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55 Different Types of Light Bulbs: A Buyer’s Guide

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Quicklist: Different Types of Light Bulbs

  1. Halogen bulb
  2. Incandescent bulb
  3. LED bulb
  4. CFL bulb
  5. Fluorescent tube
  6. Globe LED Bulb
  7. Twisted Fluorescent Lamp
  8. Incandescent Lamp
  9. Compact Fluorescent Lamp
  10. Mercury Lamp
  11. Tube Fluorescent Lamp
  12. Flame-Shaped Bulb
  13. LED Bulb
  14. Dimmer Switch
  15. Fluorescent Lamp
  16. Spotlight Bulbs
  17. LED Panel
  18. Halogen Lamp
  19. Corn Lamp
  20. Diode
  21. Adapter
  22. Circular Fluorescent Lamp
  23. Sodium Lamp
  24. Reflector
  25. LED Strip Light
  26. E10 Mini-Screw
  27. E11 Mini-Candelabra
  28. E12 Candelabra
  29. E14 European
  30. E17 Intermediate
  31. E26 Medium
  32. E27 Medium
  33. E39 Mogul
  34. E40 Mogul
  35. EX39 Extended Mogul
  36. A Series
  37. B Series
  38. C-7/F Series
  39. S Series
  40. F Series
  41. G Series
  42. R Series
  43. MR Series
  44. Linestra
  45. Tungsten Halogen Double-Ended
  46. PS-25/PS-35
  47. AR Series
  48. ALR Series
  49. BR Series
  50. T series
  51. RP, MB, BT
  52. PAR Series
  53. BT Series
  54. E Series
  55. ED Series

It’s great that there are many different types of lights to choose from but it’s also frustrating. Our house, built in the 1980s has all kinds of different light fixtures which require all different types of light bulbs. Whenever I need to change a bulb, I need to go to the hardware store and try to figure out which one I need. On more than one occasion I’ve bought the wrong bulb — in fact, this happened recently, which got me researching this topic.

The plus side is our three-year-old loves going down the lighting aisle in our local hardware store. He loves all the different lights so every time we go there, we’ve got to stroll through the lighting aisle at least once in the store’s fun truck cart.

I wasn’t surprised that there would be so many light bulb options. In an effort to try and simplify the light bulb puzzle, we put together a series of custom light bulb charts that illustrate shapes, bases, and sizes that will help you buy the right light bulb. An added point is that lightbulbs have different color temperature so if you have preference for soft over harsh lighting you will want to choose the right light bulb for color as well as the fitting.

Types of Light Bulbs: A Simple List

We’ve outlined all the light bulbs, but some of the most common bulbs you’re likely to come across are:

  • Halogen bulb
  • Incandescent bulb
  • LED bulb
  • CFL bulb
  • Fluorescent tube

Your light fixture will play some role in determining the type of bulb you need. This extensive light bulb guide should help you with both selecting lights for your home as well as when you need to buy light bulbs.

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Light Bulb Types (Illustrated Chart)

We kick off our light bulb buying guide with our extensive chart that illustrates all the different types of bulbs organized by shape, base, and size.

Chart setting out all the different types of light bulbs by shape, base and size.

Next, we break down each type by shape, base, and size.

Light Bulb Shapes

Chart of light bulb shapes

Globe LED Bulb

The different parts of a LED light bulb (illustration)

Shaped like incandescent bulbs using LED (light emitting diode) technology instead of filaments, these bulbs are a great replacement for older ones in your home. They use a lot less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and will greatly lower the cost of lighting.

Twisted Fluorescent Lamp

These fluorescent light bulbs use a lot less energy than incandescent bulbs and will last for a long time, resulting in large savings during the lifespan of these bulbs. They work well in both homes and businesses and have brighter or dimmer variations.

Incandescent Lamp

The different parts of an incandescent light bulb (diagram)

A filament is heated until it glows and produces the light in these bulbs. These are being phased out so that more energy-efficient bulbs will be produced instead, but they last about a year and don’t contain mercury. They also include the added benefit of having the capacity to be used with a dimmer switch, so you can easily control the brightness in a room.

Compact Fluorescent Lamp

A compact fluorescent light bulb will last for thousands of hours and put off very little heat. Because of the way they are constructed and how they work, they do tend to cost more than incandescent lamp bulbs. However, they will use less energy over the period of their life.

Mercury Lamp

These bulbs are very energy efficient, last for an incredibly long period of time, and produce high quality and bright light. They’re great for overhead lighting, outdoor lighting, and for use as spotlights in sports complexes or other places.

Click here to learn more about The Mercury Vapor Light Bulb.

