Home owners have a lot of options when choosing the lightbulbs to use in their homes. Priority One Electric, electrical specialists in Southern California, provides a breakdown of the most common types of bulbs, their advantages, and potential electrical hazards.
Incandescent: Perhaps the most widely used lightbulb in the United States, incandescent bulbs have long provided homes with steady, even light at a low per-bulb cost. Despite their popularity, these bulbs lose much of the energy through heat loss and are not considered very efficient.
Fluorescent: Fluorescent bulbs are very efficient and produce little heat. In addition, these bulbs can last 10 to 20 times longer than their incandescent counterparts. One of the main contentions regarding fluorescent lights is the fact that the bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, a toxic substance. It is recommended that owners of fluorescent bulbs contact their waste services provider to learn about proper bulb disposal.
Halogen: Halogen bulbs are a close cousin to incandescent technology in that they both use a tungsten filament. The advantage of halogen bulbs is that they are slightly more efficient and burn with a more brilliant, “whiter” light. The brilliant light comes with a cost: These bulbs burn incredibly hot and can pose an electrical hazard depending on their placement. In addition, these bulbs are more expensive than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.
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