Top Light Bulbs

Whether you’ve stepped foot along a busy street at night, watched cars pass outside your window, or simply opened the fridge to look for something to eat at 3 am, you’re sure to have come into contact with a light bulb at some point in your day to day life.

In technical terms, a light bulb is an invention that produces light when connected to a powering circuit. This can include a wide range of lights from the fluorescent lights of school hallways to the halogen lights in the front of your SUV. But how well do you know the ins and outs of what makes up these amazing pieces of technology we take for granted?

Best Light Bulbs For The Money

Here are some of the better examples of light bulbs available to buy:

SaleBestseller No. 1
SYLVANIA 60W Equivalent, LED Light Bulb, A19 Lamp, Efficient 8.5W, Soft White 2700K, 24 Pack
807 Reviews
SYLVANIA 60W Equivalent, LED Light Bulb, A19 Lamp, Efficient 8.5W, Soft White 2700K, 24 Pack
  • These LED lamps make an energy-efficient replacement and substitute for standard 60 watt incandescent lamps. At 8.5 watts, each bulb emits the bright light output of 800 lumens
  • These bulbs are a great energy-saving replacement for old incandescent bulbs because each lamp has a total lifespan of up to 11, 000 hours. You won't need to constantly change your lightbulbs anymore
  • These LED lightbulbs require less energy and can save money on your energy bill. Each soft white light bulb works as a great replacement for old 60W incandescent bulbs
  • These LED light bulbs have a Color temperature of 2700 kelvin, which produces a soft white Color. This bulb is perfect for your nightstand, living room, or dining room
SaleBestseller No. 2
Philips Hue White A19 4-Pack 60W Equivalent Dimmable LED Smart Bulb (4 A19 60W White Bulbs Compatible with Amazon Alexa Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant)
1,018 Reviews
Philips Hue White A19 4-Pack 60W Equivalent Dimmable LED Smart Bulb (4 A19 60W White Bulbs Compatible with Amazon Alexa Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant)
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (hub required, Alexa device and hub sold separately)
  • Add additional Smart light points to your home and expand your Philips Hue ecosystem with this 4-bulb White Smart Bulb pack. Requires the Philips Hue hub for full experience, sold separately
  • Turn lights on/off, dim to the desired level and set up schedules from wherever you have WiFi connection using the Philips Hue App (iOS and Android). Control your Philips Hue lights with your voice using Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant
  • To install, simply screw the smart bulbs into your desired light location, download the Hue mobile app and pair your Hue Hub (sold separately). Control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead lights via the Philips Hue App
  • Connect the bulbs directly to your other Smart Home Devices like Amazon Echo Plus, Nest, or SmartThings systems. Easily expand your lighting system with accessories (sold separately), such as a Hue Dimmer Switch, Hue Tap, or Hue Motion Sensor
Bestseller No. 3
SYLVANIA 74768 Smart (Formerly LIGHTIFY)) On/Off/On/Off/Dim LED Light Bulb, 60W Equivalent A19, 10 Year, Works with Amazon Alexa, SmartThings and Wink (4 Pack) Soft White 4 Piece
553 Reviews
SYLVANIA 74768 Smart (Formerly LIGHTIFY)) On/Off/On/Off/Dim LED Light Bulb, 60W Equivalent A19, 10 Year, Works with Amazon Alexa, SmartThings and Wink (4 Pack) Soft White 4 Piece
  • A compatible ZigBee hub is required to control these light bulbs. Pair your smart bulbs to a compatible ZigBee hub such as SmartThings, Wink, or Amazon Echo Plus.
  • Enjoy soft white color at 2700K and dimming capabilities right from your smartphone. Dim the lights before bedtime or increase the brightness to keep a well-lit house at night.
  • Integrate voice control by pairing an Amazon Echo or Google Home smart speaker to your compatible ZigBee hub. Enjoy the benefits of hands free lighting control by asking to turn the lights on and off, dim, and more.
  • Ideal for your favorite ceiling fan lights, floor lamps, table lamps, pendant lights, and more throughout your home.
  • Whether you forgot to turn a light off or want to turn your lights on before you come home from work, you can monitor your lights right from your smartphone and create schedules and automations to fit your daily routines.
SaleBestseller No. 4
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 60W Equivalent Dimmable LED Smart Bulb (1 Bulb Compatible with Amazon Alexa Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant)
721 Reviews
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 60W Equivalent Dimmable LED Smart Bulb (1 Bulb Compatible with Amazon Alexa Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant)
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (hub required, Alexa device and hub sold separately)
  • Choose from 16 million colors to instantly change the look and atmosphere of your room or control your lights with your Voice device. Requiring the Hue hub (sold separately) for the full Hue experience
  • Voice control: Control your Philips Hue lights with your voice using Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant. Pair it for home automation with your existing Nest or Samsung SmartThings system
  • To install, simply screw in the smart bulbs into your desired light location, download the Hue mobile app and pair your Hue Hub. Control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead lights via the Philips Hue App. Ideal for your favorite ceiling fan lights, floor lamps, table lamps, pendant lights, and more throughout your home
