I was wandering around in one of the big “We Sell Everything” stores while my wife was shopping for fabric. I ended up looking at light bulbs. It may seem to be an odd way to spend part of Saturday afternoon, but remember I am an energy engineer. I read the labels on light bulbs quite often.
I keep hoping that I will find a supply of new LED lamps that I can just screw in to my existing light sockets at home. But, they don’t make them yet.
The store had a wide selection of various light bulbs including many halogen bulbs. I keep looking at the halogen lighting products because the sure do put out a lot of bright light. They are great for car headlights being bright and lasting a long time. They may appear to be a good choice to get the lighting job done at home and save money.
I do not like them.
In my opinion, they have two problems that keep them out of my home.
The first is they are great for spot lighting, but because their light is so focused in a beam that they do not do a good job of lighting up a whole room. So, if you want to light up a room you need several of them aimed at different parts of the room. Because you need more of them to do the job, they don’t save money.
The bigger problem is that they are so hot that they are a fire hazard. If you use them, you need to take precautions to keep paper and other burnable items well away from them.
If you are going to use them, keep them limited to task lights. A good example is in a reading lamp.
We use our dining room table as a craft work table some of the time. When my wife needs bright light for needlework or I need it to glue something back together, that I broke, we can turn it up. We still can turn it down for a candle light dinner.
Of course, the real energy saver lamps are the ones that are turned off.
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