FAQs About Bulbs

FAQ – Bulbs

Halogen bulbs are light bulbs with tungsten filaments (the part that glows) and filled with halogen gas. They burn much hotter and brighter than normal bulbs which makes the light appear clearer or whiter. Halogen bulbs generally last longer and are more efficient than regular bulbs. Because Halogen lights burn much hotter, they are compromised of grease or dirt gets on their surface. Handle with care.

Fluorescent light bulbs have gas inside of them that “excites” when electricity runs through the bulb. This causes the bulb to glow. These lights are more efficient than Halogen or regular light bulbs and come in different colors. Because the light bulbs are gas based, fluorescent lights generally require a ballast to control the flow of electricity through the light bulb. This is why many dimmers to do not work with fluorescent lights.

Xenon Lights are similar to halogen but contain Xenon gas. They are generally brighter and clearer than halogen lights. Xenon lights are relatively new but can be found in under cabinet and art lights.

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. LED lights emit energy in the form of light when current passes through them. These lights are very energy efficient and represent the next wave in lighting. LED lighting is standard in electronics but is now making headway in household lighting.

Most of the time, it is because the bulb is too big for the application. In these cases, the light gets too hot and the element burns. Check the fixture for the appropriate size light bulb. If the light bulb size is correct, there may be a loose or faulty electrical connection.

Check the light bulbs; they may be going bad. If it is a fluorescent light, your ballast may be causing the humming. Be sure to use the correct type of bulb for your fluorescent fixture to avoid this problem.

Always turn off the power because this is a dangerous situation. A good trick is to use a new light bulb to back-out the old socket. Just press the new bulb in and turn counterclockwise. Don’t press to hard. If the bulb does not come out, call a licensed electrician.