  • Easily expand your lighting system with accessories (sold separately), such as a Hue Dimmer Switch, Hue Tap, or Hue Motion Sensor
SaleBestseller No. 5
4 Pack 25WLITE 25 Watt Replacement light Bulb for Authentic Scentsy Full-Size Warmer
330 Reviews
4 Pack 25WLITE 25 Watt Replacement light Bulb for Authentic Scentsy Full-Size Warmer
  • For use in Large/Full Size Authentic Scentsy candle warmers. Replaces KE-25WLITE.
  • Designed to melt scented candle wax without over heating or under heating scented candlewax.
  • Perfect replacement for use in Pink Zebra's Simmering Lights line of scented candle warmers.
  • Length is 3.0" (in) Diameter is 2.06"(in)
  • 1,500 Hours, 3200K, 180 Lumens, Candelabra (E12) Base
Bestseller No. 6
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 60W Equivalent LED Smart Light Bulb Starter Kit, 2 A19 Bulbs and 1 Bridge, Works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant
891 Reviews
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 60W Equivalent LED Smart Light Bulb Starter Kit, 2 A19 Bulbs and 1 Bridge, Works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant
  • Choose from 16 million colors and shades of white to instantly change the look and atmosphere of your room. Control remotely with your smartphone or tablet, create custom scenes and unleash your creativity
  • Voice control: control your Philips hue lights with your voice using Alexa, Apple homekit, or Google assistant. Pair it for home automation with your existing Nest or Samsung SmartThings system
  • Lifetime: 25, 000 hours or 23 years with normal use. To install, simply screw in the smart bulbs into your desired light location, download the hue mobile app and pair your hue bridge. Control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead lights via the Philips hue app. Ideal for your favorite Ceiling Fan lights, floor lamps, table lamps, Pendant lights, and more throughout your home
  • Easily expand your Lighting system with accessories (sold separately), such as a hue dimmer switch, hue tap, or hue motion sensor
  • Comes with 2 Philips hue white and Color ambiance a19 60W energy Star certified LED smart bulbs (able to fit most lamps, overhead lights, and 4-inch recessed cans), Philips hue hub and three-year warranty
SaleBestseller No. 7
Sylvania Home Lighting 74766 60W Equivalent, LED Bulb, A19 Lamp, Efficient 8.5W, Bright White 5000K, 24 Pack, Piece
760 Reviews
Sylvania Home Lighting 74766 60W Equivalent, LED Bulb, A19 Lamp, Efficient 8.5W, Bright White 5000K, 24 Pack, Piece
  • These LED lamps make an energy-efficient replacement and substitute for standard 60 watt incandescent lamps. At 8.5 watts, each bulb emits the bright light output of 800 lumens
  • These bulbs are a great energy-saving replacement for old incandescent bulbs because each lamp has a total lifespan of up to 11, 000 hours. You won't need to constantly change your lightbulbs anymore
  • These LED lightbulbs require less energy and can save money on your energy bill. Each bright white light bulb works as a great replacement for old 60W incandescent bulbs
  • These LED light bulbs have a Color temperature of 5000 kelvin, which produces a bright white Color
  • This bulb is not dimmable.
SaleBestseller No. 8
Phillips LED Dimmable A19 Light Bulb with Warm Glow Effect 800-Lumen, 2200-2700 Kelvin, 9.5-Watt (60-Watt Equivalent), E26 Base, Frosted, Soft White, 4-Pack
335 Reviews
Phillips LED Dimmable A19 Light Bulb with Warm Glow Effect 800-Lumen, 2200-2700 Kelvin, 9.5-Watt (60-Watt Equivalent), E26 Base, Frosted, Soft White, 4-Pack
  • Philips A19 LED light bulbs with Warm Glow Effect provide 800 lumens of soft white light, equivalent to 60-Watt incandescents. These bulbs fit standard medium base (E26) fixtures with the look and feel of a classic bulb. Not for use with Philips HUE products.
  • Warm Glow dimming offers flicker-free, silent dimming that works with more dimmer switches than any other LED on the market. The more you dim, the warmer the light--from 2200- to 2700-kelvin just like traditional incandescent light bulbs.
  • These best-in-class, Energy Star Certified Philips LEDs provide steady, natural lighting at 1/4 of the energy of incandescents, 1/2 the energy of halogens and with 10X and 4X the lifespan respectively. Philips LEDs are mercury-free so they don't contribute to harmful hazardous waste.
  • A19 soft white light bulbs are perfect anywhere you need a balance of clarity and warmth with the flexibility of dimming in an slightly smaller bulb. The E26 medium base fits standard fixtures on pendant, vanity, and bare lamps.
  • This 4-pack of A19 LEDs is expected to deliver a lifetime of up to 15,000 hours and over 20 years based on standard usage of three hours per day, saving you the cost and hassle of frequent bulb replacement.
SaleBestseller No. 9
GE Lighting Crystal Clear 24782 40-Watt, 370/280-Lumen Bent Tip Light Bulb with Candelabra Base, 12-Pack
368 Reviews
GE Lighting Crystal Clear 24782 40-Watt, 370/280-Lumen Bent Tip Light Bulb with Candelabra Base, 12-Pack
  • GE Lighting Crystal Clear 24782 Bent Tip candle with candelabra base for use in chandeliers and sconces
  • Uses 40-watts
  • 370/280 lumens providing subtle, reassuring light
  • Lasts 1.4/3.6 years based on 3 hours per day usage
  • Estimated yearly energy costs $4.82/$4.33 based on 3 hours per day $0.11 per kWh
Bestseller No. 10
Brightown Clear Globe G40 Screw Base Light Bulbs, 1.5-Inch, Pack of 25
716 Reviews
Brightown Clear Globe G40 Screw Base Light Bulbs, 1.5-Inch, Pack of 25
  • 1.5" globe bulbs. 25-count bulbs per pack
  • Clear glass bulbs cast a warm white glow
  • Fits Socket: C7 / E12 base,. Each Piece 120V/5W
  • UL listed for Indoor and Outdoor Uses
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What is a Light Bulb?

