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When buying a new lighting fixture, it is important to choose the right type of bulbs. In order to understand the differences and advantages of the multiple options offered, here is some useful information to help you make the right selection.

Halogen bulbs

Halogen bulbs offer a long lifespan, sparkling white light and constant brightness. The use of halogen gas allows the filament to burn more slowly and at higher temperatures. Since the filament can be heated to higher temperatures, the light emitted is whiter and more intense. Halogen bulbs have a longer lifespan and produce more lumens per watt, making them more efficient than regular incandescent bulbs. The intense white light of the halogen reflects off the crystal and makes it sparkle, enhancing the beauty of decorative chandeliers. Halogen bulbs can be used in the most compact and elegant fixtures and are compatible with dimmers.

Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL bulbs)

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) provide the same amount of light (lumens) as incandescent bulbs, but at a lower power rating.  They consume less energy and create less pollution. The lifespan of this bulb is 8,000 to 10,000 hours, compared to 2,000 to 5,000 hours for incandescent bulbs. It is important to note that most compact fluorescent light bulbs cannot be dimmed.

Incandescent light bulbs

The incandescent light bulb has been in our homes for over 120 years. This technology has long proven to be reliable, easy to use and part of an inviting and comfortable environment.

In the last decade, a major initiative to create more efficient light sources has resulted in the replacement of a large portion of the world’s general purpose incandescent bulbs. Nevertheless, many decorative or specialized applications still require the specific attributes of incandescent lighting. Incandescent light bulbs do not require a ballast or transformer, are compatible with all dimmers and work well even when exposed to heat or moisture.

Incandescent bulbs are also valued for their low initial cost and the absence of toxic materials such as mercury, toxic alloys and semiconductors when disposed of at the end of their life.

LED light bulbs

LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs are more economical, last longer, light up instantly, are aesthetically pleasing, heat less than halogen and emit less radiation than compact fluorescent bulbs. In addition, this type of bulb has little or no toxic substances. The very long lifespan, 25,000 to 50,000 hours, is one of the main advantages of LED bulbs.

Trust an INTER Luminaires specialist to help you choose the best light bulbs for your fixtures!

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