How to choose Lighting for your House

Choosing light bulbs for your home used to be a simple task. All you needed to do was to choose a bulb with the correct wattage. Today, with the popularity of LEDs and other bulb types, you’ll need to make more decisions. For this reason, selecting light bulbs for the house is said to have become a trickier task.

There are four main types of light bulbs used in Australian houses today. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. They also differ in terms of costs, efficiency and environmental sustainability.

Knowing the properties of each light bulb type allows you to make an informed decision. It gives you an idea of how much you’ll need to pay for electricity each month or year. It may help lessen the number of times they need to be changed. It also brightens different parts of your home effectively.

What Types Of Light Bulbs Are Available In The Market Today?

1. Incandescent Lights
This type of light bulb is cheap to buy but costly to run. It produces a warm light that is great for areas in your house where lighting is needed occasionally and for brief time periods. Bathrooms and laundry areas are two examples of such areas.

The Australian Government does not recommend this type of lighting option for general use. There are two reasons for this. First, incandescent bulbs are generally ineffective. Second, running them on the regular will hurt your pocket in the long run.

2. Halogen Lights
Halogen bulbs are a type of incandescent light. They last longer and are more efficient compared to the above. However, their drawbacks outweigh their benefits. While suitable for lighting small areas, their overall brightness means they often end up used for lighting large spaces. As a result, the household consumes more energy than is necessary.

Halogen lights have also caused fires in a number of Australian properties. The combination of poor home insulation, the improper installation and maintenance of halogen lights, and the high heat that halogen lights has caused multiple house fires across the NSW area.

3. CFL or Compact Fluorescent Lamps
CFLs or Compact Fluorescent Lamps are one of the most commonly-used house lighting solutions in Australia today. There are a good number of reasons for this. They are very energy efficient. They last much longer than incandescent bulbs. They don’t need a lot of energy to emit bright light.

One notable drawback to this lighting option is their initial cost. They are more expensive compared to incandescent bulbs. They are, however, a lot cheaper to run.

4. LED or Light Emitting Diode lights
LED bulbs basically have the same benefits as CFL bulbs. They also have more or less the same initial cost. Because of this, they are said to be great alternatives to CFLs.

Take note that the LED market is still new. Because of this, it’s important to check the overall quality of all LED products you plan on purchasing. Sub-standard bulbs do not emit bright light. They will also flicker and fail in less than a year.

When selecting light bulbs, don’t just go for the cheapest. Avoid using appearance as basis for choosing a bulb to purchase. When it comes to lights, what looks out of the ordinary is not necessarily beneficial for your home.

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