What You Need to Know About Energy Saving Light Bulbs

What You Need to Know About Energy Saving Light Bulbs
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    Consumers seeking to reduce their electrical consumption can achieve important savings by replacing their incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs, such as a compact fluorescent light bulb.

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Save money over the long run with CFL bulbs.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing just one bulb with a CFL can save you $6 per year or $40 over the life of the bulb. Imagine how much energy you could save if you replaced all of your bulbs!
Not every supposed energy-efficient bulb will give you the savings you seek or reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released. There are several things for you to consider when shopping for new bulbs including the following:

1. Wattage.

There are wattage differences between incandescent and CFL bulbs, with your light output or lumens the determining factor for choosing the right bulb. For instance if you typically use 60-watt incandescent bulbs, then a qualified ENERGY STAR bulb would offer 13 to 15 watts for a comparable 800 lumens output. You can save money by choosing a bulb based on the light output you need, and the choosing one with the lowest wattage.

2. Colors.

The color of the light produced by your ENERGY STAR light bulb can serve different purposes. For instance if you choose a bulb with natural or daylight lighting then this bulb is ideal for reading a book. Cool or neutral white is ideal for work stations and kitchens, while warm or soft white parallels the color of incandescent bulbs. Visit a store with a variety of bulbs on working display to gauge light patterns.

3. Fixtures.

Your choice of ENERGY STAR bulb should consider the fixture that it will be associated with. If you’re using a dimmer, then look for a bulb that is marked dimmable. For a three-way socket, choose a bulb marked 3-way. Electronically-controlled fixtures may have specific requirements — read the CFL package label to ensure that the bulb is a good fit for this device.

4. Styles.

ENERGY STAR bulbs come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Those styles should match the fixture where the bulb will be replaced. For instance, a globe bulb is a good match with a pendant fixture. Tube bulbs can be placed in lamps, ceiling fixtures, wall sconces and outdoor covered boxes. An indoor reflector bulb is a good match for ceiling fans, wall sconces and track lighting. Read the label to ensure that you choose the right bulb each time.

Considerations

CFL bulbs are pricey with the savings realized down the line. You can save money up front by choosing bulbs sold in multiple packs and buying these bulbs when they’re put on sale.

Source — U.S. Department of Energy — Energy Savers.

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Matthew C. Keegan

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