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LED lighting has come a long way in such a short period of time. The man who is recognized for conceiving the light bulb, Thomas Alva Edison, says that he “tested no fewer than 6,000 vegetable growths, and ransacked the world for the most suitable filament material” as part of the process of inventing the light bulb, which got a patent in 1880 (Source). Edison is said to have acknowledged that this was tedious and very demanding work, particularly on those he employed to help him. Having done its work for over 100 years, the bulb, as invented by Edison, is gradually being replaced by a light emitting diode (LED).


While LED lighting has been around for some years now, many questions about it still exist


Types of LED Lights

Different kinds of LED lights have been created over the years. Let’s look at some of them below:

Miniature LEDs: Are extremely small and come in a single color or shape. You will see this LED in remote controls, calculators, and mobile phones used as indicators.

Dimmable LEDs: Work by creating a dimming effect. You will find this type of light used for creating a unique setting, such as in bedrooms, where someone may need to create a romantic setting, or the cabin of a plane seeking to replicate different times of the day.

High Power LEDs: Deliver higher levels of brightness as a result of several improvements that have been made to LED technology.

Lighting LEDs: Are the light bulbs found in the home and often take the shape of the traditional Edison light bulb that has been in use for many years.

Flashing LEDs: These are used in places where the idea is to attract attention, such as in storefront signage, other kinds of displays at exhibitions, and automobile indicators and lighting.  

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Incandescent Light

The light bulb is one of the wonders of the modern world. Found nearly everywhere on the planet, light bulbs are so common and widespread that it’s easy to forget how dependent we are on them. The light bulb is an electric light source that’s technically called a lamp. This term is, of course, also more commonly used by consumers to mean a portable type of lighting such as a table lamp or a desk lamp.

The most common type of “lamp” or bulb is the incandescent light bulb. These types of light bulbs are the oldest and simplest form of bulb technology, dating back to Thomas Edison’s experiments with filament types back in 1879.

How Incandescent Bulbs Work

An incandescent bulb works on the principle of incandescence, a general term meaning light produced by heat. In an incandescent type of bulb, an electric current is passed through a thin metal filament, heating the filament until it glows and produces light.

So, how do incandescent light bulbs work? Incandescent bulbs typically use a tungsten filament because of tungsten’s high melting point. A tungsten filament inside a light bulb can reach temperatures as high as 4,500 degrees Fahrenheit. A glass enclosure, the glass “bulb”, prevents oxygen in the air from reaching the hot filament. Without this glass covering and the vacuum it helps create, the filament would overheat and oxidize in a matter or moments.

After the electricity has made its way through the tungsten filament, it goes down another wire and out of the bulb via the metal portion at the side of the socket. It goes into the lamp or fixture and out a neutral wire.

This is an elegantly simple system and it works quite well at producing light. It’s perfect for a wide range of applications, cheap and easy to manufacture, and is compatible with either AC or DC current.

Are Incandescent Bulbs Dimmable?

Yes – by default, all incandescent light bulbs are dimmable.

There are exceptions to this rule. For example, certain specialized designs – such as particular types of colored light bulbs – are non-dimmable due to the manufacturing process. However, these will always be noted as “non-dimmable.” In general, you can trust incandescent light bulbs to be dimmable.

What is the Average Incandescent Bulb Life?

Each bulb is different, but the average incandescent bulb will have a lifespan of at least 1000 hours. There are many bulb designs that last longer than this. Before buying a bulb, be sure to check out the product details for the listed lifespan.

CFL bulbs, which are technically a type of incandescent light bulb, tend to have a longer lifespan, lasting as much as ten times longer than standard incandescent lights.

What Color is an Incandescent Bulb?

Incandescent color temperature usually ranges from white to yellow. However, each bulb is different.

If it’s important to you, check out the listed color temperature of a bulb before purchase. The higher the color temperature, the “cooler” the bulb is, which means it produces a whiter light. When the color temperature is lower, the bulb gives off a “warm” or yellow light output.

If you’re looking for light bulbs in a more unusual color, such as red or blue, check out colored light bulbs instead.

