Types of Light Bulbs

Incandescent Light bulbsIncandescent Bulbs

These bulbs have been deemed inefficient by the EPA and U.S. Legislators and as of 2012 are no longer manufactured in the U.S.

Common types of incandescent bulbs include the traditional bulbs with the glowing filament, reflectorized bulbs (like floodlights), halogen bulbs, and xenon bulbs. Because of their inefficiency, these bulb types are ideal for task lighting with bright lighting requirements.

Fluorescent BulbFluorescent Bulbs

Using only 20% to 30% as much electricity as their incandescent counterparts, these bulbs last up to 20 times longer in the process. These bulbs are very common in residential applications.

If you’re going to operate them with a dimmer, make sure your bulbs say ‘dimmable’. Most common compact fluorescent bulbs (or CFL’s) have mercury vapor in them, which requires them to be disposed of safely. That means not throwing them in the nearest trash can! For a full description click here.

Led light bulbLight Emitting Diodes (LED’s)

An LED is a chemical chip embedded in a plastic capsule. Because they are small, several LEDs are sometimes combined to produce a single light bulb. LED bulbs have the longest life spans and are the most energy-efficient bulbs available. The availability, quality, and selection of LED bulbs has greatly increased in recent years.

There is a LED option now for seemingly every type of light bulb and application. We commonly use LED bulbs for residential lighting applications, both interior and exterior.

High Intensity Discharge (HID)

In residential settings, HIDs are most often used for outdoor security and area lighting, and as indoor growing applications. Mercury vapor, metal halide, as well as high and low pressure sodium bulbs are the most common types of HID bulbs we see.