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​Do Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Make a Difference?

The lights are almost always on as it’s essential for us to clearly brighten our spaces whether we’re in the office, bedroom, kitchen, garage or basement. Having your lights on for most of the da​​y can be costly so eco-friendly light bulbs are key! 


There is so much to what goes into a light bulb – it can be enlightening! 

Types of light bulbs

There are three primary types of light bulbs – halogen, compact fluorescent (CFL), and light-emitting diode (LED). 

Halogen

  • ​​Uses up to 28% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs
  • Lasts up to 3x longer than traditional incandescent bulbs
  • Comes in a variety of colors

CFL​​

  • ​ENERGY STAR® qualified CFLs can use up to 75% less energy
  • Lasts 10x longer than traditional incandescent bulbs
  • CFLs can pay for themselves in energy savings in approximately eight months*

LED

  • ​Lasts 25x longer than traditional incandescent bulbs
  • Uses less energy than CFLs
  • Available for most residential purposes

Many of the readily available lights are more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. However, the light bulbs you choose depend on your preference and usage needs. In spaces where the lights are on most of the day, an LED light bulb is the best option. Remember to always check the recommended light bulb and lumens on your lighting sources so you don’t overpower the fixture’s capability. 

Still not sure which light bulb to use? Here are some other things to keep in mind. ​

Watts or Lumens

Many light bulbs show the lumens instead of watts. Lumens = light produced. Watts = power used. 

​Traditional Incandescent Bulbs (Watts)​​​​​​​​
ENERGY STAR® Bulb Brightness (Minimum Lumens)
​40
​450
​60
​800
​75​
​1,100
​100
​1,600
​150
​2,600


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​Light Appearance

There are two options for light appearance – soft white (warm) or daylight (cool). Warm lights are up to or less than 3000°K (Kelvin) and cool lights are 4000°K or higher. It’s recommended that warmer lights are a better choice for spaces where ambience is important such as bedrooms and living rooms while cooler lights are ideal for where everyday tasks take place like the kitchen or garage. 

We hope you’re not in the dark when it comes to energy efficient light bulbs! Choose the best option for your home and application. 

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