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Incadescent vs. Fluorescent: Which Should You Choose and Why?

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 12:45 AM

At NAE Electric & Automation, we specialize in all things electricity related. If there is a job for us to do, we’d love to take it on. However, service doesn’t always come with a price. Being a customer-centered company is incredibly important to us. That’s why we provide tips and guides online at no cost to you. This guide focuses on the difference between incandescent and fluorescent bulbs in an effort to provide you with the most efficient type of home lighting system.

Incandescent bulbs
are what you think of when you think of a light bulb. They pop up over people’s heads when they get a good idea. Not literally, but you know what we mean. Incandescent light bulbsproduce a yellowish type of light. Most incandescent bulbs are incredibly affordable and range anywhere from 15-150 watts. One very beneficial caveat of incandescent lights is their versatility; not only in wattage, but in shape as well. Customers are able to purchase a standard-shaped light bulb, a version shaped as a globe, and some incandescents even come in the shape of a candle flame.

On the other end of the spectrum, we find fluorescent bulbs. In recent years, there has been a large push to get consumers to move towards fluorescent light bulbs, and you are about to find out why. While requiring more of an initial investment, fluorescent bulbs are much cheaper to power than incandescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs can use up to 67% less energy than incandescent bulbs and even last longer in the process! Fluorescent bulbs are also able to use less wattage than standard incandescent bulbs while providing the same amount of light.

Despite these benefits, there are downsides to each type of bulb. As previously mentioned, incandescent bulbs are not energy efficient. Although they might be easy on the wallet at the store, this is not the case on your electrical bill. And while fluorescent bulbs do save money on your electrical bill, they require more cash up front.

In order to make an educated decision, it’s imperative that you decide what is important to you as a consumer. If you are looking to save cash in the long run, fluorescent bulbs enable you to do that simply and effectively. However, if you are looking to use a light bulb that is safer for the environment, but may cost a little more cash, then incandescent bulbs are for you.


Electricity doesn’t always have to be a complicated subject. While there are some instances in which you must call your local master electrician, there are many questions that can be answered with a little research and determination. Choosing a type of light bulb is not likely to be an incredibly difficult decision, but diving into the endeavor with some extra information will always prove to be helpful. If you’ve got bigger problems to deal with than a simple light bulb switch-up, then contact us at Northern Electric & Automation, we’d love to help.

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