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Home Lighting Choices That Can Save You Energy Dollars

  • June 24, 2014

home lightingWhat kind of light bulbs are you using in your home? Your choice of bulb will make a big difference when it comes to your energy costs. If you want to save energy dollars, you need to reconsider what bulbs you use in your home lighting fixtures.

The Reality of Traditional Incandescent Bulbs

A regular incandescent bulb is highly inefficient when it comes to producing light. In fact, 90 percent of the energy it uses is given off as heat. That means only 10 percent of the energy it uses goes towards producing light. The production of heat by the light bulb is a waste of energy. In the summer, the lights add unneeded heat to the inside of your home, making your air conditioner work harder which drives your energy costs even higher.

The inefficiency of these bulbs prompted governments around the world to start increasing the efficiency requirements of light bulbs. That is why traditional bulbs are being withdrawn from the home lighting market.

More Efficient Lighting Options

With traditional incandescents being withdrawn from the market, now is the time to start moving towards new energy efficient bulbs. You will save energy dollars while keeping your home well lit. Here are three options to consider:

  • Energy-saving incandescents merge halogen technology with the traditional incandescent bulb. Instead of having a bare filament in the middle of the bulb, one of the new energy-saving models uses a capsule of gas around the filament. This helps to increase its efficiency and save energy dollars. One of the energy-efficient incandescent bulbs can be up to 25 percent more efficient than a traditional incandescent. It can also last up to three times longer. It can work on a dimmer. These bulbs come in many shapes and sizes.
  • Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are a smaller version of the long fluorescent tubes you find quite often in office lighting. The long tube has been twisted into a compact bulb that will fit most traditional home lighting fixtures. These bulbs do cost a bit more than a traditional incandescent, but it offers a huge jump in energy efficiency. One issue with CFLs is that their life is affected by the number of times the bulb is turned on and off. It is best to use them in areas where people need them for longer periods of time and to shut them off when the last person leaves. A CFL bulb uses only 25 percent of the energy that an incandescent does to produce the same amount of light. The bulbs last 10 times longer than a traditional incandescent as well. These bulbs are available in a number of forms and colors. Some CFLs can be dimmed, but not all.
  • Light emitting diode lamps (LEDs) are rapidly becoming a popular choice in lighting. These lamps differ greatly from incandescents and fluorescents. They use a semi-conductor to convert energy to light. They are a bit more expensive than CFLs. However, they last longer and come in more forms than the CFL. LEDs also do not have a problem with a shortened life due to being turned on and off too often.A LED bulb uses 20 to 25 percent of the energy that a traditional incandescent does. It can last up to 25 times the length though. LEDs come in a range of colors, making it easy to find the right lamp for all your home lighting needs. The technology is available in many shapes and sizes, with new options on the market all the time. Some LEDs can be dimmed.

If you have any traditional incandescent lamps remaining in your home, you need to start replacing traditional incandescent lamps with more efficient bulbs. You will save energy dollars all year round without compromising on your home lighting needs.

For more information on how to save energy dollars, contact us here at Comfort Services, Inc. We proudly serve our neighbors in Aberdeen, Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Sanford, Laurinburg, and Whispering Pines, NC.

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