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Eco-friendly light bulbs for modern homes
As the traditional incandescent light bulbs are being phased out, many eco-friendly bulb technologies are now available on the market. And the different bulbs come with different benefits so review our extended assortment and find the right bulb for your lamp.
Decide on the bulb technology
The halogen light bulbs are a form of incandescent light. The halogen gas in the lightbulb makes it burn longer and brighter than the regular incandescent bulb increasing the efficiency by around 30%. Even thou they are more energy efficient than the regular light bulbs they have a shorter lifespan and higher running costs compared to LED lights. They reach full brightness instantly without any start up time but gets hot to the touch.
Compact Fluorescent bulbs
Compact fluorescent lightbulbs look a bit different compared to a regular lightbulb, they have as spiral shaped tube from where the light is omitted. They are around 75% more energy efficient than the traditional lightbulbs, but they take a while to warm up to their full brightness, and they contain mercury, so you would need to be careful when disposing of them.
LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes, these bulbs are the most energy efficient and uses about a tenth of the electricity of an equivalent incandescent bulb. this will nor only save you money on your electricity bills but also reducing the environmental impact.
Their purchase price is higher but they cost less to run, produces less heat and last much longer than other light bulbs. They are available in a great variety of styles and sizes and can replace any incandescent light bulbs around your home, even the ones used with dimmers.
Smart light bulbs
Smart light bulbs are the newest form of light bulb technology on the market. The main difference between a regular light bulb and a smart bulb is that it can be paired with a smartphone or similar mobile device and be controlled and programmed remotely.
The incandescent light bulbs or Edison bulbs as they are also referred to, are the traditional light bulbs that most of us grew up with. Over the years they have been replaced for more energy efficient bulbs like the LED lights as the incandescent bulbs are incredibly energy inefficient. Almost 90 percent of the energy used by the bulb is turned into heat, not light.
They are still available on the market as they have been used for decorative purposes and for its warm color light but the newer decorative LED bulbs have slowly taken over these purposes as well.
Decide on the brightness
Before, we shopped our light bulb brightness based on watts. But watts is actually the measure of the bulb’s power consumption and the new energy efficient bulbs use a lot less power so now you would need to think in terms of lumens (lm) and forget about watts! And the higher the lumens value, the brighter the light.
That’s why most bulb packages include both lumens and the wattage equivalent to make it easy for the buyer to choose the right brightness!
Decide on the color temperature
When selecting your light bulbs, remember to take the color temperature into account, it will help you create the right setting and improve functionality around your home.
The Correlate Color Temperature, or CCT as it’s also called, measures the lights color appearance. There are three different categories, warm neutral and cool. The higher on the scale (measured in Kalvin) you find the light, the bluer the light appears and the lower on the Kalvin scale the light will appear more yellow.
A warm light adds a cozy feeling and is great for bedrooms and living rooms. For kitchens, bathrooms or garages that requires more focus, a natural light is well suited. The cool light is great for spaces where you need an extra attention to detail, such as reading, projects or other hobby areas.
Know your cap fitting
There are a wide range of different bulb fittings for your lamps and you need to know which fitting to buy for it to work! These are the most common fittings:
The Edison Screw fittings are the most used on lamps around your home. The main two types are the E27 and the smaller E14, also called the small Edison screw. The number indicates the size in millimeters and you have other, less common sizes in the ES department.
The Bayonet cap bulbs use a twist and lock function to secure the bulb into the fitting. The most common size is the B22 but you also have the smaller B15 available.
The capsule lightbulbs are like the bayonet caps as they are also to be pushed in, twist and locked into place. The difference is that this model uses smaller connection pins and come in the size G4 and G9.
Used for different kind of down and spotlights around the home, they use twin pins to connect, which use a push and twist mechanism to fit into the socket. GU5.3 and GU10 are the most common models.