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Choosing the Correct Light Bulbs

Choosing the Correct Light Bulbs

If you’ve ever been stressed looking at all the light bulb options you must choose from each time you need to buy more, then we have you covered. We’ll go over your most common options and tips to help you know which one you should use.

Types of Light Bulbs

There are a variety of light bulb types to consider, with their unique pros and cons associated with them. The most common ones include:

  • LED light bulbs are energy-efficient, safe, and bright. LED lights are long-lasting and won’t give off heat, making them easier to replace and fix. However, they’re a more expensive option for the initial purchase. 
  • Incandescent light bulbs are a very common, less expensive option that many of us are used to. They glow with an internal filament that can be dimmed but don’t last as long as LED lights.
  • CFL lights, recognizable by their unique swirl shape, contain mercury and take longer to warm up and light up. Once they’re working, however, they’re long-lasting and energy-efficient without being too expensive; they can also be recycled once they’re done. Just be careful when using them.
  • Halogen lights are bright, efficient, and can be dimmed as needed. However, they’re known to get hot to the touch and don’t last very long, requiring you to purchase even more.

Selection Tips

You should know what you’re looking for to make the smartest purchase. Consider:

  • The type of light you need the bulb for. The wattage should match the fixture to avoid causing overheating, so you should check first.
  • The shape of the light you need. A traditional covered lamp may be able to work with any shaped light bulb, but ceiling fixtures may need specific light shapes — even if it’s just for the aesthetic.
  • The strength of the light. Some places, such as the bathroom or kitchen, should be brightly lit, while other areas can get away with dimmer lights.

Electrical Emergency Help

If you have an electrical problem beyond replacing a light bulb, don’t try to tackle it alone. Contact Nipper Electric for help today.