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Choosing the right light: Types of bulbs

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While most homeowners aren't strangers to the process of buying light bulbs, many simply grab the nearest package while standing in the electrical aisle rather than looking at some of the other choices available. There are hundreds of brands, styles, color temperatures and other factors that determine the differences between one light bulb and another, so it's important to know a little bit about these distinctions. That way, you'll select the lighting solution for your room that best fits its purpose.

Here are the three primary types of light that you'll have to choose from:

  • Compact Fluorescent (CFL): These are the popular spiral-shaped bulbs you'll often see. They're much more energy efficient than incandescents (conventional bulbs), and last longer. They tend to be a little expensive, but you can count on one bulb lasting well into the next decade, even with heavy usage.
  • Incandescent: You'll still see these in most buildings, and there's no denying that they provide a warm and soft light that is easy on the eyes. The drawback is that they tend to be inefficient, burn out relatively quickly and are less durable than CFLs.
  • Light Emitting Diode (LED): The next generation of light bulb, LEDs, are even more efficient than CFLs. But the light they cast tends to be "colder" and harsher than the other two bulbs, so it may take a couple of years for the technology to improve to the point that it is a suitable replacement for the other bulb types.

If you're unhappy with the lighting in your home, it may be a good idea to call the Arlington, VA electrical service contractors at John C. Flood to discuss the possibility of remodeling your electrical system to provide better illumination.