You might be wondering how hard can it be to choose the right light bulb for your home or business. After all it is not rocket science is it? But, this very process needs to involve considerable thought in order to make the correct choice. I know you will agree with me, that every homeowner and business owner want the best value for their investment. Long lasting light bulbs give such a value because they tackle the premature burnout issue.
A premature burnout can be a headache, especially in areas where replacement is difficult to achieve. That is why a long life product is so beneficial. There are various such products to choose from in the replacement lighting market. Here we will address the three most popular categories. However, before we discuss these categories let’s take look at the long life lighting solution.
The Long Life Lighting Solution
What I call the long life lighting solution addresses the burnout problem that plagues nearly every lighting product. While a normal incandescent light bulb is usually rated at 750 to 1,000 hours of average life. Premature burnout is still frequent. So, nearly everyone seeks a longer lasting light bulb as their solution.
As a result of this dilemma, the industry improved the technology seeking longer ratings. They developed stronger filaments going from a single stranded filament to a stronger coil coiled filament. They also improved the filament mounts providing a stronger support; tackling the problem of premature burnout due to vibration. Enhancement of the gas content was achieved with the introduction of different gases resulting in longer life to the filament. Improving the filament is so vital, because the majority of burnout results from filament failure.
The Incandescent Long Life Concept
The first product category to be discussed is the Incandescent. The Incandescent lighting product has been around since the development of the first light bulb. Many improvements have been made over the years. The average light bulb has always been popular because of the low cost. However, the burnout issue plagues its efficiency. Thus, resulting in the incandescent long life concept being born.
As mentioned earlier the average everyday light bulb is rated 750 to 1,000 hours. Most consumers just want to get light so they can proceed onto what is more important to them. Burnout is not much of an issue until it presents an inconvenience, getting the homeowners or business owners’ attention. Therefore, they seek an incandescent that has an improved life rating ranging from 5,000 to 20,000 hours. These products are not only long life, they are more energy efficient.
Energy efficiency has become a major issue with the incandescent light bulb. This issue resulted in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 being passed by Congress and signed into law by President George W Bush. This regulation, which is enforced by the US Department of Energy, resulted in a great many of incandescents being phased out of being manufactured. Thus was born the compact fluorescent a problem solver
Compact Fluorescent ( A Problem Solver)
The second product category to be discussed is the compact fluorescent (CFL). A compact fluorescent has so much advantage over the incandescent by becoming a problem solver for premature burnout. The CFL solves the problem of filament failure because a cathode contains the filament. The cathode acts as a protector for the filament as the gases within the bulb tube are ignited by the filament. A chemical reaction results among these gases causing the phosphorus coating, that has been deposited on the side of the bulb tube during manufacturing, to illuminate.
With the filament issue being solved; CFLs have another advantage in that they last up to 10 times longer than the average incandescent. They also burn with up 75% less heat and they save a considerable amount of energy. These are by far a very good choice for a long-lasting light bulb.
CFLs are not exempt from problems. They have small amounts of mercury within them to help in the light efficiency. Even though, mercury is not released by the use of a CFL. It may present an issue in the disposal of failed or broken lamps. The EPA has set standards for these issues.
To improve on these issues the industry developed the LED(light emitting diode). The light of the future has now become a reality.
LED—The Light Of The Future
LEDs have been around since the early 1900s, but we’re too expensive for commercial use until the mid 1990s. Light emitting diodes can now be made in many colors and lumen outputs. At first LEDs were very expensive, some being hundreds of dollars each.
Some problems with LEDs are: a high price per lumen output, a high dependence on outside temperature and a tendency to overheat when the outside temperature is too high. Despite their problems, LEDs are finding their place in the lighting industry and are here to stay. A light definitely designed for the future.
In conclusion I know we can agree that each of the categories we have discussed here tackle premature burnout in their own unique and special way. After viewing all the pros and cons. We can definitely make the right choice of which product is best for our application. As for me personally I agree with the industry that the best solution for overcoming the premature burnout dilemma would definitely be the long-lasting light emitting diode. The Light of the future.