Since back when light bulbs first needed changing, people have been going about this task. When you mention the light bulb replacement job, most will conjure a fresh light bulb and a sturdy stool to get the job done. There is plenty of information everyone should know when it comes to this very simply task. With that in mind, we at Sentry Electric would like to share some viable information concerning the various bulbs, how to dispose of the old ones, and some quick tips when you change the burnt bulb for a fresh one.
Types of Light Bulbs
More than ever before, we have quite a few options when it comes to light bulbs. With a dozen or so of selections, bulbs are categorized in four primary groups to make it less intimidating. With cost, light production, and energy efficiency as the main attributes people look for, you can find the right light bulb best for you. Listed below is a brief account for these 4 major groups.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL): Compact Fluorescent Lights, otherwise known as CFL, were once a pricey option and now this ice cream-shaped light bulb are affordable, burns brighter, and the increased energy efficiency and make these bulbs fairly popular.
LED Light Bulbs: With longer lifespans and powerful lighting capabilities, the parachute-shaped bulbs were another an expensive option that has since become more affordable because of the growing popularity.
Incandescent Light Bulb: Giving off a warm, yellowed glow, these are the standard bulbs most are accustomed to. Their basic ingenuity and cheap price tag make this a common bulb consumer have known for decades. However, just from the heat alone they emit, they lose 90% of their energy.
Halogen Light Bulbs: Following a 2007 law that prohibited energy wastage in commercial products, Halogen gas began appearing in bulbs. While managing the same amount of light, this small change improved the energy usage of these bulbs.
How to Change a Light Bulb
Power off the light source: For safety, though obvious it is frequently forgotten, turning off the light at the light switch is essential. The bulb will cool off enough to handle it and you will not risk giving yourself a shock. Make sure the step ladder you have is a sturdy one. Make sure you can stand on it without it rocking, for proper safety.
Unscrew the old light bulb: To avoid the risk of smashing the bulb and cutting yourself, be sure to not grasp the bulb too firmly. Should the bulb not turn left freely, the bulb may be a bayonet-style fitting. Simply push the bulb firmly into the fitting to see if it retracts into the socket should this rare circumstance apply. Twist it to the left after pushing it in all the way.
Insert the new light bulb: Using just enough force as you used to remove the old one, screw in the new bulb.
Test the light bulb: Do a quick check to make sure the bulb is working by flipping the lights on.
Dispose of the old light bulb: The glass of the old bulb is particularly fragile. Do not toss it in the rash because it can easily shatter and become a safety hazard. Wrap it up in a large piece of balled up newspaper or magazine pages or place it in another back before disposal.
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