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Incandescent light bulbs are a source of electric light that works by incandescence (a general term for heat-driven light emissions). An electric current passes through a thin filament, heating it until it produces light. The enclosing glass bulb prevents the oxygen in air from reaching the hot filament, which otherwise would be destroyed rapidly by oxidation.
Compact fluorescent bulbs use less power to supply the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb. The light of a compact florescent is emitted by a mix of phosphors on the inside of the tube, which each emit one color. Modern phosphor designs are a compromise between the shade of the emitted light, energy efficiency and cost.
Fluorescent lights or tubes are gas-discharge lamps that use electricity to excite mercury vapor. The excited mercury atoms produce short-wave ultraviolet light that then causes a phosphor to fluoresce, producing visible light. Unlike incandescent lamps, fluorescent lamps always require a ballast to regulate the flow of power through the lamp. While larger fluorescent lamps have been mostly used in large commercial or institutional buildings, you still find them used in garages, kitchens and recreational rooms in the home. Compared with incandescent lamps, fluorescent lights use less power for the same amount of light, generally last longer, but are bulkier, more complex and initially more expensive than a comparable incandescent bulb.
LEDs are the most expensive type of regular light bulbs, but they do have advantages over the other types of bulbs. LEDs are the most energy-efficient. They use 90% less energy than traditional incandescents and can sometimes pay for themselves through energy savings in just a couple of months. LEDs claim to be ultra long lasting—lasting for 25-30 years, depending on which one you buy and how you use it. LEDs give out light almost instantly when you flick the light switch, so you don’t have to put up with dim light while they get going.