Tube Fluorescent Lamp

These bulbs are generally more expensive to buy than those that use a traditional incandescent bulb. However, since they have such a long lifespan, they tend to pay for themselves over time. They do provide a strong source of light, but you can’t dim them. Unfortunately, as they age, they may begin to flicker and will need to be replaced.

Flame-Shaped Bulb

These bulbs are great for use in chandeliers or lamps that have the appearance of candlesticks. This bulb type creates a cozy light source and does well as accent lighting, due to the way they mimic actual flames with their shape. Some can be dimmed, but others can’t, so it’s important to consider if you’ll need to dim the lights. The interesting shape and design adds a lot of complexity to your lighting.

LED Bulb

LED lighting is energy-efficient — expensive to buy, but inexpensive to use. They put out very little heat, are rugged and difficult to break, and have a lower risk of starting a fire. You can’t always dim them, and sometimes they do not produce the same amount or quality of bright white light that incandescent bulbs do but if you’re looking for solid light output then an LED light bulb might be the best way to go.

Dimmer Switch

Dimmer switches are a great way to have more control over the brightness in your home or office. They usually replace the light switch that you already have and can be quickly wired into the wall to give you instant control over the output of light in your home.

Fluorescent Lamp

Fluorescent lighting might not be the most ambient, but it is surely one of the more effective. These bent light bulbs offer the same benefits as fluorescent bulbs or a fluorescent tube in your favorite lamp. They’re a very strong and reliable source of light and will keep your workspace nice and bright so that you can see clearly. Due to their unique shape, they can’t be used in every application but will work perfectly in the right fluorescent lamps.

Spotlight Bulbs

These strong bulbs are generally used in a spotlight by both homeowners and business owners. You can use them to brighten up the space where you work, or to provide accent lighting for rooms and outdoor fixtures.

LED Panel

These lights are ideal if you want constant light without the concern of flickering or accidental dimming. While they can be used in kitchens, they are most often used in offices, retail stores and schools.

Halogen Lamp

These bulbs use less energy than incandescent bulbs, but they are similar because they have a filament in them that is heated until it glows. They don’t contain any mercury and generally last about a year.

Corn Lamp

These bulbs are best for when you need very bright light but want to save money over traditional high wattage bulbs. They are ideal for outdoor lighting as well as for a shop or barn.

Read more about the corn bulb here .


These bulbs work really well for desk lamps, lighting under cabinets and task lighting. They vary in lumens and how long they will last.


Adapters are the best way to help maximize how much lighting you can have in your home without having to install more lights. They are very safe to use and easy to wire and install. Both polarized and non-polarized versions are available for purchase.

Circular Fluorescent Lamp

These bulbs give off the brightness of fluorescent light in an even, circular shape.

Sodium Lamp

These bulbs come in high and low-pressure options. The high-pressure sodium bulbs produce light that is reddish-yellow in color, while low-pressure ones produce a more balanced white light. Sodium in an excited state creates the light in this bulb.

Learn more about the sodium vapor lamp here.


The silver surface on these bulbs works to direct light to a specific area. These are the best bulbs to use if you want to have spotlights installed in your home because they are designed to project light in one direction.

LED Strip Light

Not only will you save money by using LED technology, but you will also be able to enjoy plenty of direct light for the tasks that you are working on. They provide even light distribution thanks to the acrylic lens and can be used in a number of applications, such as parking garages, garden centers, and even loading docks.

Types of Light Bulb Bases

Chart of light bulb basesE10 Mini-Screw

These small bulbs have a base of 10 millimeters and are great for lanterns, flashlights, and decorative optical fiber lights. While the bulb life varies, they will generally last for about one thousand hours.

E11 Mini-Candelabra

The mini-candelabra screw base is a smaller version of the candelabra. The clue is pretty much in the name with this one (see candelabra below).

E12 Candelabra

Having a diameter of 12 millimeters, these types of light bulbs are considered smaller. They are generally used for night-light bulbs but can also be found in some decorative bulbs used over the mirror in your bathroom or in a chandelier.

E14 European

There are a number of light bulbs that you can buy with this base, although it is not nearly as popular as the E26 base. If you need this kind of bulb but can’t find it in a local store, you can either shop online or buy an adapter that will allow you to adapt another bulb to the right size.

E17 Intermediate

This light bulb base is not very common and most often found on much smaller bulbs. You can find this base on bulbs such as the T6, S11, and R12, but you will have to do a lot of searching to find these bulbs. Some common bulbs that use this base are appliance bulbs or desk lamps.

E26 Medium

This is the most common light bulb base that you can buy and is used in HID, CFL, CCFL, halogen, and incandescent light bulbs. Most of the light bulbs that you buy in stores or online are going to have this kind of base.

