Selection Criteria of Different Electric Lamps



There are various types of electric lamps available in the market. The selection of a lamp depends upon the illumination area.

Selection Criteria of Different Electric Lamps

The following table highlights the points that you should consider while selecting a lamp depending upon the area to be illuminated.

Illumination AreaSuitable Lamp / Lamps
General house illumination
  • Incandescent lamps

  • Fluorescent lamps

  • CFL (Compact fluorescent lamps)

  • LED (Light Emitting Diode Lamps)

Street lighting
  • Fluorescent tube lamps

  • Sodium vapor lamps

  • Mercury vapor lamps

  • LEDs

Outdoor lighting of a building
  • Halogen lamps

  • LEDs

Industrial lighting
  • High pressure mercury vapor lamps

  • Mercury iodide lamps

Commercial places (like shopping malls)
  • High pressure mercury vapor lamps

  • Green lighting

  • Fluorescent tube lamps

  • LEDs

Large gardens
  • Mercury vapor lamps

  • Halogen lamps

  • Sodium vapor lamps

Decoration of buildings
  • Neon tube lamps

  • LEDs

Flood lighting
  • Halogen lamps

  • Metal halide lamps

Rail yards or storage yards
  • High pressure mercury vapor lamps

  • Sodium vapor lamps

Car parksHalogen lamps
Airport runwaysHalogen lamps
Sports stadiumsMetal halide lamps
Indicators & night lampsNeon lamps
Advertising industryNeon tube lamps
Metal processing industriesLASER light
Search lightArc lamps
Medical instrumentsLASER light
Cinema projectorsArc lamps

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