CHOOSING ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS
It seems like everywhere you turn nowadays, people are talking about saving energy, saving money, and “going green.” As more and more Americans become informed and concerned about the environment and our depleting natural resources, they are starting to truly see the importance of implementing various energy-saving ideals into our homes and our daily activities.
While increasing your home’s energy-saving efficiency can involve a project as large and expensive as installing solar panels on your roof, it can also be a project as small and simple as installing a few energy-saving fixtures. Energy-efficient lightbulbs are one way that you can instantly increase the efficiency of your home, without spending a lot of time or breaking the bank to do so.
Shell Lumber & Hardware offers three distinct types of energy-efficient bulbs for your convenience:
LED’s, or light emitting diodes, act as conductors that convert electrons into light as they pass through. Unlike traditional incandescent lights, LED lights do not need any warm-up time and reach their full brightness instantly. Also unlike incandescent blubs, which generally last around 1,000 hours, an LED can last for up to 25,000 hours.
CFL’s, or compact fluorescent lamps, work by conducting an electrical current through a small tube containing argon and mercury vapors. This reaction produces ultraviolet light, which when reacting with the bulb’s fluorescent coating, then produces visible light. CFL’s take more energy initially when starting up, but once flowing, use up to 70% less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 10,000 hours.
T8’s are a type of long, narrow fluorescent bulb which was designed especially with energy-saving purposes in mind. In fact, bulbs which combine T8 and LED technologies into one have been shown to be 30% more efficient, and can last up to 50,000 hours, making them one of the best energy-saving options available in the market today.
Energy-efficient bulbs can cost more than double what traditional incandescent bulbs cost, but considering that they can last up to 50 times as long, the pay-off should be obvious. Traditional bulbs, depending on size and light level, can cost a few dollars a piece, but must be replaced multiple times a year. Energy-efficient bulbs, on the other hand, do cost more, but you may find yourself going several years before needing to replace one.
Like traditional light bulbs, energy-efficient light bulbs are typically available in a variety of colors and levels of light. And while it may not be affordable or even necessarily practical to replace every single light bulb in your home, experts recommend starting out by replacing the five lightbulbs in your home that are used most frequently – a simple action that can save you up to $75 a year. For more information on the types and benefits of energy-efficient light bulbs, talk to the experts at Shell Lumber by visiting us in person or giving us a call at (305) 856-6401.