E27 Medium

A little larger than the common E26 medium base, this bulb base can still be used in most applications. E27 bulb bases are nearly the same as E26.

E39 Mogul

Most residential customers won’t ever need an E39 mogul base. These are commonly used in high-wattage lamps or in street lamps.

E40 Mogul

These bases are generally for use in large outdoor bulbs and spotlights. They are much larger than other bulb bases, which will limit the ways in which you can use them. They won’t fit into regular lamps and lights, so most people must buy an adapter to use this type of bulb.

EX39 Extended Mogul

With a diameter of 39 to 40 millimeters, the bases on these bulbs are very large.

Light Bulb Size Chart

Chart of light bulb sizesA Series

These bulbs are considered the classic bulb shape and are generally used for most lighting purposes in both commercial and residential applications. They are pear-shaped and have a base that is called an Edison screw. You can tell the width of the bulb by looking at the number that follows the “A.” This will be measured in 1/8 inches in North America. The most common “A” series bulbs are A19, which are used in all lamps, and A15, which can be used in ceiling fans and in appliances.

B Series

It’s easy to remember the shape of B series light bulbs when you remember that the “B” stands for “blunt,” as these bulbs are slightly rounded and have just a small tip on the end. They are decorative bulbs and are generally used for chandeliers and other lights.

C-7/F Series

Flame bulbs are very decorative, and while C-7 bulbs take the shape of a candle, they do not have all of the detail that is so common in F series bulbs. Some people prefer bulbs to have the outline of a flame, but if you want more detail in your bulb, then you will need to buy F series bulbs to use in your home. C series bulbs have blunt and bent tip variations.

S Series

S series bulbs are commonly used in outdoor signs. You will see them at theatres, casinos, restaurants, and even hotels.

F Series

The trick for remembering what F series bulbs look like is that “flame” starts with “F” and these bulbs look like a flame. These are used only for decorative indoor lighting since they are unable to stand up to the elements the way that other bulbs are. They aren’t built for bad weather, high humidity, or extreme temperature fluctuations, but they are great for adding a little additional interest to a lamp or chandelier in your home.

G Series

These globe-shaped bulbs vary widely in size, from the smaller G-25 to the much larger G-40. You can find some floodlights that are in the G series, which makes for a very attractive appearance in your yard. However, you will most likely want to use them as ornamental lighting. They look great in bathrooms around the mirror or around a vanity mirror in the bedroom. No matter where you use them, they will add some drama and flair to the area.

R Series

R series light bulbs are used in track lighting as well as recessed lighting. Due to their shape, they do a great job at helping direct the light forward so that it is not lost through the sides of the bulb. This will allow homeowners and business owners to use these lights to have a little more impact or effect in their home or store. They’re great for drawing attention to something that you want to show others.

MR Series

These lights, while they come in a wide variety of sizes, are used only in track lighting or accent lighting. The size of bulb that you get will depend on what kind of track lighting you have and how much light you want to get out of your bulb. They can be used in both commercial and residential applications.


These bulbs are tubular and have a single contact on them. They can be used in many different ways, including for lighting in boats, in medicine cabinets, and in bathroom fixtures. While some are made of glass, it is possible to find others made from more flexible plastic. Depending on your unique needs, this may be something that you are interested in.

Tungsten Halogen Double Ended

These straight tube bulbs are used in desk and wall lamps and sometimes for landscaping lighting. The type of bulb that you buy will determine what kind of light it emits as well as if it is rated for outdoor use, indoor use, or both.


Pear-straight bulbs are longer than regular P series bulbs and have a greater diameter than A series bulbs. They have a number of indoor and outdoor uses and provide great ambient lighting. While they can be used outdoors, they are generally used for ceiling fixtures, portable lamps, wall-mounted fixtures, vanities, and even commercial applications. Outside, they are generally used for security, to light power lines, in radio towers, and even to show high tension wires.

AR Series

Low-voltage halogen light bulbs are specifically designed to give out low-voltage lighting for landscaping. You can opt for different beam angles, including wide, narrow, and very wide, allowing you to focus the light as much or as little as you would like. They work great as spotlights, well lights, and flood lights.

ALR Series

Aluminum reflector bulbs have a very large top with a small base, allowing them to easily project a lot of light forward, making them ideal for spotlights and floodlights. They can generally be used in both residential and commercial applications and do a great job keeping the outside of a home or garden lit up during the night when you want more security. Different bulbs will have varying amounts of lumens and will last for differing amounts of time, making it important to research the bulb before you buy it, so you can be sure that you’re getting the best option for your use.

