In the past 10 years, new types of lighting have been introduced at a rapid pace. With all these different choices, you may be wondering what the best type of bulb is for you. Adams Electric encourages lighting with the most energy-efficient, cost-effective bulb for you. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are quickly taking the forefront on the lighting scene.
Use the chart below to determine which type of bulb will work best for your use.
You may be confused with the different terminology on bulb packaging. Traditional incandescent bulbs and compact florescent bulbs measure brightness in watts, but newer LEDs use lumens as a measurement. Use the chart below to compare watts and lumens and the energy saving capability of different bulbs.
- Shop for Lumens, not watts. For the best energy cost savings, look for high lumens and low wattage. To calculate which bulbs are the most energy efficient, divide the lumens by the watts. The greater this number is, the more energy efficient the light is.
- Choose a color temperature. Generally soft lighting is used indoors and in small areas, and bright lights are used outdoors and in indoor task lighting.
- Be sure to get the correct fixture base. Most lamps have screw-in bases; however, many halogen lights will need to be replaced with a two-pin base.
- A-line bulbs disperse light at a wide angle and are ideal to spread light throughout a room. LED a-line bulbs are most useful for area lighting, lamps, and hallways.
- Decorative bulbs resemble the shape of a candle flame and provide ambient and accent lighting. They are best used in decorative lighting fixtures, including wall sconces.
- Spot lights concentrate light in a very small area to produce a bright spot of light. Spot lights are most useful as track lighting and overhead recessed lighting.
- Flood lights cast a wider directional light than spotlights. Floods are ideal for recessed lighting, outdoor lights, landscape lighting, and motion-censored lighting.
- Globe lights emit light in every direction, which makes them great for general lighting with lamps, vanities, and pendant lights. They are best for use in hallways and near doors.
- Energy Star / Learn about LED bulbs(link is external)
- GE LED Lighting(link is external)
- LED Dimmer Compatibility
If you have a question, contact Adams Electric Cooperative toll-free at 1-800-726-2324 and ask to speak to a member services representative.