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Light Bulb Guide: Breaking Down The Different Types Of Bulbs

If somebody asked you to explain the difference between CFLs, LEDs and Halogens would you be able to? With all the talk about saving energy and protecting the planet, understanding the different types of light bulbs can really make a difference. Not to mention, there is a ban on incandescent light bulbs.

We’ve broken down the different types of light bulbs and what they look like so you have a better idea of what to purchase the next time your bulbs blow out. See below:


This type of bulb looks the most like an incandescent but offers the least amount of value. Halogens are typically rated about 1,500 to 2,000 hours of light which is way below the CFL standard of between 8,000 and 12,000 hours.


CFLs offer good value in terms of lumen output, the new measurement of brightness that replaces looking for watts. While the faced some issues back when they were originally introduced, many of today’s bulbs have been improved. Some of the problems worth noting is difficulty dimming and the fact that they contain mercury. Additionally, they have a tendency to make colors appear dull and unnatural but are cheaper than LEDs.


These bulbs offer good light output and longer life, but cost more than CFL options. LED bulbs are dimmable and they don’t contain mercury. If you’re worried about bulbs causing too much heat, LEDs are your best option.

Still confused about which light bulb option is the best for your home? Give the expert electricians at Lon Lockwood Electric a call today and we’ll walk you through all of the characteristics of each type of bulb. Connect with us on Google+for more electrical news and updates!