Trying to decide between incandescent and LED light fixtures? Look no further to find the style of lighting best suited for your needs.
A tried and true style of lighting, Incandescent bulbs have been around since the 1850s. Incandescents produce light by heating a wire filament until it glows. The wire is surrounded by a clear glass bulb that acts as a vacuum to protect it from oxygen.
Incandescent lights are commonly used for interior or patio lighting. Due to their aesthetic appearance, incandescents are typically the go-to style of lighting for weddings, coffee shops, and other elegant events. The light produced is a warm, tangerine hue that instantly creates a beautiful atmosphere. Incandescent lights are often the preferred light for wedding and film production because they photograph exceptionally well. Although LED lights continue to gain popularity in that area, incandescent is still the first choice in those fields when sufficient power is available.
They have the worst energy efficiency on the market, converting only about 5% of their energy into light. The heat these bulbs infamously produce is the cause of the remaining energy to be lost.
Incandescent bulbs also have an incredibly short life span. Lasting on average for 1,000 hours, they suffer compared to the 20,000- 30,000 hours that LEDs can survive. Though they can be used for Christmas lights, it is not very common due to these factors.
An LED, or Light-Emitting Diode, is made from a unique material called a semiconductor. A diode is the simplest type of semiconductor component. When a current passes through the semiconductor, light is emitted.
There are two types of LEDs:
Diffused LEDs: The achievement of colour through color-tinted plastic cases.
Clear LEDs: They have a clear plastic case but emit colored light.
LEDs uses are for general and special-purpose lighting, where a particular colour is needed. The industry standard for Christmas lights, LEDs are an incredibly popular choice for the Christmas season. LEDs use much less energy than incandescent bulbs because diodes light is much more efficient than filaments. LEDs are chosen 99% of the time for Christmas lights because they rarely burn out and allow larger displays.
The upfront cost of LEDs is more than incandescent, but that is due to their long lifespan and durability. As LEDs are increasingly becoming the ‘go-to’ style of lighting, the price is ever reducing.
If you want to light your house for the Christmas season or expect to use the lighting day-after-day, it would be in your best interest to invest in LED lights. Their efficiency will save you money in the long run and will last season after season.
For a more elegant look, consider Incandescent bulbs. The colour radiated from the bulb is incomparable and ubiquitous with chic events.