According to the Energy Information Administration, lighting accounted for about 9 percent of the total residential electricity consumption in the U.S. in 2017. If you wish to lower the energy bills for your Clearwater home, you can replace your old light bulbs with more energy-efficient ones. Currently, there are many light bulbs that consume significantly less energy than standard incandescent bulbs. Here are a few of them.
Halogen Light Bulbs
A halogen light bulb contains a compact transparent envelope that holds halogen gas around a tungsten filament to increase efficiency. It meets the federal government’s minimum energy-efficiency standard. It provides instant brightness and usually emits white light. It shows the colors of objects accurately and can be used in any fixture or location. A halogen light bulb is significantly more energy-efficient than a standard incandescent light bulb, but it can only last one to two years.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
CFLs are actually curly versions of fluorescent tubes. Unlike a halogen light bulb, a CFL brightens slowly and may not show the true colors of objects. However, it uses about 66 percent less energy than a halogen bulb and 75 percent less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb. With three hours of usage a day, a CFL can last seven to 14 years. Its energy savings can cover its cost in less than nine months.
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
An LED is a semiconductor that produces light when an electric current flows through it. The light it emits is usually monochromatic, but it is not particularly bright. An LED light bulb is currently one of the most energy-efficient lighting options available. It is 25 to 30 percent more energy-efficient and lasts eight to 25 times longer than a halogen light bulb.
While these lighting options are all energy-efficient, they vary in terms of brightness, longevity, and cost. If you need help deciding which one is most suitable for your home, you can give Luminous Electric a call at (800) 956-8532.