BR Series

Bulk reflector lights have been coated with a silver lining to ensure that all of the light that the bulb produces is directed toward one direction and doesn’t spread out. This makes them ideal for showcasing something in a garden or for providing a lot of light from a flood lamp. They are used as a substitution for incandescent R lamps and were created following a mandate that said reflector bulbs need to be more efficient. The change in the neck of the bulb helps to redirect light that would otherwise be lost and use it to increase the lumen output.

T series

There are two main kinds of T series bulbs. Incandescent and fluorescent bulbs can easily be bought online or in local big box stores, but how they are used is completely different from one another. Fluorescent T series bulbs are used in hospitals, parking garages, retail outlets, and offices and can be up to eight feet in length. Incandescent T series bulbs are used for appliance and showcase lighting, as well as stairway and exit signs.


These three series light bulbs are often more decorative than other choices that you can buy on the market, but that does not limit how well that they work. The RP series bulbs are the smallest of these decorative bulbs and can’t be used in larger sockets such as in lamps or other lighting. They have to be used in much smaller sockets such as a nightlight or chandelier, while the MB and BT series bulbs are typically larger and have larger bases to fit into average sockets. These bulbs function exactly the way that other light bulbs do and are a great way to add a little extra interest to your lighting by updating and changing the appearance of the bulb itself.

PAR Series

Sealed-beam bulbs are permanently sealed together and have at least one filament and a parabolic reflector. They were originally created to be used for headlamps in cars, trucks, and vans, although they now have more use than originally intended. These bulbs are expressed in 1/8 inches and come in a number of different sizes and voltage ratings. When the bulb breaks, the whole thing must be replaced due to its design. However, their hard shell is made of tough glass that can easily withstand damage. In addition to being used in headlights for vehicles, sealed-beam bulbs are becoming more and more common for aircraft, lighthouses, and even stage lighting. The beam spread on these lights will be stamped on the bulb itself and can be VNSP (very narrow spot), NSP (narrow spot), SP (spot), and FL (flood).

BT Series

Bulged tube lightbulbs have a few applications — including canopy lighting, sports arenas, industrial applications and car dealerships. They not only produce a lot of high quality light, but are also very reliable. They can be used as a replacement for incandescent bulbs.

E Series

Ellipsoidal bulbs come in a variety of sizes, but their shapes all remain relatively the same. There can be shorter, fatter E series bulbs as well as ones that are much longer and skinnier. The shape and size of the bulb that you buy will vary depending on the application.

ED Series

Ellipsoidal dimple bulbs are very similar to E series bulbs and come in a number of the same sizes, although they are generally a bit larger and sometimes longer than E series bulbs. They do have a dimple on the end of them and their base is usually different. Their shape is used to house their special arc tube, and they are often used in car dealerships, industrial lighting, sports arenas and parking garages.

Best Type of Light Bulbs for Various Purposes


Crystal chandelier with warm lighting.

These decorative and often elaborate lights use several light bulbs. The most common are incandescent, which appear as soft, white light. These are less energy-efficient than other bulbs, but they give off a warm glow that provides ideal lighting for setting a romantic or luxurious ambiance.

LED bulbs are also becoming increasingly popular in chandeliers, as they last much longer than incandescent bulbs and use less energy.


Car with black and white headlights.

Your car uses various light bulbs, from the headlights to the tail lights and everything in between. The most common type of light bulb used in vehicles is the halogen bulb. Halogen bulbs are very bright and give off an intense, white light. They’re also energy efficient.

Another typical light bulb in cars, trucks, and SUVs is an LED. These emit a bright, white light ideal for driving at night or in other low-light conditions. Not only do LED headlights provide a more traditional look, but they also offer better illumination and last far longer than halogen bulbs.

In addition, these use less power, which can help reduce the strain on your car’s battery.

Ceiling Fans

Vintage ceiling fan with lamps

Most ceiling fans use incandescent bulbs, which give off a warm, soft light. These are not as energy efficient as other bulbs, but they provide enough light for most rooms. LED bulbs are also becoming increasingly popular in ceiling fans, as they last much longer than incandescent bulbs and use less energy.

Recessed Lighting

Recessed halogen lamps with warm lighting

Recessed lighting is typically used to provide accent lighting or task lighting in a room. LEDs are small, lightweight, and use a shatter-resistant case. The halogen bulb is the most common type of light bulb used in recessed lighting.

These emit a bright white light perfect for illuminating a specific area. Recessed lights with LEDs are also getting increasingly popular, as they last far longer than halogen bulbs while consuming less power.

Bathroom Lighting

Bright bathroom with fluorescent light.

Several options are available for bathroom lighting, depending on the desired look and function. Incandescent bulbs are popular for providing soft, ambient lighting in a bathroom. These give off a warm light perfect for relaxing in the tub or getting ready for the day.

