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When decorating your home, finding the right kind of lightbulbs is of crucial importance. But how do you know what works best?

In the past decades, there has been a significant change in home decoration and how people use lights. You no longer have to restrict yourself to using antique lights but have other options to experiment with. 

However, the primary competition remains between LED and regular lightbulbs to date. But choosing between them can be challenging, especially if you don’t know anything about lights.

We have designed this guide to help you with everything you need to know about both varieties. This would help you resolve the debate once and for all and opt for the best one according to your needs. 

So, without any more delay, let’s check them out!

LED VS Regular Lightbulbs

What Are LED Lights?

There is no doubt that LEDs have entirely revolutionised the lighting industry, but do you know what they are? LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are high-quality lights that come with not one but two electrodes, and the electricity flows through them in a single direction. And unlike regular bulbs, there are no visible wire filaments in them. 

Led Lights Hanging From Roof Warm White

What Makes LEDs Special?

One of the biggest reasons for choosing LEDs over incandescent (regular) bulbs is that they last longer. Compared to all other lights, LEDs have a significantly longer lifespan. To give you an estimate, LEDs can manage 60,000 to 100,000 hours with ease. 

Besides, users love that they hardly require any maintenance and require minimal spending once installed. 

But leaving everything aside, the primary reason for choosing LEDs over other lights is that they are ultra-energy-saving. When you start using LED lights, you will find minimal energy wastage in the form of heat or radiation

If you plan to install one in your kids’ room, they will love the broad spectrum of colours. These lights offer, which make them perfect for mood or ambient lighting. 

These options are relatively smaller than their regular counterparts and don’t require a cool-down period. Now, that’s pretty convenient.

Disadvantages Of Using LEDs

Like most lights, LEDs are not entirely free of disadvantages. And before getting your hands on one, you should know about the same. 

The first thing to consider is that these lights are relatively expensive and might burn a hole in your pocket. So, if you plan to replace all the incandescent bulbs at home with LEDs, we recommend keeping this factor in mind. It is best that you change them gradually and not at a go to avoid spending too much money together.

But then again, the electricity consumption of these bulbs is relatively low, and that would compensate for the cost

What Are Regular (Incandescent) Bulbs?

We are all familiar with the regular or incandescent bulb that has been around for quite a while now. Unlike the LED bulbs, these lights have a glowing filament in the centre, and it is through this the light flows. The filaments are a significant component involved in making the bulb glow. 

Regular Lightbulb Example

What Makes Regular Lightbulbs Special?

Honestly, there’s practically nothing more affordable than a regular lightbulb to brighten your room. This is because their manufacturing costs are pretty low, resulting in low retail prices.

Apart from that, what we like is the kind of versatility that these bulbs put on the table. They are readily available, but they are also suitable for use with light outputs and voltage conditions. 

Disadvantages Of Using Regular Lightbulbs

As we have already mentioned, one of the main reasons people shift to LED lights is their high energy-saving capacity compared to Incandescent lights. The latter’s efficiency can sometimes be as low as 10 lumens/watt. So, you can understand that there is a significant waste of energy, which happens because most of it is spent on heat generation. 

And because of this, the cooling period of the bulbs is relatively high. Hence, touching them by mistake before they have cooled increases the chances of hurting your fingers.

These bulbs are not long-lasting. On average, they can function for around 1,300 hours. But given that they are pretty cheap, that’s not a bad deal. The inconvenience arises when you realise that you need to change the bulbs very often. 

If you hate visiting the market to pick up light bulbs now and then, you should purchase them in bulk. 

Resolving The Debate

By now, you must have understood that LEDs are a better option. And because of that, it gets very difficult to find anything but LED light bulbs on the market these days. However, there are still a few burning questions that we would like to answer to help you make a fully-informed decision.

Four Different Types Of Lighting With Candle And Lightbulbs

1. Are LEDs Good For Eyes?

As stated above, LEDs offer a diverse range of colours. So, you can keep it cool white or change it to warm yellow according to your requirement. You can even opt for smart LED bulbs if you want further flexibility. This way, you can brighten or dim them as per your need. 

Long story short, LED lights usually don’t harm your eyes. If you work for long hours on the laptop or computer, we would strongly recommend opting for bright lights to adjust their brightness as and when required. This way, you can provide optimum comfort to your eyes.

2. Can LED Lights Be Used In Regular Fixtures?

Rest assured that you do not have to change the existing light fixtures if you plan to shift to LEDs. These bulbs will easily fit into all regular incandescent fittings, saving you from the extra cost of buying new fixtures.

3. Are LED Lightbulbs Really Extra Bright?

Compared to the bare lightbulbs and even CFL bulbs, the LED variants can easily outshine them in terms of brightness. The latter is capable of producing more lumens at the same wattage. And because they require less energy in making heat, LEDs can retain their brightness for a longer span. 

Which Light bulb Is Right For You?

With that, we have reached the end of this informative guide. 

Selecting a lightbulb should not be too difficult after reading this guide. If you plan to shift from one type to another, ensure that you do not throw the previous bulbs away. Some bulbs have harmful vapours stored in them and can cause environmental damage. 

If you are having trouble installing your new lightbulb, you can always call your local electrician for assistance.

Until next time!


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