Hello, my name is Lorena and I have been researching the different types of lighting available for our vintage trailer that we are renovating.
First I will talk about Incandescent light bulbs, which produce light using a filament wire which is heated to a high temperature by an electric current passing through it, until the bulb glows. Incandescent light bulbs are made in a wide range of light output, sizes and voltage ratings which can go from 1.5 volts to 300 volts. The cost to operate the bulb per year is about $328.59, the bulb overall uses 60 watts and it’s lifespan is 1,200 hours. Now that may seem a lot of hours but if you were to keep the light bulb on for a whole day, day after day it would only last 50 days, which means you would have to buy a lot more of them in a faster time.
Another type of lighting option was CFL, or in other words known as Compact Fluorescent Light. These lamps use a curved or folded tube, which is fit into the space of an incandescent bulb. The bad thing about CFL’s is that they contain Mercury, therefore they are harder to dispose of than incandescent bulbs, but they do save more energy. Compact Florescent Light bulb’s average operating cost is $76.65 per year, which is about 4 times less than incandescent lighting. CFL bulbs use 13-15 watts of energy per bulb and each bulb last 8,000 hours, which is about 333 days.
Finally the last option of lighting for our vintage trailer if LED bulbs, which stands for light-emitting diodes. They offer long service life, specifically 50,000 hours which is about 2,083 days also these bulbs are high energy efficient. The bad thing about LED bulbs is that they cost more to buy than Incandescent and CFL bulbs. Some LED lamps are made with standard bases so they are easily exchangeable with a incandescent bulbs. Diodes use direct current, or DC electrical power to give it the energy to light up, but they can still be used from standard AC power. Since LED’s are damaged when its temperature is too high they include heat dissipation elements such as heat sinks and cooling fins withing the bulb. The cost to operate an LED bulb per year is $32.85, and they use only 6-8 watts per bulb, which in comparison is a lot less than incandescent bulbs and CFL.
Since LED bulbs require less energy and overall are more energy efficient this would be the best lighting to use for our trailer inside and out. We would save money by not having to buy a bulb like every 3 months, but instead keeping them for maybe even a year. Not only that but these bulbs could even help the environment, because not as many bulbs are being disposed of therefore they aren’t going into the landfills, which cause lots of pollution in the world.