Types of Light Bulbs
Different types of light bulbs produce different qualities of light with different energy efficiencies. This post is a summary. I hope you find it useful.
Are the good old original type of electric light we are all familiar with. A filament within a vacuum inside the bulb is heated to white hot and when it does it gives off light.
The quality of incandescent light bulb light is very good, although the quality of LED lighting is catching up, but they consume the most energy per lumen (a measurement of how much light the bulb generates).
The quality of florescent light has always been (or at least seemed) much inferior to incandescent light. Some people claim they can see the flicker and it bothers them. Florescent light consumes much less power (watts) per lumen generated, but if the light is bluish or yellowish it may feel that it’s not worth it.
This post is part of a series about bathroom remodeling as well as part of a sub-series on lighting. To access either of the lead posts please select one of the links below.
LED lighting has really come a long way in a short time. As recently as 3 years ago, LED lights gave off a blueish or a brownish hue and the light never seemed bright enough. With better LED technology this problem is being solved. Because they are the most energy efficient bulbs made, I always recommend you start your search looking for LED lights and fixtures and only move onto something else if you don’t find anything you like.
Call me a light snob (it’s true, so feel free) but I’ve been known to spend $20 a bulb for grow lights instead of $2 a bulb for a regular light. Why? Because the quality of the light is like sunshine in the middle of a bright afternoon. You want to light up every nook and cranny in your bathroom, install grow lights. The only caveat is they take a few minutes to warm up and come to full daylight, but once they do, nothing beats them for light quality.
The bad news is not only are they really expensive, but you may have to visit a specialty lighting store or a hydroponic store to find them.
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