Let There Be Light!

Do you ever stand in the light bulb isle at the store and feel like you need to be an electrician just to buy some light bulbs!? Don’t worry, we’re right there with you. Lucky for us, we’ve got our lighting expert, Lauren here to save the day!

“There are a lot of light bulbs out there and knowing the difference can be confusing!” Lauren said. “Most manufacturers are phasing out incandescent light bulbs (the original light bulbs) because they are so inefficient – they use up a lot of energy which is wasted as heat. Now the main light bulbs on the market are Halogen and LED.”

Now if you’re like us you’re probably still scratching your head at all that jargon. Allow us to break that down for you.

According to Lauren, Halogen bulbs are inefficient, pushing LED’s to become the new standard bulb.

“LED bulbs are usually more expensive up front, but they save money in the long run because they last longer and use a fraction of the energy that incandescent bulbs do,” said Lauren. “Most fixtures now are compatible with LED bulbs.”

Before you run out and buy all the LED bulbs, be sure to run through the questions Lauren has provided below. It’ll help you navigate your way through the light bulb isle with confidence and ease!

1. What type of base does my light fixture require?

  • The two common bases are the Medium (E26) Base and the Candelabra (E12) Base.

2. What wattage does my light fixture require?

  • Most light fixtures will still give you this information in the wattage that incandescent bulbs required per light socket (60W, 100W, etc.). LED companies are pretty good about putting the Incandescent wattage equivalencies (“60W Equivalent”) on their products so you can easily know what bulb you need.

3. What color light do I want my light bulb to give off?

  • The light from incandescent light bulbs has always been a warm yellow light, which is known as 2700K (Kelvin). LED bulbs also come in a whiter light, 3000K. These are the two most popular lighting colors. They are the same brightness, just give different feels to a space.

4. Do I need clear or frosted bulbs?

  • This depends more on personal preference, but the standard rule of thumb is if the fixture itself has frosted glass, buy frosted bulbs. Clear or no glass, buy a clear bulb.

If you have more questions on what bulbs work best with your fixtures, please email Lauren at laurend@pscia.com or text 319-338-8275.

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