It can be overwhelming when looking at all the light bulb choices out there. The popular trend is energy efficient light bulbs and for good reason. Although these bulbs tend to be more expensive than the standard incandescent bulbs, they pay themselves off in the long run. The three main energy-efficient light bulbs out there are Halogen Incandescents, Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). These models of light bulbs are proven energy savers, and popular choices depending on function.
Halogen Incandescent Bulbs are similar to standard Incandescent bulbs with a few upgrades. Like standard incandescents, they use a heated filament but Halogen bulbs have a capsule surrounding the filament which increases efficiency. These bulbs can look just like the standard bulb shape and can be used with dimmers. While they are more efficient than incandescents and last longer, there are still more efficient bulbs on the market.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
CFLs are essentially condensed versions of your typical tube fluorescents. Basically, gases mix within the bulb and hit a phosphor coating which in turn emits bright light. CFLs are very energy efficient and can save you a noteworthy amount of money. According to energy.gov, CFLs use about one-third the energy as a halogen incandescent and can last for years. These light bulbs do contain a small amount of mercury which means recycling and proper disposal methods are necessary.
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
LED lighting is the most efficient light bulb technology. LED lights can use up to 75% less energy than standard incandescent lights. That huge amount of energy saved is not only great for the environment but great for your pockets too. LEDs can shave off a large percentage of your electric bill in comparison to incandescents. LED lights can be many sizes and shapes as well as colors. They last for years and emit very little heat compared to other bulbs. LED light is actually emitted in a specific direction as opposed to all directions. This is a contributing factor to their staggering efficiency.
Reviewing different energy efficient lights and their functions is important when considering purchasing new light bulbs. Ask one of our professionals about lighting services we offer here at Ryan Electrical and we’ll be able to help you make your decision and install your new energy-efficient lights!