Comparing Light Bulb Brands

An overview

Many consumers find it difficult to decide what type of light bulb to purchase, let alone making a choice on the right brand. But since many shoppers often take brand names very seriously, we’re going to introduce you to all of the major suppliers of light bulbs. It’s a necessary step when researching the lighting for your home, and you’ll be at ease once you know exactly what each name brand offers and what their primary focus is.

So, what are the major brands every homeowner should know? For many, they’ll sound very familiar.

Each of the four big manufacturers - Sylvania, General Electric (GE), Philips, and Westinghouse - have dabbled in markets outside of lighting. At some time or another, most homeowners will have owned televisions by at least one of these companies.

Still, although each of the four major manufacturers in the North American lighting market are instantly recognizable and produce a similarly wide array of available products to the home consumer, they are very different entities. Each of them have somewhat differing light bulb lineups, but perhaps the most important information we can provide here is the underlying focus of each company. For example, you’ll discover that Sylvania has more of an interest in fashion and style than General Electric.

We’ll break down each of the companies into separate sections, so you can easily access the brand name that appears most recognizable to you. If you’ve heard of the light bulb manufacturer, you can probably recall a product of theirs that was particularly reliable (or awful). Still, we’re here to help everyone, even those that haven’t ever owned a General Electric microwave oven before. That’s why the following pages will introduce you, dear reader, to a company’s background, their strengths and weaknesses, and we’ll conclude with an in-depth report on the supplier’s present and future growth in the lighting business. It’s a good way to find the best light bulbs for you and your home.

You’re going to be living with your lighting every day for a long time. Let’s make sure it’s the best you can get.