When we buy a light fixture, we expect a certain performance from it. And it's obvious that the amount and color temperature of light it produces depends most of all on the light bulbs installed. There are a few different types of light bulbs, and it is better to know more about them to choose the most appropriate light source for your house. Modern bulbs vary widely in performance, effectiveness, energy consumption and price. The rule of thumb is to choose the most energy saving bulb available. Still, let's take a closer look at different types of light bulbs and their characteristics.
Conventional incandescent lights are the less effective type of light bulbs. They need a lot of electric power to produce light, while nearly 90% of this energy is wasted (actually it's used to produce the unnecessary heat). These obsolete bulbs are no longer produced, and newer energy saving light bulbs are now manufactured in accordance with the new lighting standards approved in 2012. These new types of light bulbs include halogen incandescent, CFL bulbs and LED lights. They are much more efficient (to a different degree though) and thus more cost-saving. These lights are produced with different technologies which has a significant impact on their effectiveness, performance and price.
The most popular types of light bulbs are: