Choosing the Best Light Bulbs

If we had to guess, the most attention you give the lightbulbs in your home is a disgruntled sigh one goes out. But since they can have a big effect on your home’s mood, functionality, and energy usage, you should care a little more about the kinds of bulbs you’re using.

When it comes to choosing the best light bulbs for your home, here are some of your options.

Incandescent

These go back to the creation of light bulbs, literally. Incandescent bulbs are the same shape that Edison invented them in. They give off a warm yellow-white light, and their appeal lies in their initial low cost.

However, they burn out quickly, typically within a thousand hours, and end up costing more since they need to be replaced more often. They also use more energy to burn, running up your energy bill each month.

High-Intensity Discharge

These bulbs are more narrow and highly-efficient, lasting longer than traditional bulbs. However, they give off a harsher, sun-like light, deterring some homeowners from using them. Therefore, these lightbulbs are more used for outdoor fixtures, such as security lights.

Fluorescent

These are spiral-shaped bulbs that are highly efficient and tend to last around 10,000 hours. They give off a warm light — either more yellowish or white, depending on the make of the bulb — and typically only cost a few dollars per bulbs. It’s important to note, however, that these bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, so they need to be discarded a special way.

LED

LED light bulbs are the most energy-efficient bulbs on the market. They use very little energy, create a lot of light, and last a long time. Since they only suffer from 5% energy loss (through heat) they can help lower your energy bills in the long-term and, although they cost a little more initially, they don’t require as much replacing so they save you money that way as well.

With nearly 25 years of experience, the expert electrical team at Ace Solves It All can adeptly handle all your lighting needs. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured to handle all your interior lighting projects. Call us today to schedule a service!

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