Every home—and business—needs lights to function properly. Nowadays most people are well-informed and responsible enough to replace traditional incandescent light bulbs with alternative lighting solutions.
Replacing incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient alternatives is one way to cut down on utility costs. That’s because your lights account for about 18% of a household or workplace’s electricity bill.
These newer alternative light bulbs tend to last much longer, so you won’t have to spend a lot of money buying light bulbs every now and then. In addition, alternative bulbs use energy more efficiently, so you won’t need as many light bulbs as before.
Omnidirectional and Directional Light Bulbs
Light bulbs can light an entire room, or they can function as a spotlight to highlight a specific area or object in the room. LEDs, CFLs, and halogen lights can be either omnidirectional or directional, while circular and linear fluorescent light bulbs are limited to omnidirectional use.
How long will these alternative light bulbs last? It depends on what kind you get, and some brands last longer than the others.
- Halogen bulbs can last 2,000 to 4,000 hours. That’s good compared to typical incandescent light bulbs that normally last only 1,000 hours.
- Circular and linear light bulbs can reach up to 10,000 hours.
- CFLs can also last for a good long while, although it depends on the brand you get. Some only last for 6,000 hours while others can go up to 15,000 hours.
- LEDs and the longest-lasting of them all, ranging from 15,000 hours to an amazing 40,000 hours.
Color Ranges and Temperatures
While light bulbs can be available in a wide variety of colors, even in white you have several color temperatures to choose from:
- Warm white. This is a soft and warm kind of white light that’s very soothing, and you can get this effect from halogen lights and certain types of CFLs and LEDs. These are great for living rooms and bedroom, as well as for waiting rooms in commercial buildings when you want your visitors to feel relaxed.
- Cool white. This is a more neutral color that’s more practical, so in homes, they’re used mostly for kitchens and bathrooms. Sometimes you may also find them in workshops and garages. These can also be found in offices and other rooms where people are supposed to be working.
- Daylight. This temperature is similar to noon daylight conditions, so this may seem unrelaxing or even sterile. But it can be used where especially focused work is going on when cool white lighting is insufficient.
Halogen light bulbs only come in warm light temperature. However, the temperature of LEDs, CFLs, and circular and linear fluorescent light bulbs can range from warm white to daylight.
Indoors and Outdoors
For indoor rooms, you can use general ambient lighting to provide a comfy level of brightness. This can be complemented with additional lights that can be turned on or off depending on whether you need them for a specific task such as reading.
For outdoor spaces, lights can be switched on or off in several ways. Lights may have sensors that can detect darkness or movement that will turn on the light bulb. Lights may also be scheduled too. Solar lights are especially useful, especially for gardens, although brighter lights (and more of them) may have to be used for commercial applications.
All in all, when it comes to your home or your workplace, you have more lighting options that can serve your purpose while saving you money in the long run. So say goodbye to your incandescent light bulbs today, and go instead with alternative lighting solutions.