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Many customers who are looking for innovative ways to light up their rooms often ask, which is the best type of lighting?
Having lights that perfectly suit an area of your room changes the entire feel of the space. The North Pendant Lamp or the Lampo Floor Lamp perform significantly different functions, yet both could be suitable for your space, even at the same time.
Lighting affects how you feel in a room and different lighting needs are required for various spaces. A good lighting setup mixes several lighting styles to create a comfortable atmosphere where you may work or unwind with ease.
There are 6 types of lighting you can choose from. Let’s dive deeper.
Incandescent light bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs are the oldest type of electric light bulb, dating back to 1879. Incandescent light bulbs use a filament that is heated by electricity to produce light. The filament is typically made of tungsten and contains a small percentage of carbon.
As electricity passes through the filament, its temperature increases. The increased temperature causes it to glow and emit visible light. Incandescent bulbs are considered to be inefficient because most of their energy is lost as heat rather than emitted as visible light.
Pros of incandescent light bulbs
Incandescent bulbs are widely used in homes and businesses because they're cheap to make and easy to use. They also work well with dimmers and are more efficient than most other bulbs.
Cons of incandescent light bulbs
They produce a lot of heat and give off a lot of light in the infrared range, which can cause eye strain if you stare at them too long.
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CFL light bulbs
A CFL light bulb is a type of light bulb that uses less electricity but also lasts longer than a regular light bulb. They're often used in homes because they help reduce your energy bill.
They work by using a gas that glows when it's heated up by electricity. This process creates light and heat, which is the same thing that happens with regular bulbs.
Pros of CFL light bulbs
CFLs use a lot less energy than incandescent bulbs, meaning you'll save money on your electricity bill.
Cons of CFL light bulbs
They are sensitive to cold temperatures, take a long time to warm up and are not recommended for enclosed fixtures.
LED light bulbs
The most important thing you need to know about LED bulbs is that they're more energy efficient than other kinds of bulbs. That means they'll save you money on your electrical bill over time, which is why many people choose them.
Pros of LED light bulbs
Besides being energy efficient, LED light bulbs also last longer than other types of bulbs, which makes them a good choice in the long term.
Cons of LED light bulbs
They tend to be more expensive than traditional incandescent bulbs, so if you're just looking for something cheap, LEDs might not be the best option for you.
Halogen light bulbs
Halogen light bulbs are an efficient, versatile lighting option. They're great for both indoor and outdoor use, and they're a smart choice if you want to save money on energy costs.
Pros of halogen light bulbs
They're more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs, using only 10% of the electricity that an incandescent bulb uses. They last longer than incandescent lights (approximately 1,000 hours) and they produce a bright light that looks like natural sunlight. Finally, they don't contain mercury as some CFLs do.
Cons of halogen light bulbs
They emit a large amount of heat and can be very uncomfortable to sit close to. This also makes it dangerous to touch when turned on.
Xenon light bulbs
Xenon light bulbs are a type of incandescent bulb. They were developed in the early 20th century and have since been replaced by fluorescent bulbs. However, Xenon light bulbs are still used extensively in some applications.
Xenon light bulbs generate light through a process called thermionic emission. This is where electrons are excited by heat and then released into an ionized gas. The electrons then collide with atoms in the gas and cause them to glow.
Pros of xenon light bulbs
Xenon light bulbs are one of the most efficient bulbs on the market, using a gas called xenon to produce light. They last longer and use less energy than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.
Cons of xenon light bulbs
They are expensive, can’t be used in fog lights and may need additional energy converters to be installed.
Solar-powered lights are a great way to add lighting to your home, garden, or any space you want to be illuminated at night. These lights are easy to install in that they don't require any wiring - they simply use the energy of the sun.
The solar panel on the light collects energy from the sun during the day and stores it for use at night. As long as there's adequate sunlight throughout the day, these lights will keep working for several hours after sunset.
Pros of solar-powered lights
They use a renewable energy source, making them the most environmentally friendly option of the bunch. They have low maintenance costs and diverse applications. With portable solar panels, you can take them anywhere.
Cons of solar-powered lights
The initial cost can be expensive as you have to invest in solar panels. They are also sunlight dependent, so not the best choice for places where sunlight is in short supply. Initial installation can also be difficult.
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We have been working with our lighting suppliers for decades and have used many of their products in our interior design project portfolio.
Whether you're a homeowner looking to light up your home or an interior designer looking for the right lighting options for a project, we’re confident we can help you find the perfect light.
The best lighting options will depend on your particular situation and needs, but don't be afraid to experiment and find something that works for you.
There's no right or wrong choice when it comes to deciding on which type of lighting to use; it's all about your space and your preferences. These tips should help you decide which lighting option is right for you.
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