Light Bulbs: Explore Modern Solutions
The old inefficient incandescent light bulbs, which represented over half of the market can no longer be produced. Actually, incandescents are not going away. They’re just getting more efficient. As I am sure you may have noticed by now, there are many better performing options available.
Consumers now have three major types of bulbs to choose from:
- New and improved incandescents that use 28-percent-less energy,
- Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and
- Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that provide energy savings of at least 75 percent and last a lot longer.
Lumens, not watts
The new light bulbs use less power to give off the same amount of light. Therefore, when shopping for bulbs, you should focus on light output, expressed in lumens instead of wattage.
Bulb shopping tips
Some other things to consider when shopping for light bulbs:
- Not all CFLs and LEDs are created equally. To ensure you are getting a good one, only buy those that have the ENERGY STAR® label. These not only save you energy but will also perform well over time.
- ENERGY STAR Certified bulbs use about 70-90% less energy than traditional bulbs. They also meet strict quality and efficiency standards that are tested by certified thrid parties.
- Produce less heat so they are safer to operate.
- CFLs last 10 times longer than incandescents, and LEDs last 25 times longer. Even though they might cost more to buy, they will save you a lot of money as well as prevent the need to replace your light bulbs every year.
- If you want a dimmable bulb, buy an LED or incandescent bulb.
More efficient light bulbs are becoming more affordable and will also save you money in the long run. Saving energy helps you save money not only on utility bills it protects the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.