How A Light Bulb Works and Other Interesting Tidbits
Light Bulb Science
Ever wonder how a light bulb works? I mean it seems easy, you flick a switch and "bam" there is light! While not much more complicated than that, there is a little science involved.
To understand how a light works you need to understand certain terms including voltage, watt and amperage. The energy a light bulb produces is called voltage of light bulb. Amperage is energy a bulb uses to produce light. Watts is electrical flow or energy produced by a light bulb. This tells you how much electrical energy flows through your light bulb within any given second.
In simple terms voltage refers to how strong force of electricity is that flows through a bulb. Current tells you how fast electricity flows and resistance tells you how much space a current has to pass through. All of these factors impact your light bulbs performance.
When you flip a light switch, a current of electricity passes through your light bulb. The filament in light bulb then heats up, eventually producing a glow or "light" we are used to seeing. Believe it or not, most light bulbs are more adept at producing heat than they are at producing light. Traditional incandescent bulbs waste far more energy than other sources of light simply because a light bulb produces so much heat. That is of course unless you use your light bulbs to heat a room!
Now, most people go for cheap light bulbs. Why not? Cheap incandescent bulbs produce a sufficient amount of light and come in various shapes and styles.
You may find however, with a little experimentation your needs are best met with another bulb.
Let's look at some lighting preferences to decide what bulb may work best for you.
High Quality Light
If you want lots of high quality, natural looking light surrounding you there is no doubt about it... full spectrum light bulbs are best choice for you. Full spectrum light bulbs provide bright lighting. The "white light" or natural light they produce is equal in intensity to outdoor daylight. Full spectrum bulbs are a good choice for anyone looking for a pick-me-up. These bulbs provide a full array of ultraviolet spectrum.