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Leigh Electrical Lightbulb Guide

It can be difficult choosing exactly the right light bulb for your home. Luckily, Leigh Electrical are here to help! Here’s our one-stop guide to choosing between the three main sorts of light bulbs: Halogen, Energy-saving and LED. The question is, which one is right for you?


Halogens tend to have the shortest lifespans of the three main bulb groups, lasting an average of two years compared to incandescent bulbs. Ideal for those who like instant brightness and clarity, halogen bulbs light up instantly and look similar in quality to traditional bulbs as the filament in the middle in both is made from tungsten.

Although the halogen bulb tends to be the closest to traditional bulbs, they also have the highest running costs due to their shorter shelf life. However if you’re looking for a replacement for your old incandescent and want a bulb that’ll provide bright, instantaneous light, then halogen might be your best bet – and you will still save 30% on your energy bill compared to using incandescents. Make sure you look at the lumens on the box rather than the wattage – new technologies mean that low wattage does not necessarily guarantee a brighter bulb.


Although LED lights are the most expensive when you first purchase them, they more than make up for it in the long run. With an average lifespan of 25 years, you can rest assured you’re making an investment when you buy one of these – their heat-diffusing technology ensures it stays cool, ensuring a much longer life than traditional bulbs. They also save 90% on energy cost, so don’t be put off too much by the price as in the long run LED bulbs can save you the most money.

Similar to halogens, these lights provide instant and bright light so they’re ideal if you prefer a crisper, cleaner light to Energy Saving bulbs, for instance. Again, look for lumens so you can test out how bright the bulb really is, as you don’t want to be blinded if you’re looking for a gentle living room light, or squinting to see when you’re in the bathroom. One more thing to note is that LEDs aren’t always compatible with dimmer switches, so check to see if you need a compatible one.

Low Energy (CFL)

CFL bulbs are probably in the middle of the two, both energy-saving and lifespan-wise. The average lifespan for this bulb tends to be around 10 years, while you’ll also save around 80% on energy compared to traditional incandescents.

These types of bulbs tend to produce a warmer, softer light compared to the brightness of halogen and LED lights. They also take longer to ‘warm up’ and produce light, so if you light something immediate, then these may not be the best choice for you. If you’re looking for soft lighting around the house, though, then these might be just the bulb you need to create a warm and cosy atmosphere.


So there you have it – our guide to the three major groups of light bulbs. Now it’s up to you! However if you do need any help or advice, don’t hesitate to contact us for all your electrical needs around Essex.

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