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Four Different Kinds Of Light Bulbs And Why Each Is More Energy-Efficient Than The Last

by Henri Brand

If you are one of those people who walks into the light bulb aisle at the store and just stares endlessly at all of your options, then maybe you need a little more help deciphering the different labels and types of light bulbs. You may also be wondering why some are considered more energy efficient than others. The following information will help make better sense of that wall of bulbs in the store.

Incandescent Bulbs

Incandescent bulbs have officially been phased out and banned by the government. If you can still buy them or find them for sale somewhere, they are probably the last ones available. Because of the incandescent wiring inside, these bulbs consume more electricity than any other kind, but before they were banned, they were the cheapest made and least expensive bulbs available. In fact, if you somehow still find some on a store shelf, you will see the drastic price difference.

Halogen Bulbs

Halogen bulbs produce the brightest light of all. If you have ever been blinded by another driver's halogen headlights when those headlights were on low, then you know exactly how bright these lights can be. Halogen is a gas, and combined with tungsten filaments and a small diode, they produce a chemical reaction that creates that blinding whiter-than-white light. They burn very hot and consume a lot of energy, making them one of the least energy-efficient bulb choices. However, they are still more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. Halogens are the brightest bulbs you can buy. They're generally mid-range in price.

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Compact fluorescent bulbs were created to take the place of incandescent bulbs. They are iconic in that they are spiral twists of glass that make a sort of corkscrew shape and the glass tubing is lined with an ignitable white powder. Inside the bulbs, the powder reacts with the electrical charge and produces a contained, activated light, brighter than most of their incandescent predecessors. (Outside of the bulbs, the white powder flash-ignites, creating a brief explosion or pop.) They are highly efficient bulbs and a better choice than halogen because they do not burn as hot, cost as much or die so quickly.

LED Bulbs

LED bulbs use light-emitting diode technology. These tiny little diodes operate on surges of electrical energy. The light produced is very bright, even brighter than fluorescent bulbs, but the diodes produce very little heat. When combined with engineered glass encasements that are highly reflective, the light from the diodes inside is magnified, all while keeping the temperature of the bulbs very cool. Because the bulbs are consistently cool, your home does not overheat, and you do not have to adjust your thermostat to cool the house down. Additionally, most LED lights have the longest lifespan of all bulbs.

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