Types of Light Bulbs for Your Atlanta Area Home
LED - 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.
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 if grease or dirt gets on their surface; so handle with care. Generally, halogen is used where bright full spectrum lighting is needed.
Florescent 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 lights because they transfer more energy into light. 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 do not work with fluorescent lights. Florescent lights are generally cooler than halogen lights and have a smaller light spectrum which means they do not present color well. Common applications are closet lights, office lighting, warehouse lighting, and outdoor signs. Many fluorescent lights contain mercury so handle with care.
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.
Mood Lighting – A Sexy Way to Be Green
Long used by homeowners to control lighting around the home, dimmers are making headway as a “green” device. Dimmers are no longer just for luxury and comfort. In today’s modern home, dimmers stand for economy and savings.
The dual purpose of dimmers is a product of its operation. Dimmers work by rapidly turning off and on the power to your lights. This on again off again is so fast that it goes unnoticed by the human eye and makes the light appear dim. The more you dim, a light, the more times it turns the light off. Because your lights only draw power when they are on, the more you dim, the more you save.
So add some ambiance to your life and keep the world green by installing a dimmer. And remember, if you go to your neighbor’s home and the lights are turned down low, don’t get the wrong impression. Maybe, He is just trying to save some money or the planet.
When buying a dimmer make sure you match the wattage and light bulb type with the new dimmer. Undersized dimmers can overheat and lead to fires. Lights with magnetic or electronic ballasts require special dimmers and household fluorescent lights generally cannot be dimmed.