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This week we are introducing our first guest blogger, Interior-Deluxe!
As a top Miami interior design firm, we take every step of the interior design process very seriously. One of the most important details in the home design process is attention to lighting. We rely often on interior-deluxe.com to provide us with the latest and greatest modern and contemporary selections for our projects.
Take a look as the experts expand upon our INTERIOR DESIGN 101: LIGHTING post from earlier this week.
Modern lighting fixtures and the bulbs they use
Halogen and LED Light Bulb Overview
There are dozens of light bulb types and bases available today. To the normal lay person, it can be confusing to shop for replacement bulbs that fit your beautiful, modern track lighting, pendant lighting, desk lamp, recessed lighting or chandelier.
G9 halogen bulbs are light bulbs that have a specific type of base. They aren’t designed to be used in your average Edison screw socket. Although these bulbs feature a unique base there are many light fixtures that use them. G9 bulbs features two looped prongs instead of screw bases or straight pins and are available in either a clear or frosted finish. G9 halogen bulbs are used in desk pendant lighting, wall sconces and accent lighting. They are also used in desk lamps and under-cabinet lighting.
T8 and T10 halogen bulbs are tube type bulbs and come in both a dual pin configuration as well as a standard Edison screw socket. They are easy to find in your local hardware or lighting stores. They are often used in pendant lights, wall sconces, ceiling lights and table or floor lamps.
MR halogen and LED light bulbs refer to mini-reflector type lighting and have a dual pin connector. The number after the MR refers to the diameter of the bulb in eighths of an inch. For instance a MR16 is 2” in diameter. They come in MR8, MR11, MR16 and MR20 They are often used in track lighting, recessed lighting, spot lighting and pendant lights.
PAR and R halogen, LED bulbs are Edison screw based bulbs with PAR being rated for outdoor use and R for indoor use. Once again the number after the PAR or R refers to the diameter of the bulb in eighths of an inch. PAR and R bulbs are most often used in recessed, track and spot lighting.
E light bulbs bases – halogen, LED, incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs are your standard Edison type screw in light bulb. They come in different sizes such as E26, E39 and E27. The E27 is your standard bulb base that we’re all familiar with.
LED lighting adds a whole new dimension in lighting fixtures because of their durability, long life and design flexibility. Many great lighting solutions now use LED to accomplish design elements you just couldn’t do with incandescent, CFL or Halogen.
When you’re shopping for lighting fixtures, don’t let all the bulb types, initials and numbers confuse you. Hopefully this overview will help you through the buying process.
About The Author:
Ingo Schaer is the President and CEO of Interior-Deluxe.com. He has been in the lighting business for more than 20 years and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He regularly blogs on a variety of Modern lighting and Interior Design topics, often focusing on practical solutions. You can find him on Google +.