How to Choose the Right Light Bulb - Parker & Sons

Have you ever visited the lighting section of a home supplies store? Or maybe an Ikea? It is overwhelming. There are more lightbulbs there than you mind can even comprehend. There they are, stacked floor to ceiling, wall to wall, thousands of them, each shining and glistening in their carefully wrapped packages. And you just need to grab a few lightbulbs for you kids bedroom. But which ones do you guy? What are the differences between all these bulbs? What do these shapes, sizes, and styles mean? Today, we will talk about the different types of lightbulbs.

Incandescent Bulbs

Incandescent bulbs have long been the most commonly used lightbulb in the world. In fact, they still are today. Part of the reason is that incandescent bulbs are typically the least expensive kind. They give off a very bright, warm, yellow light that is often said to have a cozy feeling. Incandescent bulbs are less energy efficient than many other modern lightbulbs. They also tend to have a shorter lifespan.


LEDs, or light-emitting-diodes, are a newer more modern type of light. They are long lasting and very energy efficient. Unlike incandescent bulbs, LEDs give off directional light rather than diffused light. This makes them poor options for lighting a large room. Often, LED light fixtures utilize multiple bulbs to combat this problem. However, this is an expensive solution.


CDLs, or compact fluorescent lights, utilize a fraction of the energy of incandescent bulbs and last almost ten times as long. However, they emit a rather cold, soft light rather than a warm, bright light like incandescent bulbs. CFLs also contain a trace amount of mercury, so be careful when handling them. When they burn out, they should be recycled, not thrown away.

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