We cannot thank enough the man who was behind the discovery of light bulbs. Whether it’s our homes, offices, shopping malls, schools or hospitals, light bulbs serve to brighten up our lives, they are truly a blessing. Here are a few interesting facts about light bulbs.
Thomas Edison did not invent the Light Bulb
This might come as a surprise, but it is true that Thomas Edison was not the first one to come up with idea of a light bulb. Light bulbs have a long history reaching back till the 1800s.
Particularly, in 1802 Sir Humphry Davy conducted an experiment in which he showed that heating strips of metal with electric current generated light.
Many other inventors during these years including Joseph Swan, Charles Francis Bush, and James Bowman Lindsay etc. were recognized for contributing towards the development of light bulbs.
Around 75 years later, Thomas Edison, a young inventor from New Jersey, successfully created the famous incandescent light bulb.
Some Light Bulbs are Recyclable
Interestingly, some light bulbs like LED bulbs can be recycled. There are companies out there that recycle fluorescent and led light bulbs. Some of these companies even offer their services free of charges.
You can also convert your old and used light bulbs into useful and creative pieces for your houses. Why not use your old bulbs and convert them into beautiful door hangings. Internet has thousands of amazing DIY ideas for this purpose.
Light bulbs have various types and shapes
There are different kinds of light bulbs sold in the market. Most commonly known light bulbs are incandescent, fluorescent, and ultraviolet and LED ones and now something called ifttt.
Each of these kinds is further categorized into various shapes. For example incandescent bulbs come in A (arbitrary), C (cylindrical), G (globe), F (flame), R (reflector), S (straight), T (tubular) and many other shapes.
Amongst the energy efficient light bulbs are the compact fluorescent (CFL) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) options. Both of these can be used for outdoor purposes. These bulbs preserve energy, save money and are safer for the environment.
Light bulbs are dangerous
Looks can be deceptive. Even though a light bulb looks like a harmless electronic item yet according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the 3rd most dangerous item at your homes is a light bulb.
Mercury and other metals found in traditional light bulbs are extremely hazardous to human health. These must be kept away for children at any cost. It is important that you ensure proper disposal of such light bulbs as they adversely affect the environment.
Light bulbs can be used for growing plants indoor
Did you know that in areas where it is nearly impossible to grow plants outdoors, light bulbs are used to grow plants indoors? Such light bulbs are referred to as grow lights.
Metal Halide (MH) and High Pressure Sodium (HPS) light bulbs are the brightest grow lights and they come under the category of high intensity discharge lights.
MH bulbs emit 125 lumens per watt and are much brighter than normal incandescent light bulbs.
Fluorescent bulbs are a good alternative to these HID lights as fluorescent glow lights do not heat up to higher temperatures even after being lit for longer periods of time.
Different light bulbs create different moods
Lighting plays an important role in determining the ambience and mood of the space. A light bulb color temperature (measured in kelvins) controls the atmosphere and thereby the feel you wish to create.
This temperature ranges from 2700K to 6500K. For a comfortable and relaxing environment, you should go for a color temperature ranging from 2700K to 3000K. An energetic and brighter mood is created with a light bulb having a color temperature of 5500K to 6500K.
Now that you know all the interesting facts regarding light bulbs, we hope that the next time you purchase a light bulb you will look for the right kind of energy efficient light bulbs for your house or office!