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Design 101
Your guide to light bulbs
LED, Halogen, Flourescent and CFL light bulbs on a blue background. Links to where to buys light bulbs on Walmart.com
Design 101
Your guide to light bulbs
What light bulb do you need?
We’re all pretty familiar with the idea of “watts.” However, there’s a lot more that goes into choosing your bulbs these days—especially when you’re planning to improve the overall atmosphere of your home. That’s why we put together this quick guide to light bulb terminology so that you can find the best light bulb. Ready?
A headshot of Walmart Home blog Spark of Home author Kellen McKillop
Kellen McKillop
Guide to light bulbs
An LED light bulb. Links to where to buy LED light bulbs on Walmart.com
LED
What are LED light bulbs? These bulbs are extremely efficient, with a life span of up to 50,000 hours. They run a lot cooler than incandescent bulbs, so have a low power consumption. Though they cost a bit more than other bulbs, the long-lasting life span and energy efficiency pays off in the long run. Disposal: Because LED light bulbs have no dangerous chemicals, you can throw them in the trash or, better yet, recycle them (look at your individual packaging to see if yours are recyclable).
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A halogen light bulb. Links to where to buy halogen light bulbs on Walmart.com
Halogen
What are halogen bulbs? Halogen bulbs can come in many shapes and sizes but are most commonly used as spotlights or flood lights. They run extremely hot, so can leave a burn if touched while in use. Because they’re able to operate at a higher temperature, they can produce bright light than an incandescent bulb. They also last longer with a life span of about 3,600 hours. Disposal: Halogen bulbs can be disposed of in normal household waste. Unfortunately, they can’t be recycled.
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A compact fluorescent light bulb. Links to where to buy CFL light bulbs on Walmart.com
Compact Fluorescent
What are CFL bulbs? Compact fluorescent lamps use a curved tube and only 1/5 the energy of an incandescent bulb. CFLs have a wider variety of models that allow for omnidirectional use (broader light coverage). Until recently LED bulbs weren’t able to do this. Disposal: CFL bulbs have trace amounts of mercury in them (don’t worry, they’re safe for use). However, each has a recycling fee and there’s a local recycling point that you can Google to locate for the disposal of your CFL bulbs.
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A full spectrum light bulb. Links to where to buy full spectrum light bulbs on Walmart.com
Full Spectrum
Full spectrum lights include all colors of light including infrared, ultra-violet, visible and non-visible (though they’re UV free). Many full spectrum bulbs come in at 6,500 Kelvins to mimic sunlight and are used for light therapy as well as helping plants grow in places where the sun is less prevalent.
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Table lamps including a honeycomb rose gold lamp a gold lamp and a black and bronze lamp. Links to where to buy lamps on Walmart.com
Lumens vs Watts
Now that we’re transitioning from incandescent bulbs, it’s time to stop focusing on just Watts and start thinking about Lumens. When shopping for a light bulb, you’re going to want to look at its listed Lumens. What are Lumens exactly (and what happened to Watts)? Lumens represent the amount of brightness that is given off by a bulb. Watts, on the other hand, are a measurement of the energy use of each bulb.
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