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Light Bulb Buying Guide: Choose Wisely to Increase Energy Efficiency

Posted by: Anna | 12/26 at 10:30 AM


Light Bulb Buying Guide: Choose Wisely to Increase Energy Efficiency

With all of the different options out there, it might be difficult to figure out which type of light bulb is best for you.  Here are a few tips to make shopping for your next bulb a little easier:

  • Lowdown on Lumens – Let’s start with the basics. The amount of light a bulb emits is measured by lumens. The brighter the light, the more lumens – it’s that simple. There’s no need to worry about the amount of watts your light bulb is consuming. Instead, check new Federal Trade Commission-required product labels for all the information you need to choose the right bulb.
  • Temperature Tips – One important piece of information on the new label is temperature, which will help you decide the right light bulb temperature for you. Warm colors emit a yellowish light, while cooler colors look more white or blue. Warm-colored bulbs are closer to the color of an incandescent bulb. Cooler bulbs are brighter and are more optimal for kitchens, work spaces and reading.
  • Efficiency Facts – When shopping around, consider that traditional incandescent bulbs, which are the least efficient type of bulb, are being phased out of production. In fact, 90 percent of energy used by incandescent light bulbs is given off as heat. Due to Federal Efficiency Guidelines, more energy efficient bulbs – such as Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) light bulbs – are replacing incandescent bulbs.
  • LED vs. CFL – There are a few differences between CFL and LED light bulbs. Both provide about the same amount of energy savings (75 percent for CFLs, 75 to 80 percent for LEDs) compared to incandescent bulbs. LED light bulbs are a bit more costly than CFL bulbs, but last longer and have the potential to provide more energy savings.

Use these tips to help you select the best bulb for your buck on your next lighting purchase.


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