Fluorescent bulbs are also commonly used in bathrooms, providing bright, even lighting that is perfect for applying makeup or shaving. These bulbs are more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs, but they often have a bluish tint that some people find unflattering.

Living Room Lighting

Living room with recessed ceiling lights, a drum pendant, and coved lighting.

The incandescent bulb is the most common type of light bulb used in living room lighting. Because they last longer and require less energy, compact fluorescents are becoming more popular for living room lighting. These offer a warm, soft light that is excellent for creating a cozy atmosphere.

Kitchen Lighting

Kitchen with warm recessed ceiling lights and chrome pendants.

There are two purposes to kitchen lighting — general illumination and task lighting. For general illumination, fluorescent bulbs are popular because they provide bright, even lighting. These are more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs, but they often have a bluish tint that some people find unflattering.

For task lighting, such as under-cabinet lighting, halogen bulbs are popular. These emit a bright white light perfect for illuminating food prep areas.

Home Office Lighting

Home office with traditional sconces and recessed ceiling lights.

For your office, you want a light bulb that will provide plenty of light for working but that won’t be too harsh on your eyes. Compact fluorescent is a common type of lightbulb used for home office lighting. These give off a bright white light that is perfect for working. LEDs are becoming increasingly popular in home offices for less heat and a long lifespan.

Garage Lighting

Garage illuminated by modern, linear lamps.

The fluorescent bulb is the most common type of light bulb used in garage lighting. These emit a bright, white light that is perfect for task lighting. LEDs are becoming increasingly popular for garage lighting.

These have a lifespan of at least five years and consume considerably less energy. This duration is ideal because no one thinks of changing garage lights, which are often challenging to reach.


Bedroom with cozy, warm lights.

You want a relaxing, calming atmosphere in your bedroom, so the type of light bulb you choose is essential. The most common type of light bulb used in bedrooms is the incandescent bulb. These give off a warm, soft light that is perfect for relaxing. Compact fluorescents are becoming more popular for bedrooms, as they last longer and require less energy.


Shower with bright, white light.

You want a light bulb that can withstand high temperatures and humidity for showers. The most common type of light bulb used in showers is the incandescent bulb. These are resistant to moisture and heat, making them ideal for use in the shower. Halogen bulbs are also a good choice for showers, as they emit a bright white light that is perfect for task lighting.


Open oven in the kitchen.

Ovens require a light bulb that can withstand high temperatures. The most common type of light bulb used in ovens is the incandescent bulb. These are resistant to moisture and heat, making them ideal for the oven. Halogen bulbs are also a good choice for ovens, as they emit a bright white light that is perfect for task lighting.


Open fridge filled with veggies and drinks.

The most common type of light bulb used in fridges is the LED bulb. You want a bright refrigerator light that doesn’t generate too much heat. LEDs save you time and money between a long lifespan and low-energy consumption.

Reading Lights

Woman reading book on the couch.

When choosing a reading light, you want a bulb that emits a soft, diffused light. The most common type of light bulb used in reading lights is the incandescent bulb. These emit a warm, soft light that is perfect for reading. Compact fluorescents are becoming more popular for reading lights, as they last longer and require less energy.


Vanity mirror surrounded with lights.

You need the right light bulb in your vanity to see clearly while doing your makeup or hair. The most common type of light bulb used in vanities is the incandescent bulb. These emit a warm, soft light that is perfect for creating a relaxing atmosphere. LED bulbs are becoming more popular for vanity lighting due to their long lifespan and low-energy consumption.

Home Exterior Lighting

Contemporary home with modern outdoor lights.

For your home exterior, you want a bright and durable light. The halogen bulb is the most common type of light bulb used in home exterior lighting. These emit a bright white light that is perfect for task lighting. But LEDs are popping up everywhere for outdoor lighting because they last much longer and use less energy.

Garden Lights

Backyard garden with warm garden lights.

Garden lighting serves two purposes — to show off your beautiful yard at night and to keep intruders away. The most common type of light bulb used in garden lights is LED. These last a long time and use very little energy, making them ideal for garden lights. Halogen bulbs are also a good choice for garden lights, as they emit a bright white light that is perfect for task lighting.

Top Brands for LED Bulbs


Philips LED Dimmable R20 Soft White Light Bulb with Warm Glow Effect 450-Lumen, 2700-2200-Kelvin, 6-Watt (45-Watt Equivalent), E26 Base, Frosted, 6-Pack

Philips is a well-established and trusted brand of lighting technology, founded in 1891. In 2018, the Dutch-based company changed its name to Signify but still sells professional and consumer lighting products as Philips.

They produce a wide range of energy efficient, environmentally friendly LED lamps and tubes for homes, educational institutions, retail stores and workplaces. 

