Get to Know Your Choices for Lighting
Today, many people are taking advantage of energy-efficient lighting options. Traditional incandescent bulbs are no longer manufactured due to their relatively high energy demands. These bulbs give off 90% of the energy that they use as heat, rather than light, and that wasted energy is reflected in your energy bills. Continue reading to learn about what energy-efficient lighting options are available for replacing your incandescent bulbs.
Halogen incandescent bulbs enjoy better energy efficiency because they contain a capsule of gas that surrounds the filament. These bulbs can be used with dimmers and come in a range of colors and shapes. Finally, while these bulbs do meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard, you have more energy-efficient options to consider.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps
You’re probably familiar with the long, cylindrical, fluorescent lights that are common in garages and kitchens, and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are bulb-shaped versions of these lights. CFLs use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, and they often pay themselves off in energy savings within nine months. CFLs are now available in a wide selection of light tones and colors, and some are covered in an encasement that provides more diffuse light. Because these bulbs contain a tiny amount of mercury, it’s important that they be properly recycled.
Light Emitting Diodes
More commonly known as LEDs, light emitting diodes are among today’s most quickly-developing and energy-efficient options for lighting. LEDs are semiconductors that create light using electricity and are a type of solid-state lighting. These bulbs last between 8 and 25 times longer than halogen incandescents and require just 25%-30% of the energy. LEDs are available in dimmable varieties and plenty of colors, and they work well for both indoor and outdoor applications. Finally, while LEDs cost more than other bulbs, their energy-efficiency and long lifespan easily make up for this difference in price.
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