Types Of Commercial Lighting
When considering lighting products and design for a commercial purpose, it’s important to understand the purpose of the light source. Are you lighting an office space, a home, or even a plant incubator? Many home improvement stores offer a wide variety of lighting options and bulbs for any space design, and for any purpose. Here’s a look at the various forms of light technology and their uses.
The incandescent light bulb is the oldest form of lighting. An incandescent bulb creates light by electrifying a metallic filament, which becomes super heated and then produces light. An incandescent bulb creates a very bright light whose color temperature is in the warm spectrum of the visible field. Color temperature is a characteristic of visible light relevant to photography, astrophysics, horticulture, and more. Cool colors are bluish white, while warm colors are yellowish white through red.
Due to their warm color, incandescent bulbs are great for spaces without much natural light. They also create UV rays, which mimic the sun, and can be used for agricultural purposes. However, incandescent bulbs are the most inefficient light sources and are quick to burn out compared to other types of bulbs. Furthermore, these bulbs become extremely hot and may pose a danger to materials placed near them.
The Westinghouse 04102-99, a standard A-shape incandescent bulb, is rated for 5,000 hours of use.
Fluorescent bulbs create light by electrifying mercury vapor, which then interacts with phosphor to create light. Fluorescent lights also create UV rays, but are more efficient than incandescent bulbs.
Fluorescent bulbs are great for large commercial spaces that need even lighting. A fluorescent bulb does flicker briefly when it’s switched on, but doesn’t burn as hot as an incandescent bulb.
Compact Fluorescent Lights, an even more energy efficient light bulb, produce bright, even, white light that lasts much longer than a regular incandescent light.
The Elong FE-IISB-14W bulb, for example, is rated for 12,000 hours of use.
LED lighting is the most modern of all bulb options and provides substantial benefits over older lighting sources.
LED lights are the most efficient bulbs. Their efficiency ratio (lumen output to wattage) is twice as high as fluorescent bulbs and far above incandescent bulbs.
As they are rated for 25,000 to 40,000 hours of use, they double the lifespan of florescent lights and five times, or more, the lifespan of incandescent bulbs.
LED lights also have several safety advantages. LEDs don’t produce UV light and illuminate without producing heat, eliminating risk of fire or shattering glass.
LED light products are a great substitute for nearly every bulb type, and can even match the antique look of vintage bulbs. The LED4ST18/22K/FIL-NOS by Bulbrite retains the look of a classic, Edison style bulb, while having the advantages and appeal of an LED product.
For a commercial space looking to substitute LEDs in an agricultural setting, Feit’s BR30 bulb can enrich budding plants even without producing UV light.
Clearly, the options for commercial bulbs are varied and the best lighting source for specific usage depends on multiple factors. Check out the selection at Atlanta Light Bulbs before deciding on the right bulb for your home or workplace.
Carolyn Clarke is a freelance tech writer from Orange, CA. Her work specializes primarily in computer tech and software engineering, but she is interested in electrical and mechanical engineering as her side hobby. When she is not tinkering with gadgets or writing, she loves to hike and play with her dog.