Light vs. Heat Bulbs

Careful, that light bulb is hot! Compare heat and light energy using a simple light bulb. The exercise addresses energy conservation and presents actual calculations to determine the most cost-effective light bulb.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Classroom Considerations
  • Materials needed include: incandescent light bulb, compact florescent light bulb, LED bulb, infrared thermometer, ruler, and a light meter
Pros
  • Hands-on activity to tackle a real-life issue
Cons
  • The materials needed may not be readily available
NGSS