us, simple decisions in lighting have now become tougher than ever. There are a dozen options for light bulbs out there nowadays, but the main ones used for domestic purposes are filament bulbs, halogen lamps, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), and LED's. Let's explore a few things to think about so that you can pick the right one for you.

A few primary factors instantly come into the person's mind when choosing the light bulbs to use are the cost, durability, and aesthetics. Before you buy a new set of lights, it's advisable to check its illumination power, its cost, and its color/shade. The cheapest bulbs available in the market are usually the filament lamps, and you can get a lot of them for very little money. The problem is that they are low in durability, produce too much heat, and have high running costs.

Halogen light bulbs radiate a white brilliance, but they are way too hot (over 300 degrees Celsius) and expensive for most people to use. CFL's are economic in the long run, very durable and bright, and they are typically the best choice for modern households. Fluorescent tubes are popular as well, but they may ruin the aesthetics of a domestic house. LED's are uncommon so far, but they promise a great insightful future soon, challenging the CFL's into the market.

Different light bulbs create different effects, have different efficiencies and are better suited to specific situations. In the end though, it's up to you as to what you like. You don't have to stick to just one type of light bulb. In fact, a better plan may be to mix them up and use different types in different areas of your home to respond to different needs. You could use energy saving CFL's for general home lighting, use high beam directed flashlights where visual clarity is needed, and use soft lights or UV tubes outside to create an ambience suitable to your mood. Get a little creative and you will have a beautifully lit home in no time.

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