General Electric (GE)

GE Refresh LED Light Bulbs, 10 Watts (60 Watt Equivalent) Daylight HD Light, Medium Base, Dimmable (4 Pack)

General Electric Company (GE) was established in the 1890s in New York. The large multinational corporation has its headquarters in Boston.

 GE’s LED bulbs are made available in five different series: Cync Smart Home Lighting (as part of a smart home ecosystem), HD Light (tonal variations for different spaces), LED Grow Lights (for indoor plants), LED+ (with extra indoor and outdoor features) and Vintage-Style LED (new technology with a traditional vibe).

Cree Lighting 

Cree Lighting A19 100W Equivalent LED Bulb, 1600 lumens, Dimmable, Daylight 5000K, 25,000 Hour Rated Life, 90+ CRI | 1-Pack, White - TA19-16050MDFH25-12DE26-1-11

Headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin (with six locations globally), Cree Lighting is a well-known pioneer in the area of LED lighting. For nearly four decades, Cree Lighting has offered the latest generation of LED bulbs across a portfolio with over two dozen LED products.

Cree Lighting was among the first to bring LED lighting to the mass consumer market.


LIFX was one of the first smart lighting companies to connect with Google Nest. From a few initial products they’ve expanded to include features such as LIFX Clean, which emits HEV wavelengths to eliminate bacteria in your home and LIFX Nightvision, which “can be set to emit infrared wavelengths that boost your security camera’s ability to see in the dark.”

In August 2022, Feit Electric acquired LIFX assets, bringing the company out of receivership and promising new products will appear in 2023.

Top Brands for Smart Light Bulbs

Wyze Labs, Inc.

Wyze Bulb 800 Lumen A19 LED Smart Home Light Bulb, Adjustable White Temperature and Brightness, Works with Alexa and The Google Assistant, No Hub Required, 4-Pack & Smart Home Plug, Two-Pack, White

Wyze Labs began as a small start-up created by four former Amazon employees. Incorporated in 2017, the company specializes in wireless and smart home products — including intuitive smart bulbs. One of their top selling items is the Wyze smart color bulb which makes 16 million colors available through their app as well as custom lighting preset scheduling.

Time Magazine recognized Wyze Labs as one of the 100 most influential businesses in the US in 2022 noting, “Wyze’s 6 million users control more than 15 million devices, and the company’s lineup regularly beats more expensive rivals for industry awards.”


Sengled, headquartered in Georgia, is an award-winning smart lighting innovator with 1,000 global patents to its name.

Their smart lighting technology keeps the company on the cutting edge of the industry, with Sengled winning the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Innovation Award multiple times.

Sengled smart lighting products offer connectivity through three different options: Bluetooth Mesh, Wi-Fi or Zigbee.


Govee Smart LED Bulbs, Bluetooth Light Bulbs, RGBWW Color Changing Light Bulbs with App Control, A19, E26, Music Sync and 8 Scene Mode for Living Room Bedroom Party, 1 Pack (Not Support WiFi/Alexa)

Founded in 2017, Govee has more than 11 million app users registered in its smart home ecosystem.

Govee was an IF Product Design Award Winner in 2021, offering smart lighting that is both colorful and customizable for an added personal touch. Their top selling items include a DreamView TV Backlight, Corner Floor Lamp and Outdoor LED Strip Lights.


Ring A19 Smart LED Bulb, White (Bridge required)

Ring operates as a smart home company specializing in security. Owned by Amazon, their LED smart bulbs are compatible with traditional light sockets in indoor and outdoor fixtures.

Ring’s lighting options, which include solar-powered lighting, can be controlled from the Ring App on your smartphone. Their smart bulbs can be integrated with other smart products, including security cameras, video doorbells, etc.


Yeelight Smart LED Light Bulb,16 Million Colors E26 10W 110V RGB Dimmable 800lm Wi-Fi Bulbs, Compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant (Multi-Colored)

Smart lighting brand Yeelight ships its products to over 200 countries. The brand works with various virtual assistant technologies, including Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings and Apple HomeKit.

Their best selling products include a Rechargeable LRD Monitor Light Bar, a customized Lightstrip with 16 million colors, and a Motion Sensor Closet Light.

Where to Buy

A man trying to purchase a light bulb.

Buying lightbulbs online can be easy and convenient. You can find a variety of online retailers that sell lightbulbs, including Energy Star certified bulbs. Buying in bulk is also an option at many of these stores, which can help you save money. has specialized in selling lightbulbs since 1951. They offer a wide variety of lightbulbs, including LED, fluorescent, HID, and incandescent. They also offer a wide variety of lighting accessories, such as ballasts, fixtures and sockets.

Whether you’re looking for a specific type of bulb or just need some general lighting advice, they have the right solutions. 

