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How to Choose Bulbs for The Home – The Basics

Suitable home lighting is essential as any other house furnishings, but folks usually choose the most trending light bulb for their residence even though it probably does them no good. The best course of action to select a lighting system for your house that is classy, efficient, and you can also decrease the amount of time you change your lightbulb. There are several options available in the market for light bulbs, and it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. Here are some of the common types so that you can choose the right one for your needs.


Incandescent bulbs are cheap to purchase, but they are also known for being expensive to run in your house. The pleasant light they emit is fitted for an area in your household where lights are uncommonly used. They are also used in areas for small amounts of the time, such as pantries, bathrooms, etc. However, this type of lighting is not advised by the governments for regular use. They are not suited for general home lighting because of the inefficiency and cost of the bulbs.


Halogen lights are sort of like an incandescent light bulb but use a tungsten component. Halogen bulbs are more efficient and last longer than incandescent bulbs, but their defects often exceed their assets. Even though halogen lights are commonly used and suited for providing light to a focused and small area, they are usually used in settings of spaces that are large. Their use usually results in power being used more than necessary. There is a safety hazard that the bulb may present to your home, as there is a mix of poor insulation, maintenance, and installation with this product. The high level of heat cause house fires in extreme weather, too. Be overly cautious not to keep the bulbs close to flammable objects.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps [CFL]

Compact fluorescent lamps are the most common lightbulbs to be used as a common light source, although CFL’s are expensive to purchase they last longer than an incandescent or a halogen bulb and they are cheaper to run for everyday use. These types of lamps aren’t usually available in the dimmable switches, but they are available in different kinds of tones such as warm, cool or neutral which is convenient for areas like the living room, kitchen or hallways. Picking a CFL over halogen or incandescent can save your common household an average of $50 per year on electrical bills. There have been allegations of minimum amounts of mercury found in fluorescent lamps and how it may affect the environment, but so far, no permanent damage has been impacted on the environment.

Light Emitting Diodes [LED]

LED’s can be an efficient alternative to a traditionally CFL or even an incandescent bulb. Despite their higher cost, life span and their efficiency can make them a possible option for common household’s lighting. They also require basic maintenance and restoration. Household LED is still in its early stages so you must check you have the correct voltage needed, efficiency and quality before you purchase the product as some average LEDs may not produce the usual amount of light. The faulty lights may flicker, change color abnormally, or even fail to work.

Light Emitting Diodes
Light Emitting Diodes