While officially patented by Thomas Edison, the invention of the lightbulb predates his version by about seventy years with the invention of the arc lamp by Humphrey Davey in 1802. Simply made of a cotton filament that would glow when powered, this lamp was impressive but impractical. The light produced was too vibrant and the exposed filament posed a serious fire hazard. Further developments were made over the following years, including treating the cotton filament to prevent smoke and encasing the filament in a glass orb filled with nitrogen to produce a stronger flame.

While many individuals contributed on the invention of the light bulb we see today; Edison’s team is credited with perfecting the vacuum seal in modern light bulbs and spearheaded the use of carbonized bamboo filament to produce a longer-lasting light bulb. But we’ve come a long way from the early days of incandescent bulbs.

Types of Light Bulbs

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An Example Of Light Bulbs

While modern lightbulbs come in all shapes and sizes, most mass-produced version fall into one of four categories: incandescent, compact fluorescent (CFLs), Halogen, and LED bulbs. The first category, incandescent, is the same kind of bulb invented by Edison. By heating up a filament the bulb produces a steady, sustainable source of light. CFLs, on the other hand, superheat mercury to produce a tone controlled, cooler light source that is more cost and energy effective than their forerunners. These are the curly lights that you find in most lamp fixtures. Halogen bulbs, as well as Krypton and Xenon bulbs, work by heating up a filament or other conductor within a bulb that is filled with a type of gas. The type and coloration of the light produced comes from these different gases and how they react to the heat produced by the filament. While Krypton lights produce a very clear, white light, halogen bulbs are more yellow in nature.

The final type of lightbulb is the LED. Known for being more environmentally friendly and economically conservative than their counterparts, these light-emitting diodes take advantage of electroluminescence to produce a vibrant, often colorful light. Since these forms of light produce a very minimal amount of heat and can be made incredibly small, they are used in electronics and remote controls, as well as headlights and flashlights.

With so many different light bulbs to chose from, finding the right source of light for your home, office, work space, or yard can seem challenging. Make sure to keep in mind the different strengths and cost options available when looking to shed a little light on your home.

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