1000bulbs is the one-stop shop for light bulbs of all shapes, sizes, and types. They carry LED bulbs, fluorescent bulbs, metal halide bulbs, incandescent bulbs, and more from brands like Philips Lighting, GE Lighting, Sylvania, Osram, and more. Plus, they have a wide selection of accessories to choose from, such as ballasts, fixtures and sockets.

Lighting Supply Superstore

Lighting Supply carries a wide range of light bulbs and lighting accessories. They offer energy-saving LED bulbs, metal halide bulbs, high pressure sodium bulbs and incandescent bulbs.

There is both indoor and outdoor lighting available, as well as a wide variety of lighting accessories. has been in business since 2002 and is a leading online lighting retailer. Their specialty is a large selection of lightbulbs to choose from.

They offer a wide selection of light bulbs, including LED, CFL, HID and incandescent. Plus, they have a wide variety of lighting accessories to choose from, such as ballasts, fixtures and sockets.

Guide to Buying Lightbulbs Online

A woman checking on a lightbulb on a store.

Not sure where to start when it comes to buying lightbulbs online? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Decide what type of light bulb you need. There are many different types of light bulbs available, so it’s important to know which one you need for your specific application.
  2. Compare prices and reviews. Once you’ve decided on the type of light bulb you need, take some time to compare prices and reviews from different retailers. This will help you find the best deal on the product.
  3. Consider shipping costs. When buying light bulbs online, be sure to factor in shipping costs when comparing prices. Some retailers offer free shipping, while others charge a fee.
  4. Know the return policy. In case you need to return or exchange your light bulbs, it’s important to know the return policy of the retailer you’re buying from. Be sure to read the fine print before making your purchase.

Benefits of Buying Light Bulbs Online

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There are many benefits to buying light bulbs online, including:

  1. You can shop for light bulbs from the comfort of your own home and have them delivered right to your door.
  2. Wide selection. When you shop online, you’ll have access to a wide variety of light bulbs to choose from. This gives you the ability to find the perfect product for your needs.
  3. Competitive prices. because there is so much competition online, retailers are often willing to offer competitive prices on their products. This can save you money on your purchase.
  4. Free shipping. Many online retailers offer free shipping on orders over a certain amount. This can save you even more money on your purchase.
  5. No crowds. When you shop online, you won’t have to deal with crowds of people. This can save you time and frustration.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do incandescent bulbs last?

Usually, an incandescent light bulb will work for between 750 hours and 2,000 hours, but these estimates are under perfect laboratory conditions and may not reflect the lifespan of a household bulb. Under normal conditions, the filaments inside the bulb simply wear out and the light bulb will no longer function. Factors that adversely affect the longevity of an incandescent light bulb include heat, power outages, electrical surges, and the number of times it’s turned on and off. The most important factor, however, is the quality of the filament. A cheap, thin filament won’t last as long as an incandescent bulb that has a sturdier filament.

How long do LED bulbs last?

Under normal usage, the lifespan of an LED bulb can be as many as 50,000 hours. This can be more than 50 times longer than its incandescent equivalent, which means that if used for eight hours each day, an LED bulb can last as long as 17 years. If used for 12 hours each day, it can last up to 11 years. Advantages of LED bulbs over incandescent bulbs include lower energy use, so it will cost significantly less to operate an LED bulb. They also produce less heat than incandescent bulbs and can be used in most applications where an incandescent would be used. They don’t emit infrared or ultraviolet light and contain no mercury. They can be used for applications up to 100 watts, but quality varies, so a more expensive bulb will last longer than a less expensive bulb.

Can light bulbs be recycled? If so, where?

The older, incandescent light bulbs can’t be recycled. Energy-efficient light bulbs are a type of fluorescent light and should be recycled at a recycling center; you shouldn’t dispose of them in your trash. Some stores have recycling centers for light bulbs.

LED bulbs contain no hazardous waste, so they can be disposed of in your trash, but they are made of materials that can be recycled, so for a green approach, take your LED bulbs to a recycling center that specializes in consumer electronics recycling.

Halogen lights can be disposed of in your trash because they contain no hazardous materials. Although they’re recyclable, they require a specialized process and not all recycling centers accept them.

CFL and fluorescent bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, so they should be disposed of at a recycling center that accepts them.

Can light bulbs expire?

Incandescent bulbs have no expiration date. As long as the filament is intact, they should work. CFL bulbs don’t have a shelf life as long as they’re intact. If they break, however, you need a hazardous waste method of disposal since CFL bulbs contain mercury, which has been shown to cause health problems. LED bulbs have no expiration date, as long as they’re intact they should work.

