This guide provides a large number of helpful articles, grouped into sections, with lots of helpful articles about electric light, light bulbs, and related topics you may be searching for answers to.
What is electric light?
Electric light is the formal name and category of electric lamps, commonly called light bulbs but this also includes other electrical devices designed to create light. In other words, artificial lighting (non-sunlight lighting) is powered by electricity, whether alternating current (AC) as found in homes or direct current (DC) supplied by batteries or power supplies.
Electric lights (light bulbs) fall into 3 main categories: incandescent filament lamps, gas discharge lamps such as halogen or xenon, and light-emitting diode (LED) lamps. Long ago lamps – and lighting devices – were powered by candles, gas, or oils until the age of widely distributed electrical power was available to homes. Electrical lighting then came into use as the term used to distinguish it from other types.
In modern times, while electric light sources are the most common, oil and other types of lamps are still in use for special use cases such as warmth and camping as they don’t require an electric power source.
Light bulb color, color temperature, and light quality
A great place to start is choosing a light bulb that won’t attract bugs. What color light bulb repels insects? We’ll cover that and more here.
Are there bulbs that can duplicate what sunlight can do? Read on to learn more.
These days it’s easy to find some bulbs sold as “daylight temperature” or “daylight” color output. Guess what, however – that’s often not the same as a full spectrum bulb! What is a full-spectrum light bulb and how is it different from others?
Maybe you’re need a soft light to sleep well or just want to get the right “vibe” before drifting off to sleep. Inside you’ll learn the best colors for LED bulbs and all sorts of really interesting light bulb color facts!
Types of light bulbs
Recently I had to replace a burnt-out bulb and had to deal with some things I didn’t understand. What is a B22 light bulb? And what is the purpose of a B22 bulb or socket?
There’s all kinds of light bulbs: full spectrum, UV, heat lamps (infrared), and many more types. But what makes UVB light bulbs different and what are they all about?
Replacement bulb topics
Scentsy warmers come in a vast array of styles, from cutesy cow warmers to elegant blown glass warmers. But what size light bulb does a Scentsy need? I’ll show you which bulb you need.
Here I’ll show you how to remove a light bulb stuck in a fixture. Read on to learn more and get that stuck light bulb out and get on with your life.
Oven bulbs can have some differences you should be aware of when it comes time to replace them. But what kind of light bulb is right for an oven?
Here’s an easy, step-by-step guide on how to replace a halogen light bulb with a prong base. I’ll also cover why you should consider keeping your halogen light bulbs instead of replacing them with LEDs.
Having a light bulb break feels like a really frustrating – and worrisome – moment. I’m going to show you how to safely remove a broken bulb from its socket with little more than a potato. (But I’ll also explain what to do in case that doesn’t work too)
Light bulb socket repair and modification
Do you have a light fixture you rarely or never use, but need more outlets? In this article you’ll learn the basics of how to convert a light bulb socket to an outlet. I’ll share two simple ways you can.
Faulty light bulbs & troubleshooting
In this article, I’ll explain how to tell if a light bulb is burnt out or bad along with a list of reasons this can happen.
Light bulbs aren’t perfect. While it’s true that most just “go bad” one day after you’ve used them for a long time, they can do something much worse. Here you’ll learn more about I mean plus why it can happen – and more helpful details, too.
Electric light safety
It’s one of the most common home maintenance tasks around – but is changing a light bulb dangerous? Can you be electrocuted when doing it? Read on for the hard facts (and how to stay safe).
Thinking about working with a light bulb socket or just need to replace a bad bulb? Read on to find out what potential hazards you may run into with empty bulb sockets.
Yeah, it’s a great question – is it possible for a supposedly burned out and dead light bulb to start a fire? Keep reading 0 what you learn may surprise you!
Yeah, they’re the new technology and they’re everywhere! But are LED bulbs plagued by heat like traditional bulb types? And are they a potential heat or fire hazard? I’ll explain everything inside, to let’s dig in!
You’re in for a treat – I’ll not only tell you about LED light bulbs and heat, but also a ton of great info. Everything from LED bulb life to how they work…and much more!
When it comes to LED bulbs and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs which one lasts longer? Which one is overall a better buy or is there more to it than just “best”? Read on and I’ll explain it all.
Dimming your lights is a wonderful way to change the mood and even save energy. But how do dimmable bulbs work, are the all the same, and are they interchangeable? Keep reading and I’ll explain everything inside.
2-way and 3-way bulbs
A 3 way light bulb is the perfect solution to different lighting needs. But what is a 3-way light bulb? Read on to learn everything you need to know about 3 way light bulbs and 3-way lamps.
Nearly everyone knows heat lamps are good for warming food, animal pens, reptile tanks, and much more. But what kind of wattage energy use can you expect them to draw? What is different between the two types, too?