With new energy efficiency standards set to take place on January 1st, 2014, consumers will choose between these more energy efficient options: energy efficient soft white, or halogen technology, CFL or LED bulb. There will still be a limited supply of incandescents and some retailors until inventory is gone. For everyone wishing to save money on energy bills, it is helpful having an understanding of the different energy efficient lighting options that are available to make an informed purchasing decision.
Green Lighting Solutions
Switching to LED will help you keep your money in your pocket and do a good thing for our environment as well. While an old fashioned incandescent bulb may cost a dollar, LEDs cost $30 or more but will then make up for their cost when you see your electric bill. LEDs use up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs.
Modern LEDs are incredibly more efficient than previous types of lighting. They save you significant amounts of money on your energy bills. A 6 watt LED produces as much light as the 50-watt incandescent bulb which is replaces. That will show a dramatic savings on your electric bill.
LED strip lights are another option to save money. These can go under your cabinets, light up a staircase, or light up your work station. These strip lights are extremely helpful for creating light and saving energy and money, and they are very easy to install on your own.
If you still want the warm cozy aura of incandescent bulbs, there is other energy saving options consumers can consider as well.
CFL Bulb Technology
Another energy efficient lighting option is CFL bulb technology. It has been on the market for over three decades and has gotten better, enough to compare to the performance of a modern incandescent light bulb.
Energy Saving Incandescent
Energy saving, or halogen incandescents hold gas around a filament to increase bulb efficiency. This type of incandescent bulb is about 25% more efficient and can last up to three times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. They are available in a different colors and shapes, and can be used with dimmers.
The biggest difference between old incandescent bulbs and a modern energy saving light bulb is that 90% of the energy in an incandescent bulb is given off as heat. That is all lost energy and money that is being thrown away. According to the US Energy Information Administration, lighting consumes up to 17% of a home’s overall energy use. With an annual energy savings of $2.05 per bulb, a household that replaces forty 60 watt incandescent bulbs with 43-watt energy efficient soft white bulbs, can save more than $80 per year based on three hours of use per day.