LED vs Halogen vs Incandescent Bulbs

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Incandescent Light Bulbs

These bulbs are commonly used everywhere in our homes because they produce a pleasant light and they are cheap to purchase. They aren’t very energy efficient, however, and they also release a lot of heat, which makes them an expensive option for your house.

When you have the choice, you should purchase either halogen or LED bulbs. They do cost more but they are cheaper to run, provide better lighting and they will help you save a lot of money over time.

Halogen Light Bulb

Halogen bulbs are a great HID light source for lighting up an aquarium. They provide a high CRI (Color Rendering Index) that ensures your fish get a proper amount of light.

If you want a bulb that will last and provide great lighting, the Osram Halogen PAR38 is the best choice you have. The only downside of halogen bulbs is that they will overheat and burn out in a year or two.

LED bulbs are also a great fish tank lighting source. They are a main source of plant aquarium lighting, but their advantages can be fully exploited for fish tanks as well. They have low heat production, long life spans, great color rendering, efficiency up to 90% and produce little light pollution.

If you want a top LED aquarium lighting that you will be happy and satisfied with, go for the Current USA Satellite 305.

Incandescent light bulbs are a cheap way of providing light for a small fish tank or for your betta. The drawbacks are high power consumption, short lifespan, less efficient light production, over-illumination of the water surface and varied color rendering.

LED Light Bulbs

For years, halogen has been the most popular bulb used in our homes and offices. However, this has changed and contemporary LED light bulbs have superseded them. Below are reasons why you should consider changing your light bulbs.

Longer life

As opposed to halogen bulbs that can last for up to 1,000 hours, LEDs are designed to have a longer lifespan of up to 25,000 hours.

Lower power consumption

In the past, you may have heard that LED bulbs are expensive to run. This is not true anymore. LED light bulbs are more efficient than halogen since they consume 90% less power.

RoHS and CE certified

Majority of LED light bulbs used in most homes and offices are RoHS and CE-certified, which means that they are not toxic.

Aesthetic appeal

LED light bulbs can come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Energy saver

You use the same amount of power as you would when you are using a halogen bulb. After you have used the halogen bulbs for an hour, they emit heat – which means more power consumption. LED bulbs, on the other hand, emit no heat thus reducing power consumption.

LED light bulbs are easy to maintain