Halogen bulbs are a type of incandescent bulb that use halogen gas to produce light. Halogen bulbs are also constructed differently than incandescent bulbs because they are designed to filter soot (the dark debris that forms inside regular incandescent bulbs), which is what reduces the lifespan of the bulb. These types of lamps are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, and last approximately 1-3 years depending on use. Halogen bulbs are typically handled with caution because the oils from our hands can reduce the lifespan.
CFL (Compact Fluorescent)
Compact Fluorescent bulbs only use a quarter of energy than incandescent bulbs since they take less time to reach their optimal light output, and last approximately 6-10 years depending on use. The trace of mercury in fluorescent bulbs are a hazard to the environment, which is why it is important to recycle CFL bulbs in proper facilities. Be sure to determine local companies that take in used CFL’s for recycling.
LED also known as light-emitting diodes are made of semiconductor materials. Unlike other bulbs, LEDs are measured in lumens rather than watts, requiring less energy (watts) to produce the same output of light as their incandescent counterparts. LEDs are said to last approximately 15-20 years depending on use, and it’s constant evolution has made it into a popular choice for the modern homeowner. Today, LEDs come with a variety of features and styles.