Light bulbs, regardless of their classification, should be stored in a dry place that’s safe. Broken bulbs of any type won’t work, so maintaining their structural integrity is the key issue in their longevity.

Which light bulbs work with Google Nest?

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance bulbs are compatible with Google Nest, as are LIFX bulbs, both of which are available at most home improvement stores. Various brightnesses are available, as are bulbs specifically designed for outdoor use.

Which light bulbs work with Alexa?

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance bulbs are designed to work with Alexa, as are LIFX and Cree Connected bulbs, both of which are available at most home improvement stores. Various brightnesses are available, as are bulbs specifically designed for outdoor use. Greeni PRISMA, Sylvania SMART+, and Sengled bulbs for special applications are also compatible with Alexa.

Which light bulbs work with Hive?

Any type of light bulb that works with Google Nest or Alexa will work with Hive. Both systems are compatible with Hive, they simply need to be linked via the dashboard.

Which types of light bulbs contain mercury?

Fluorescent bulbs, including CFL bulbs, contain mercury, as do metal or ceramic halide bulbs, mercury vapor bulbs, neon, and high-pressure sodium bulbs.

Why do some light bulbs buzz? Which types are known for this?

Buzzing in light bulbs is caused by an interruption in the current. This causes the filament in the bulb to vibrate, and this causes the buzzing sound. Incandescent bulbs are the most prone to buzzing because they have a filament. Replacing an incandescent bulb with one that has no filament should eliminate the problem.

What are smart light bulbs?

Smart bulbs are LED bulbs that can connect to the internet in order to be controlled remotely. They have a lifespan of between 15 and 25 years because of their LED technology, but they won’t last quite as long as an LED bulb that isn’t equipped with the smart technology.

When were light bulbs invented?

The first patent for a lightbulb was filed in 1879 by Thomas Edison. The components for the final product, however, were used as a battery as far back as 1800 in Italy.

What light bulbs are the brightest?

LED light bulbs are considered to be the brightest. They are twenty times brighter than incandescent bulbs and can last twice as long.

Can you throw away light bulbs?

Halogen bulbs and incandescent bulbs are safe to throw away. Any other type of light bulb needs to be taken to a site specifically for disposal as they contain mercury or other hazardous chemicals.

Why do light bulbs flicker?

Light bulbs can flicker for a number of reasons and often this occurs when the bulb is getting old. Most often, the cause is the filament inside the bulb wearing out but flickering can also be caused by a poor connection or faulty fixture. Using the improper voltage in a socket can also cause a flickering issue. Lastly, if many bulbs are flickering, it could be a wiring issue.

What to do with old light bulbs? Does goodwill take light bulbs?

Goodwill only accepts lightbulbs that are new and still in their original package, but there are other places, such as animal shelters that will welcome bulbs that still work. For bulbs that no longer work, you can either toss them or use them in craft projects. Most light bulbs are not recyclable.

How do smart light bulbs work?

Smart bulbs have a wireless connector incorporated into their design. You only need to plug them into a regular light socket that has been hooked up to your phone with a special smart connection. There is an internet hub that connects all the bulbs in your home so they can be controlled from your phone.

Can you paint light bulbs?

Yes, you can paint both working and burnt-out light bulbs, although the type of paint you use is a bit different for each. For bulbs you plan on using in sockets, you will need to use non-water-based glass paint. For bulbs used in craft projects, your options are much wider.

Why do light bulbs burn out? Why do light bulbs explode?

The most common reason light bulbs burn out is because of the filament inside thins over time. Trouble with excessive energy surges can also be a problem. Power surges are also a big cause of causing a light bulb to explode. As energy travels through the filament, it becomes hot. When there is a power surge, the filament becomes overheated, and the surrounding glass does also. The combination can cause the filament to explode and break the exterior glass.

Do light bulbs help plants grow?

Light bulbs are one factor that can help plants grow. It is important to know the type of plant you are working with and to provide other things besides its light needs. There are special light bulbs that mimic sunlight, but even a regular light bulb can be beneficial.

Can you bring light bulbs on a plane?

Yes, light bulbs are allowed to be brought onto a plane. Just make sure you pack them securely to keep them from being broken.

Can I use dimmable light bulbs without a dimmer?

The good news is, yes, you can use dimmable light bulbs without a dimmer. Granted, they won’t be adjustable, but they will give off light.

Which light bulbs save energy?

Both LED light bulbs and CFL light bulbs save energy over traditional light bulbs. Of the two, LED bulbs last longer and cost less over time.

What kind of light bulbs should I use for photography?

LED light bulbs are becoming a favorite among photographers. These bulbs are often cheaper, last longer, and have a clearer beam than other bulbs. They also don’t get hot, which is a huge plus when photographing over a long period or up close.

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