Whether you’re looking for the perfect light bulb for your home or office, it can be difficult to know which type of light bulb is best. There are so many different types on the market, from incandescent and halogen to fluorescent and LED. If you’re not sure which light bulbs are right for your needs, this guide will help you decide which type is suitable for you.
How to Choose the Right Voltage for Your Lighting Fixtures
If you’re wondering how to choose the right voltage for your lighting fixtures, consider these factors:
- The higher the wattage, the brighter a light bulb will be. A 60-watt incandescent bulb is a much dimmer than a 100-watt incandescent bulb (and most of us have experienced this difference firsthand). That’s because more energy is required to produce light when a filament heats up and glows.
- The voltage of your lighting fixtures must match that of the light bulbs you buy. If not, there will be too much power leaving those fixtures—or not enough power going into them—causing either too much heat in your home or flickering lights at best, and fire at worst!
How to Choose the Right Wattage for Your Lighting Fixtures
Lighting fixture wattage is calculated based on the number of bulbs and the type of bulb used. The number of bulbs determines how much light you will get from a fixture. The type of bulb affects how much heat is generated by the light source.
The first step in choosing an appropriate wattage for your lighting fixtures is determining how many bulbs you want to use in each fixture. If you have a large space, such as an open office area or warehouse, then you may need more than one bulb per fixture. If you have multiple rooms in your home, then it may be helpful to have one fixture with several bulbs per room.
Once you have decided how many bulbs will go into each fixture, you can determine the wattage required by multiplying the number of watts needed per bulb by the total number of fixtures needed (i.e., if each room has three lights, multiply 3 x 45 watts = 135 watts). This will give you an idea of how many watts are needed overall for all lighting installed throughout your home/office space.
However, a higher-wattage bulb will also use more electricity. Be sure to consider this when making your decision on which light bulbs you want to use.
LED bulbs work by converting electric current directly into light. They’re more efficient than other types of bulbs, generating more light for every watt of power consumed. LED bulbs also have a very long lifespan compared to incandescent or halogen lights, lasting up to 25 times longer.
The main drawback of LED bulbs is their initial cost: they’re more expensive than other types of bulbs in the short term. However, over their lifetime they use less energy and therefore save money on your electricity bill. This makes them a better choice if you want to reduce your impact on the environment or just want to make sure you don’t have any unexpected charges on your next bill!
* LED bulbs have the longest lifespan: +50,000 hours.
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL Bulbs)
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are a great alternative to incandescent bulbs and can save you money on your electric bill. They also last longer than incandescent bulbs, making them a smart investment for the home.
But how do you know if it’s time to invest in CFLs? Here’s what you need to know:
What is a CFL bulb? A CFL bulb is an energy-efficient way of producing light using less electricity while providing similar brightness as traditional incandescent bulbs. They use about 75% less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs, which means they’ll last much longer (between 8 and 10 years). This makes them ideal for places like basements or garages where lights tend to stay on for long periods of time without much regard as to whether or not they’re needed at any given moment; unlike their traditional counterparts, these types of fixtures don’t produce heat that would normally be wasted by being released into an enclosed space over long periods of time—instead, they keep going strong all day long until someone turns them off manually when no longer needed!
* CFL Bulbs service life of over 6000 hours.
Halogen bulbs are a type of incandescent bulb that uses a tungsten filament but has a small amount of halogen gas added. Because halogens are more efficient than regular incandescent bulbs, they last longer and produce more light per watt. This is because the halogen gas combines with the evaporated tungsten to redeposit it back on the filament, which increases its life span and brightness. Halogen bulbs are not suitable for enclosed fixtures because the extra heat can cause them to overheat and crack.
* Halogen bulbs has a longer life and can last up to 2500 hours.
Incandescent bulbs are the most common type of bulb. They come in many shapes and sizes, but they all work in a similar way. A filament is heated to produce light by passing an electric current through it. The heat generated from this process creates a glow that produces visible light waves we see as white light.
Because they use so much energy while producing little light, incandescent bulbs are not very efficient compared to newer technologies such as LED and CFL (compact fluorescent). Because of their low efficiency, these types of bulbs can get quite hot after being on for long periods of time—making them dangerous when used near children or pets!
* Incandescent bulbs have shorter lifespans (about 1000 hours)