Let’s face it; it was the light bulb that brought electricity to the world. Our world is now lit 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, provided you pay your bill. Our economy and society as a whole can now go full speed around the clock all thanks to the invention of the light bulb.
Light bulbs are built in various ways. There are basically 2 types of light bulbs that can be manufactured in a handful of ways. The 2 basic types of light bulbs are gas or filament. Below are various types of light bulbs you can buy that are usually specific to the many needs our society requires:
The history of the light bulb goes back to 1802 with much great advancement in technology that now give us a near zero energy consumption as with LED lighting.
The Carbon Arc lamp was primarily used in the early days and was well used for high lighting needs such as lighthouses, film projectors and search lights. This type of lighting has not been used since after WW2.
The Discharge lamp is still used today primarily in street lighting, parking lot lighting, sign lighting and inside and outside commercial buildings. Discharge lighting such as High Pressure Sodium, Low Pressure Sodium, Mercury Vapor, Neon and Metal Halide require high voltage ballasts that generate high voltages to charge the gas inside of a vacuum tube. Only a skilled professional should attempt to diagnose and repair these types of lights.
The incandescent light bulb is probably the most well-known, although LED lighting will likely replace all incandescent lighting in the near future. Some countries have banned incandescent lighting altogether. The incandescent light bulb is designed with a tungsten or carbon filament which illuminates when electricity is conducted through the filament. This of course generates a high amount of heat, and simply put heat is the enemy of electric energy consumption. Heat is dispensed and wasted electricity if not purposefully meant for heating reasons and even if for heating purposes the consumption of electricity or cost of energy is increased dramatically.
Halogen lights are also a sort of filament bulb that is a little less on consumption but high on heat. Halogen lamps generate a high amount of heat which can cause fires or burn.
Fluorescent lighting in recent years, up until the development of LED lighting, has been the main choice for engineers and builders when constructing large commercial buildings. Fluorescent lighting is a gas type lamp and utilizes an autotransformer to excite the fluorescent gas particles. Fluorescent lamps are becoming a thing of the past. The cost to provide lighting to large office buildings has been decreased significantly by the use of fluorescent lighting; however, there are some side effects with fluorescent lighting. All fluorescent and gas lamps contain small amounts of mercury which if not disposed of properly are a detriment to our environment. All major cities throughout America have disposal sites to dispose of any used fluorescent lamps. At the turn of the 21st century compact fluorescent lighting became popular within homes. The cost to purchase these lamps was and is higher than incandescent but the idea is that the lamp will last about twice as long and the consumption of electricity is about half. It was at the time a good return on your investment. Currently, LED lighting by far, will provide you with the best return on your initial investment.
LED lighting is the future of lighting, other than the sun of course. LED is the abbreviation for Light Emitting Diode. A diode is a two terminal electronic component with zero resistance to current in one direction and a high or preferably infinite amount of resistance to current in the opposite direction. It is like a collision of electricity or mini big bang. LED lamps and lighting can last up to 20 years and consume very small amounts of electricity to provide necessary lighting. Our electricians and service managers do all we can to inform our customers about all of the great advantages of upgrading to LED lighting. Think about this; how much does a 60 watt incandescent light bulb or CFL lamp cost? $9 lets say. How often do you replace the bulb? Roughly every 2 years. How much heat does the lamp dissipate into the air conditioned environment? Lastly, how much does the lamp use in electricity? There are savings calculators all over the internet. The simple answer is about 90% less. Considering just the replacement cost of $90 over a 20 year period one would have to soon realize the many benefits and savings of upgrading to LED lighting. Last but not least; the lighting temperature and clarity is amazing with LED’s. Honestly it is by far the best lighting out there.
As you can see there is quite a bit to know with regards to lighting of which we have barely scratched the surface. Lighting is a lifestyle and seeing is believing. Let our team at In Phaze Electric transform your home into an atmosphere tailored specifically to your wants and needs. Here is a list of the numerous ideas for lighting that we have installed:
No matter your lighting needs, give In Phaze Electric Inc. a call. I can promise that your lighting installation or repair will be billed fairly and within industry standards and the job will be complete and to your satisfaction and also comes with a one year warranty on parts (if supplied) and labor.