Types of Light Bulbs – Pros and Cons for Efficiency

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Let’s face it – We all cringe when we’re opening our electric bills. Would it be too high this month? Will we be surprised with a decent savings compared to last month? Electricity should never be a guessing game. When you have efficient appliances and efficient lighting, you’re guaranteed to see better electrical savings results! Your electric bill is comprised of almost ¼ of the usage being solely for lighting. Here’s the types of light bulbs and their descriptions, and how you can save:


Incandescent Bulbs – (Traditional and Halogen) These are your typical, every day, and most common light bulbs. They are the oldest bulb in the light bulbs family, and are mainly very inefficient compared to other light bulbs available now to the consumer. An electrical current travels through a wire filament, which heats up that filament until it illuminates. Can you believe that up to 90% of the energy that these light bulbs consume produces heat? That’s never a good thing, and these bulbs have been known to combust when used in the wrong wattage lamp! However, manufacturers are working on creating a new design of incandescent light bulbs, which is supposed to reduce energy usage by 25% maximum. If you’re traditional and want to stick to your guns, you can, but wait until you hear about the following alternative light bulbs that could help you save money!


Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) – You may have seen these light bulbs at the store. Their spiral-like design catches many eyes, and with good reason! CFL light bulbs are the most energy and cost effective light bulb types available to consumers today! How do they work, you might ask? An electrical current drives through a tube that contains argon and a small amount of mercury vapor that triggers illumination. They use up to 75% less energy than the traditional incandescent light bulbs! Are you thinking what we’re thinking? That means energy conservation AND energy utility bill savings! Unlike traditional incandescent light bulbs having a lifespan of up to 2 years (with 3 hours of use per day), CFL light bulbs can last up to 9 years! However, they are used at peak efficiency when the light is constantly used in that area. We suggest not using them in areas where lighting is not often used (closets, garages, attics, etc.)


Lastly, Light Emitting Diodes (LED) – LED lights have made a significant leap into the homes of many consumers, considering they are highly effective, but can be more costly up-front. These lights connected electrical currents to diodes. Within the diodes, electrodes are triggered, which releases photons – which the human eye sees as light! LED light bulbs reduce energy consumption by up to 80%! Manufacturers are always working on ways to lower the costs of these amazing light bulbs, so that the LED lighting benefits can be used by all homeowners, everywhere! Lower electricity bills and higher energy conservation would benefit the entire planet. They can last up to 22 years!!!


Want to make strides in saving energy for your world? Contact us at America’s Best to discuss alternative lighting strategies and have your home evaluated for its efficiency today!


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