What different types of light bulbs are there?
Answered by Consider it Done Electrical Services
3rd June 2019
Consider it Done Electrical Services answered the question "What different types of light bulbs are there?"
Within domestic use there are generally four types of light bulb (lamp). But, in those types there are a considerable amount of fittings. From small G4 and G9 sizes to the more common Bayonet (BC) and Edison Screw (ES). The four types are: incandescent filament type, only really available for "rough use" now, then there are fluorescent which come in the tube or compact variety. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), once considered the energy efficient type, identifiable by their often "curly" appearance. The next type are the halogen lamp, which came in every type of fitting except the tube fitting. Incidentally, halogen bulbs have now been discontinued in the EU area, following legislation from Europe allowing distributors and retailers to use up their current stocks but not replenish them. Finally are the LED lamps that come in the whole range of sizes and fittings. The LED lamps are a very efficient unit and also operate with very little residual heat output, they can even be found in long strips with self adhesive backing for use in cupboards above picture rails and so on. Current standards are trying to encourage the use of LED's above other types due to their energy efficiency. Important things to remember about light bulbs is not just the right fitting but the appropriate rating for the light fitting they are to be connected to. An example of problems caused by incorrect selection would be, when replacing halogen bulbs on a fitting with an extra low voltage transformer within. These often specify 10w and people replace them with 20w and the fitting ceases to work properly. So in short there are vast stays of bulbs available and rated in lumens now to complicate things. If in doubt make a phone call for some advice and consider it done!
Answered by GES Electrical
24th April 2019
GES Electrical answered the question "What different types of light bulbs are there?"
There are to many lamps (bulbs) to mention here but most lamps you use at home have one of the following connections. Bayonet, Edison screw or Es, small Edison screw or SES, downlighters are usually gu10 or if 12v mr16. This is the routine lamps we find in our homes these days but many more are used. The other thing to be aware of is the old tungsten and halogen lamps we have all known for decades are very hard to find these days so make sure you know the led equivalent which isn’t measured in Watts anymore but lumens. There will be a comparison chart usually on the packaging.