Back in the day, lightbulb shopping was quick and easy because there weren’t a whole lot of options, but these days, customers are faced with so many different types of bulbs that they don’t know which ones to choose. By knowing the differences among lightbulbs, you’ll be able to choose the best option for all your indoor and outdoor lights in New Iberia!

Incandescent
These are your traditional lightbulbs that most people are familiar with. They’re inexpensive and last about a year. However, they are not energy-efficient and are being phased out for bulbs that can meet new energy-efficiency standards. These might cost less upfront, but they’ll cost you more in the long run.

Halogen
These bulbs are similar to incandescent bulbs, but they use less energy. Typically, they last about a year and are often used for under-cabinet lighting.

Fluorescent
If you’re trying to illuminate an expansive space like a garage, attic, or basement, you may want to try out fluorescent lighting. These bulbs will last longer than incandescent bulbs and will provide a flat, cold light.

Compact Fluorescent (CFLs)
If you’re looking to replace your incandescent bulbs with something longer-lasting and more energy-efficient, CFLs may be the right option. These will last up to nine years and save you up to 75% a year on energy costs.

Light Emitting Diode (LEDs)
These bulbs take energy-efficiency to a new level—you could save up to 80% a year on energy costs. They also can last up to 20 or more years! LED bulbs also don’t give off heat which can help you to save on AC costs during the hot months of the year. If saving money on energy is a priority for you, check out these other ways to save on electricity! 

Whichever bulbs you choose, make sure that they have the right wattage for your light fixtures to avoid an electrical safety hazard. For help with electrical issues like flickering lights in New Iberia, be sure to contact your local electricians at Pipes & Plugs!