A chart showing color temperatures for lightingAre Incandescent Bulbs Energy Efficient?

Incandescent bulbs are not the most energy efficient.

Only around 10% of the electric power used by an incandescent light bulb produces light. The other 90% is emitted as heat. Because of this high heat output you’ll see incandescent bulbs used as heating lamps, grow bulbs and incubator lights where heat output is actually an asset.

Finding Energy Saving Alternatives for the Incandescent Bulb

With incandescent bulbs being as energy inefficient as they are, several newer technologies are now vying to replace them, including CFL bulbs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) and LEDs (light-emitting diodes). Some legislation is even in place to phase out incandescent light bulbs in favor of more energy efficient forms of lighting.

If you want the the most energy efficient light bulb type, go with LED light bulbs. You can easily replace an incandescent bulb with an LED bulb instead. Just swap out an old light bulb in a lamp or chandelier for its modern LED counterpart. Yes, you can put LED bulbs in regular fixtures, just as long as the bulb base and wattage is compatible with the fixture.

A chart that compares the lifespans and energy usage of incandescent, CFL, and LED bulbs

More Questions?

If want to learn more about how does an incandescent light bulb work, or have questions contact us to speak with one of our light bulb experts, Whether via phone or in person, we’re happy to assist you in choosing the right light bulb.

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Christmas & Holiday Light Installation Spring, TX

Are you looking for Christmas light installation professionals? Or custom designed and installed Christmas or holiday lights and decorations? Then you’ve come to the right place. Why mess with tangled Christmas lights and wires that don’t work half the time, scary ladders, climbing trees, and roof top close calls. Let us turn your house into a holiday winter wonderland or a simple yet elegant custom design this Christmas with our holiday and Christmas lights and decor installation.

Our main focus is to give you a classy, elegant, striking holiday look that is custom to your tastes and choices.

We strive to offer you the most exciting technology, waterproof, LED products. This is accomplished with a design from your input and ideas and from one of our innovative holiday decoration designers, and at a cost that will meet any budget.
We have completed thousands of Christmas decoration and light projects and our representative will carry a project idea portfolio with pictures of our many installation & decoration jobs, and the lights and decor available.

We are quite confident we can give you some truly spectacular ideas. We have a large assortment of quality, tasteful commercial grade lights and holiday decorations that will make the neighbors stop and look, but for ALL THE RIGHT REASONS.

It all starts with one of our award winning Christmas & holiday décor designers coming to your home at no charge, and on time, to see what you are looking to have done, and how we can help.

Our designer will share with you all possible options and then create a printed conceptualized rendering of what your home will look like decorated. We will leave you with several options and enough information, pricing, and ideas to really create a fantastic look that fits your expectations and budget.

We Hang Christmas Lights Spring, TX

When you think of Christmas in Texas, the first thing that comes to mind is the Holiday Lights in Houston. Of course, such an amazing spectacle can only be expected of this glorious city. Everywhere you look, the spirit of Christmas is alive and well during the winter. It’s even better when snow falls! White powder dusts and collects on the ground and kids playing in the snow is a joyous time of the year.

Snow also means trying to decorate for the holidays is a risky business. Rather than suffer the cold and ice in an attempt to hang your Christmas lights, why not let our professional team do it for you? While you’re safe and warm inside, the experienced crew from Mr. Lights with Christmas Light Installation in Spring will be ensuring your one-of-a-kind holiday display is affixed securely to your property. It doesn’t matter if it’s your house, your business, or a public space; Mr. Lights does them all! We hang Christmas Lights the way they were meant to be hung. We’ll take any holiday decoration ideas you have and turn them into a unique and delightful attraction you’ll be proud to call your own. A wide range of festive decor is available for purchase or rent, which our crew will install, maintain, and remove for you after the holidays. Best of all, everything is included in one low price – estimated for you for FREE!
An easy form is all that’s needed to give you this FREE quote, so your info and get an estimate today! You’ll be glad you trusted us to take care of your Christmas decorating needs when you see the splendid results!