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Light Bulb Comparisons

 

 

 

Advantages & Disadvantages of
Different Bulb Types

 

 

 

 

BULB TYPE

ADVANTAGES

DISADVANTAGES

INCANDESCENT

low initial cost-numerous sizes-great color-various shapes-easy to wire-easy dimming capability
poor efficiency-produces high heat-short life span-costly to operate-can cause glaring

FLUORESCENT

long useful life-medium to high efficiency-various color range-low temperature & brightness-diffuses light
somewhat higher initial cost-minimal decorative fixtures-some are sensitive to low air temperatures

METAL HALIDE

very efficient-very long life-good to moderate color range-low operating cost
high bulb cost-potential for glare-limited fixture selection-primarily an outdoor bulb

HIGH PRESSURE SODIUM

very efficient-very long life-low operating costs
high cost-poor color rendition-strong glare-primarily an outdoor bulb

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