Your Home Lighting Fixtures: Which Bulbs Are Best?
Light bulbs and home lighting fixtures sure have come a long way haven't they? No longer are your bulb choices limited to the pear-shaped type of yesteryear. And lighting fixtures now come in every size, shape, and design imaginable.
But make no mistake about it, the light bulb is the most important component of your home lighting fixtures. The lighting that it provides is critically responsible for determining the mood of each room.
For example, a bedroom will typically have softer or more ambient lighting, whereas a bathroom will have brighter or more task lighting.
Hopefully, this page will shed some light (no pun intended) on which bulb types are best for your home lighting and home interior decorating needs. The four basic light bulb categories for interior lighting are Incandescent, Fluorescent, Halogen, and LED.
Bulb Choices For Your Home Lighting Fixtures
While incandescent bulbs come in several shapes, you are probably most familiar with the common pear-shaped bulb that has been around for ages. Incandescent bulbs are the most inefficient source of lighting available.
Only 10% of the electricity flowing to the bulb actually produces light. The other 90% is lost as heat. These bulbs are popular because they are inexpensive and have excellent color rendering abilities. Below are specific incandescent bulb types and their uses:
Halogen bulbs provide the closest approximation to natural daylight, known as "white light". These bulbs come in various shapes and sizes and are very energy efficient. Consider using some of these in your home:
Fluorescent lighting has moved beyond the notion of producing cold, clinical lighting. There are many choices today that produce warm hues that will do a wonderful job lighting your home. There are also compact versions that screw into just about any home lighting fixture.
This lighting is very energy efficient and last about ten times longer than incandescent bulbs. You should definitely consider using these where you need light for long hours each day, such as in your kitchen.
LED (Light Emitting Diode)
LED lighting is the newest kid on the block and is growing in popularity. Not surprisingly, this technology came out of the space industry. For a long time, this type of lighting was popular in indoor gardening.
Very little of the energy is lost as heat from these lightbulbs. Many of these bulbs are also rated to have longer lives than even compact fluorescent bulbs. The only downside is that they have a reputation as being expensive, but the prices continue to drop as more and more homeowners switch to them.
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