Your Lights Tell a Story
Using a light bulb to light a space is similar to writing a book. The initial brainstorming, drafting, editing, approval from the publisher, and then printing mirrors the lighting process of flipping a switch, electric currents traveling along a circuit, and emitting heat at the end of a coil within a bulb.
Why should you care how well a light bulb performs beyond its function any more than you care about the process that produced your favorite book? Because there are different varieties of light bulbs made for unique environments. When you have the correct lighting on your property it speaks of your personality, much like we want to make sure the final copy of our book accurately tells our story.
For light to be consistently emitted through electricity, it must go through a light bulb. There are several different kinds of light bulb variations within each of the families. We will address each of them here to help you make a smarter lighting purchase.
Incandescent light bulbs are the oldest form of lighting available. While inexpensive to purchase, the operational costs quickly add up. The light in these bulbs is produced by a small coiled wire usually made of tungsten that glows and emits heat from an electrical current passing through it. These bulbs have the shortest lifespan of all and are inefficient compared to newer developments.
Fluorescent light produced by fluorescent tubing is caused when mercury and inert gases react to an electric current. Fluorescent lighting works best indoors and helps give the interior of your home or business a more natural, ambient feel while still maintaining functionality for a variety of tasks. They also last ten times longer than incandescent lighting and provide three to four times as much efficiency. The best way to gain this efficiency is by installing your lights in areas where they will be on for three or four hours at a time.
In order for a fluorescent light bulb to work correctly, it needs to start through and have its circuits protected by ballasts, which consume a significant amount of energy. If you have existing fluorescent lighting, you can increase your energy savings by re-lamping and replacing ballasts and fixtures with more efficient and updated models.
High-Intensity Discharge, or HID, bulbs provide the most efficiency and longest lifespan of all lighting. They are the type of lights commonly found on outdoor properties and in large sporting arenas. You’ve probably noticed before that HID lamps always have an arced shell around the bulb. This is how these lamps are able to produce their intense light. You may also have noticed that when first powered on, they take anywhere from several seconds to a few minutes to produce their light, as the ballasts in the unit require time to create the electric arc.
The final type of bulb, called a Low-Pressure Sodium, functions similar to a fluorescent bulb. Because of their long service life and high light output, these bulbs are one of the most efficient choices in artificial lighting. These bulbs work best when color for your space is not a priority, since all colors will be rendered as a yellow or gray tone. This type of bulb is often found in highway and security lighting.
It’s often said that you can’t rush perfection, and we believe that to be true for lighting. Don’t be left in the dark. Save time and money by knowing which lights will give your property the personality and performance you desire.