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Incandescent sources in residential design: Yay or Nay?

Although LED and more energy efficient sources are on the rise, incandescents are still commonly used in home lighting applications. If you’re planning a remodel or a lighting upgrade, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of going with incandescent lamps. Here’s a few to start the conversation.

Fresnel by Progress Lighting
Fresnel pendants are available in both incandescent and LED options.

Pros:

  • Low initial cost (note: high on the maintenance side)
  • High color rendering index (CRI – or your ability to render colors accurately)
  • Instant on
  • No ballast
  • Available in a multitude of sizes, shapes, bases and wattages
  • Easy dimming capabilities
  • Wattage interchangeability

Cons:

  • Very low efficacy (lumens per watt)
  • High infrared outlet (heat production)
  • Short life (frequent bulb changes)
  • Voltage sensitivity
  • Environmental impact

Have you considered the switch to more efficient sources?