Traditional incandescent light bulbs use a lot of energy to produce light. 90% of this energy is given off as heat. And that lost energy is money we are throwing away.
Energy-saving incandescents save about 25% energy. They have a capsule inside that holds gas around a filament to increase bulb efficiency. This type of incandescent energy-saving light bulb is about 25% more efficient and can last up to three times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. These bulbs are available in a wide range of colors and shapes, and can also be used with dimmers.
Compact fluorescent lamps are simply curly versions of the long tube fluorescent lights many people already have in the kitchen or garage. They use less electricity than traditional incandescents and can pay for themselves in less than nine months. A compact fluorescent lamp uses about one fourth the energy and lasts ten times longer than a compatible incandescent bulb, that puts out the same amount of light. Compact fluorescent bulbs are also available in a wide range of colors, including warm tones, which were not available, when they were first introduced. If you are looking for a dimmable bulb, check the package to make sure the one you purchase has that feature. Keep in mind that compact fluorescent lamps should always be recycled, because they contain a small amount of mercury. Many retailers recycle them for free.
LED lights are a type of solid-state lighting. They are semi-conductors that convert electricity into light. LEDs are one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing technologies. They use only 20% to 25% of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs can replace 40W, 60W and 75W traditional incandescents. At this early stage they are more expensive, but they can still save money, because they last a long time and use very little energy.
Light your home, using the same amount of light for less money. Energy-saving light bulbs provide a wide range of choices in colors and light levels. You can find energy-efficient light bulbs in the hardware or home improvement stores.