To save energy and money over time, you should consider making good lighting choices. Switching to energy efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut down your energy bills. In an average household, about 5% of energy consumption goes to lighting. Replacing your regular incandescent light bulbs to with compact fluorescent (CFL) or Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs saves you so much money each year.
Why Switch Your Regular Incandescent to Energy Efficient Bulbs?
There are many choices to make in energy-efficient lightings, like CFLs and LEDs the most popular light bulbs. Energy-efficient bulbs initially cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs, but they save you more money. This produces significant savings on your energy bills.
Energy saving lighting is about reducing the wattage used in a light fitting while maintaining same light output. They generate about 25% energy as heat while incandescent bulbs give out about 90% of energy as heat. If you have an outdoor lighting often left on for a long while, it is advisable to use CFLs or LEDs in these fixtures to save a lot of energy.
CFLs and LEDs last longer from about four to thirty years, while the traditional incandescent bulbs can only last about a year, using energy efficient bulbs saves you the inconvenience of having to regularly purchase and replace your light bulbs.
CFLs and LEDs
Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFLs): These are modern compact of fluorescent lighting. Compact Fluorescent is about 75% more efficient and has a lifespan of average 8,000-15,000 hours. They require a lower wattage for a similar output as an incandescent bulb.
Light-Emitting Diodes (LED): LEDs are 80% more efficient and are rated to last on average around 25,000 hours. They operate at a much cooler temperature to other lighting bulbs.
Saving Lighting Tips
• Turn off all lights in unoccupied rooms
• Embrace natural light. Open curtains and blinds during daylight hours.
• Use the lowest wattage bulb required to meet the room’s lighting needs.
• Replace any incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LED, especially where lights are on for long periods.
• Turn the outdoor light off when not in use.
• Regularly dust your energy light bulbs and fittings.
• Consider using timers and sensors for indoor and outdoor lights.