Using energy saving light bulbs makes sense but in what ways exactly? Energy Switcheroo takes a look at five of the many ways replacing conventional bulbs with energy saving ones is beneficial for the consumer….
They are Eco friendly
- 90% of the energy from a traditional light bulb is given of as heat .That lost energy, is money we are just wasting. Consider how many bulbs you may have on at any one time during the evening.
- Typically energy saving bulbs use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. This is saving you money, every time you replace old style with new.
- Electric lighting can burn up to 25% of an average home energy budget.
- The electricity consumed during the lifetime of a single traditional bulb costs up to 10 times the original purchase price of the bulb itself.
- Energy saver stick bulbs can generate the same light that a standard 100 watt bulb
Energy saving bulbs last so much longer
- A new energy saving bulb is estimated to last anywhere from three to twenty five times longer than a traditional bulb.
- Small Stick type bulbs with an ‘A Grade’ energy rating, have a life span of up to 10 000 hours or even longer.
Cost analysis of energy saving lights
The initial price of energy-efficient bulbs is generally higher than the traditional variety, but prices are coming down and over the long term are much cheaper, because you do not have to keep replacing them. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use less electricity than traditional bulbs, they can pay for themselves in less than nine months, and then start saving you money each month.
New energy saving Light bulbs are increasingly available in a variety of types
You can now get energy saving halogen incandescent, compact fluorescent lamps and light emitting diodes (LEDs) for use in your home. This is a boon if the old style bulb limited your ability to design your homes lighting décor. Warm hidden strip lighting, intense spot lighting and subtle ambient lighting can all be incorporated.
- Halogen incandescent bulbs have an internal capsule that contains gas surrounding a filament; this greatly increases a bulbs efficiency.
- Compact fluorescent lamps are small often curly varieties of the fluorescent light tubes you used in your workroom or garage. However the light they give off now is not reminiscent of factories or schools, but brighter and warmer. Fluorescent bulbs do contain tiny amounts of mercury, and when their life is over, should be recycled, many retailers offer this service for free.
- The light emitting diode (LED) are a form of solid-state lighting using semiconductors, often grouped in clusters with a diffuser lens, ideal for spotlights.
You can find a new energy saving bulb that is comparable in brightness to any traditional bulb. Make sure you check the lumens rather than watts as a scale of brightness.
To avoid being sold a ‘replacement bulb’ that isn’t bright enough, keep in mind that a 700 lumen bulb is the same brightness as a 60 watt bulb, and a 100watt bulb would be 1300 lumens.
For a wide selection of energy-saving bulbs at a great price, visit the Energy Switcheroo online shop.