When you are considering all the various types of lighting you can have in your house, there are three systems commonly available. You can either have the traditional incandescent light bulbs, the compact fluorescent lights, or LED lighting bulbs. Each of these lighting systems has different features and operation mechanisms as explained below:
1. Incandescent light bulbs
They are the commonly used bulbs for lighting in many homes even though they are being phased out. The bulbs operate by passing an electric current through a wire filament to give out a glow of light. The glass casing controls the light and spreads it into the room.
These bulbs usually emit a lot of heat into the room because the glowing filament gets heated significantly to create the glow. This means you might have a hotter bathroom after a shower than what you prefer because the lights around your mirror or recessed in the ceiling get too hot. Also, your AC has to work harder to keep cooling down the room.
2. Compact fluorescent lighting (CFL)
CFL lighting consists of a system where an electric current is made to go through a tube with argon gas and mercury vapor. The current results in a reaction where ultraviolet light is produced and is immediately converted into visible light and and emitted into the room. The problem with CFL lights is that it takes some time to achieve full brightness and it is impossible to dim the light.
3. Light emitting diode (LED) lighting
LED lighting is now becoming the new trend because of the many high-tech and eco-friendly features of LED light options. The lighting mechanism in these bulbs is such that some positive and negative charges exist next to each other, and then they try to cancel each other out producing light energy in the process.
The LED bulbs have some benefits that make most homeowners prefer them over traditional or conventional options. For instance, the LED bulbs achieve instantaneous brightness once the switch is turned on. Also, the light produced can be dimmed or brightened using a dimmer switch. This is important when you need to set the mood for a particular event or you don’t always want to use full light for environmental reasons. Keep in mind that not every model of LED lighting offers the dimmability option. You should check with a qualified LED supplier to learn which options might work for you.
When you start using the LED lighting system, you will be in a better position to save a lot of money because the bulbs are efficient when it comes to power consumption. Most of the energy it receives is converted to light. The bulbs release a very small amount of heat (unlike incandescent lights), and you save money that you would have to spend on utility charges and bills.
LEDs also have a long lifespan compared to CFL and incandescent bulbs so you save the money you would have used on replacement of conventional bulbs that regularly burn out. Adopting LED lighting in your house is a good strategy for saving money in the long run because of the durability, efficiency, environmental friendliness of LED light bulbs.
Author bio – Gilbert Cabrales has been with CS LED since its inception in 2008, first as an employee and then as a valued partner. Gilbert has vast experience in both lighting and electrical work and has a unique method for collaborating with his clients. He doesn’t stop at the sale. Instead, he works to truly connect with his clients and remains a resource throughout the lifespan of each one of their lighting projects. From design to implementation and beyond, you can count on “Gil” to deliver LED expertise and true partnership capabilities.
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