Save with CFL or LED lights

joshM Friday, January 14th, 2011

lightbulbs 200x300 Save with CFL or LED lights   Did you know that lighting takes up to 25% of the average American’s electric budget? Well, neither did I, but it does and there is a way to bring down that percent.

Simply use an energy efficient light bulb.

There are two kinds of lighting that are recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy. The first is LED and the second is CFL.

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. LED light bulbs last up to 10 times longer than compact fluorescent lights and last even longer than the average incandescent bulb. LED lights are more durable and they use 1/3rd the electricity of incandescent bulbs.  LED bulbs don’t produce as much heat build-up and therefore, cut your air conditioning costs. LED bulbs are manufactured without mercury. The price of LED bulbs is more affordable now than it used to be, but still more expensive than your average light bulb. The benefits over time, however, are worth the upfront cost.

CFL stands for Compact Fluorescent Lights. CFL’s can last up to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs and they use up to 80% less energy to run. CFL lights are very versatile. They can be used anywhere an incandescent bulb is used. They reduce air and water pollution and give off a warm glow as opposed to the cool white you see from older fluorescents.

When selecting your LED or CFL lights, look for the FCC and UL Certification. Decide what kind of light quality you want. Are you looking for a warm light or a cool light? Do you want to fill the room or light up a specific area? Decide or find out if you need the bulb to be standard or dimmable. What Colors do you want? LED lights come in several color variations. The color you choose can be easy on the eyes, soften a room or even repel bugs, so do a little research first. And last but not least, choose a shape. Light bulb shapes have been carefully designed to achieve specific purposes, for example, a spiral CFL bulb was designed to cast light like a standard incandescent and a diffused LED bulb was designed to spread light over a wide area.

To learn more about lighting and to start saving on your electric bill, visit YLighting, 1800Lighting or Home Depot to find coupons and discount on LED and CFL bulbs.

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