How many ________ does it take to change a light bulb? This was the old joke meant to question someone’s intelligence over something as trivial and easy as switching a light bulb. However over the years the options of light bulbs have increased and you may be finding yourself asking how many geniuses it takes to find the right light bulb.

  As energy efficient bulbs have become more common and affordable, the light bulb shelf in your local store may have turned into a light bulb aisle seemingly overnight. It is important to be able to distinguish between the different bulb types and which works best for you. Making the right decision here can even save you money on your monthly electricity bill.

LED -    The most prominent light bulb used in new and contemporary lighting fixtures. This type of light, made by tiny semi-conductors clustered together producing the light you see. These types of bulbs are a lot more energy efficient than their incandescent counter parts and can last a lot longer.
Typical Lifespan:
10,000 Hours

Incandescent -    These bulbs are the most common light bulb you might find throughout your home as they are the least expensive, what you may refer to as a standard or regular light bulb. The light is created by heating the small metal wire inside the bulb so hot that it emits visible light. Unfortunately most of the power drawn by this bulb is emitted in heat rather than visible light. This light is usually a soft, warm light.
Typical Lifespan:
700 - 1,000 Hours

Fluorescent -    – Fluorescent lights are more common in overhead lighting panels in commercial or business setting but are becoming more popular for use in residential environments as well. Perfect for lighting up larger areas such as basements or hallways. These can vary in tone from warm to cool.
Typical Lifespan:
10,000 - 20,000 Hours

Halogen -    A type of incandescent bulb, filled with a halogen gas, giving off a more luminous light. Halogen bulbs offer a longer lifespan and higher color temperature, all while using the same amount of power as a standard incandescent. Because these bulbs power a higher color temperature, they tend to run hotter than other types of bulbs.
Typical Lifespan:
2,000 - 5,000 hours

Xenon -    Also a type of incandescent bulb, instead filled with xenon gas. Like standard incandescent bulbs, a piece of filament within the glass is heated, giving off visible light. These lights can be more costly but do produce a brighter light and last longer than halogen. They also do not run as hot as halogen bulbs.
Typical Lifespan:
10,000 hours


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