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What Light Globe Should You Use?

January 30, 2014
What Light Globe Should You Use?

When lighting your home, it is important to choose the right light globe to suit your needs.

From LED to Halogen to Fluorescent to Incandescent, which is the best lighting option?

Whether you want an energy saving light globe to a light globe that allows you to create a certain mood with a dimmer, each type of lighting technology will give you something different.

LED Lighting

LED lighting is the latest in energy efficient lighting technology. LED, which stands for Light Emitting Diode, are at the forefront of energy efficiency as they are long-lasting and offer equivalent or better light quality than other types of lighting. LED lights use at least 75% less energy and last 25% longer than traditional Incandescent lighting.


Fluorescent Lighting

There are two types of fluorescent lighting:

Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL)

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL’s) are 80% more efficient than Incandescent lights. The great thing about CFL’s is that they fit most fixtures designed for Incandescent lighting. Compact Fluorescent Lamps are the perfect option for areas where lights are on for long periods of time.


Fluorescent Tube and Circline Lights

The traditional fluorescent tube and Circline lights are fantastic for lighting large areas such as commercial buildings, offices and garages.


Halogen Lighting

Halogen lighting is a type of Incandescent lighting that is slightly more energy efficient. Since the phasing out of Incandescent globes, Halogen lights have replaced them in lighting options such as pendant lights, chandeliers and spotlights. Halogen light globes look similar to Incandescent lights but do not have the filament and can also be dimmed.


Incandescent Lighting

The most inefficient lighting available is the Incandescent globe. Whilst creating a warm light with excellent colour rendition, Incandescent lighting only converts 5-10% energy into light, turning the rest into heat. Since 2009, the Australian Government has phased out standard Incandescent lighting, but some forms of specialised Incandescent lights are available.


Lighting Technology Vs Globe Lifespan*

LED = 30,000-50,000 hours Fluorescent = 8,000-15,000 hours Halogen = 1,000-5,000 hours Incandescent = 1,000 hours

*Estimated lifespan depending on globe.