Shedding Light on all the Different Kinds of Lightbulbs in Charlotte and Beyond

Hands holding traditional and energy efficient light bulbsChoosing the right kind of light bulb for your indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures is always a bright idea but doing so can be difficult with all the different varieties available today. Using the appropriate lightbulb for your lighting fixtures not only saves you money but it also makes them safer. Failure to use the correct style or wattage increases the risk of electrical malfunction.

At Douthit Electrical, we’re happy to help you take the guesswork out of choosing light bulbs for your lighting fixtures. Our indoor and outdoor lighting design service is all about balancing aesthetics and function, and choosing the right variety of light bulb is an important part of that. With our A+ Better Business Bureau rating, and decades of experience, you can trust us to help you find the best lighting solutions for your needs.

Here’s a quick look at light bulb varieties and their properties.

Compact Fluorescent (CFL)

These are among some of the most energy efficient light bulbs available and can last for upwards of 9 years! In fact, CFL light bulbs use 25% to 80% less energy than traditional light bulbs while lasting 3 to 25 times longer without compromising on qualities such as brightness or clarity. These can be used in the same ways as incandescent light bulbs.

Light Emitting Diode (LED)

Not only do these light bulbs look cool, but they’re also cool to the touch! It may not seem like much, but this unique property can even help to reduce cooling costs. Similar to CFL light bulbs, LED’s are praised for their energy efficiency and long lifespan. Although these are commonly used in under cabinet lighting, their versatility allows them to be used in many other ways and areas throughout your home.


The cheapest and most common light bulb variety, incandescents have all but been replaced by energy efficient light bulbs. With a short lifespan and the amount of energy they use, incandescents fall short of today’s standards for energy efficiency and sustainability.


The light bulbs are a variety of incandescent that give off a similar quality of light but use less energy. While they may be more energy efficient than their incandescent counterparts, they burn at a higher temperature and cost more money. Halogen bulbs are a popular choice for under cabinet lighting and for pendant lights.


This variety of light bulb is best for lighting large, open areas such as attics and basements, though they’re commonly found in offices. Many people find fluorescent lighting to be flat, harsh, and cold due to its blue hue, but there are several different varieties available with warmer tones and even different colors.

Discover all the brilliant ways lighting design can brighten your life by calling Douthit Electrical today! Whether it is for work, play, or a little bit of both, we have the best and brightest electrical solutions for your needs.


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