Lighting options have reached new energy efficiency standards in recent years. The simple task of replacing a lightbulb can leave you with more questions than answers as you contemplate these new technologies. Here's a brief look at the most efficient lightbulbs available, and which ones will save you the most money.
Light Emitting Diodes
LEDs use semiconductors to produce light. You can expect them to use about 20 to 30 percent of the electricity of a similarly bright halogen bulb and last up to 25 times longer. LEDs are the most efficient lightbulbs for household use and are particularly popular for outdoor lighting because of their high tolerance to cold temperatures. They do carry a higher upfront cost than other lightbulbs, but that can easily be recovered throughout their long lifespan.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps
CFLs are a miniature version of tube fluorescent bulbs long used in commercial and industrial applications. They have a relatively low up-front cost, use about one-third of the electricity needed to power a traditional halogen bulb, and can last ten times longer. You should recover the initial cost of a CFL in less than a year. This makes them a practical and efficient lighting choice for many households.
Bottom line: Both CFLs and LEDs are available for a wide variety of household and commercial applications. Specialty bulbs can be used with dimmers and timers to help reduce energy use even more. No matter which type of lightbulbs you decide to purchase, look for ones that are ENERGY STAR certified. These will be the most efficient lightbulbs on the market.
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