With all the talk of living green and preserving natural resources, lighting manufactures are offering consumer’s option when selecting light bulbs for their homes. Selecting energy efficient lighting goes beyond cutting your electric bill; it is also paying a huge favor to our natural resources and the environment.
When you visit many home improvement stores, there are countless promotions and campaigns on display encouraging consumers to consider switching to energy efficient light bulbs and fixtures. Let’s explore the world of energy wise lighting and the advantages of this type of lighting.
One of the biggest advantages to energy wise lighting is the cost saving to the consumer. Switching from regular light bulbs to fluorescent light bulbs can save $30 in energy costs over the life the bulb. Fluorescent light bulbs provide the same amount of light as incandescent light bulbs but last ten times longer. Compact fluorescent light bulbs generate over 65% less heat which is safer than high heat incandescent light bulbs.
If you are unsure about fluorescent light bulbs, consider replacing some of the light bulbs in your home on a trial basis. Replace light bulbs in high traffic that use lighting for extended periods of time areas such as family rooms, kitchens, dining rooms and porch lights. Using this method will allow you to determine if switching to fluorescent light bulbs will lower your home electric bill.
When purchasing fluorescent light bulbs , remember that these bulbs use about a fourth of the wattage required by regular light bulbs, so you would replace an incandescent 60 watt light bulb with a 15 watt fluorescent light bulb for the same amount of light. You may also notice that fluorescent light bulbs cost a little more than incandescent light bulbs, however, fluorescent light bulbs can last 10-20 times longer than regular light bulbs. There is also a larger variety of fluorescent light bulbs to select, ranging from warm white tones to white tones similar to day light.
Making the decision to switch to energy efficient light bulbs if a “win” for any homeowner looking to save money or conserve natural resources. When your current regular light bulbs need to be replaced, consider fluorescent lighting.