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Primary School - Grades K-3
P=Project   E=Experiment
Do incandescent and fluorescent bulbs produce the same kind of light and produce the same amount of heat? [E]
Light Bulb K-12 Experiments and Background Information
Luminous Efficacy (Efficiency) K-12 Background Information
Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Which Brand of Light Bulb Gives Most Light? [P]
Build a simple circuit tester and use it to investigate how electricity flows through a household lamp. [E]
Light Bulb K-12 Experiments and Background Information
Luminous Efficacy (Efficiency) K-12 Background Information

Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Design and build an LED glove. [E]
Compare the efficiency of different types of light bulbs (incandescent, halogen, fluorescent) by testing the light intensity and heat output of the bulb. [E] [E]
Measure the intensity of different light bulbs using the inverse square law and a simple homemade photometer. [E]
The Effect of Light Bulb Type on Energy Consumption, Brightness of Light Emitted, Heat Output, and Operational Cost [E]
Evaluate full-spectrum light sources for their similarity to sunlight. [E]
Can Switching to a Different Type of Lightbulb Really Save You Money? [E] [E]
Does Turning a Light Bulb On and Off Affect Its Lifespan? [E]
Discover which bulb will shine farther through fog: xenon or halogen bulbs. [E]
Does a high watt bulb produce more heat than a low watt bulb?
Does an incandescent bulb produce more heat than a fluorescent bulb? [E] [E] [P]
Which light bulb is the most efficient - light output per money. [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E]
Are compact fluorescent lamps as environmentally friendly, energy efficient and cost effective as marketed? [P] [P]
Build a dance pad that flashes lights when you step on it. [E]
Light Bulb K-12 Experiments and Background Information
Luminous Efficacy (Efficiency) K-12 Background Information

High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Build your own light bulb and test different filament materials to determine which is best. [E] [E] [E] [E]
Should fluorescent bulbs be left on when leaving a room for a short time for power saving considerations? [E]
The Physics of Compact Fluorescent Lamps [E]
Determine if the type of gas inside a light bulb has any effect on the brightness of the bulb.
Light Bulb K-12 Experiments and Background Information
Luminous Efficacy (Efficiency) K-12 Background Information
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