Using energy efficient light bulbs, as opposed to conventional bulbs, proves to be more economic than many would believe. The Edison bulb, while emitting a beautiful and warm light, is also attributed to higher electric bills. Why? The conventional Edison bulb uses more energy that not only emits light, but also heat. In summertime this may require greater use of the air conditioner to cool the space. This is especially true in the office setting, where many incandescent lights would produce an excessive amount of heat.
Incandescent bulbs also have a shorter life span than do energy efficient bulbs, requiring frequent replacement. Even though regular bulbs are cheaper at the point of purchase, they would cost the consumer more in the end. The frequent replacement could actually cost more than would a quality energy efficient bulb. Regular bulbs are also more delicate and may easily break, even during installation. The average life span of an incandescent bulb is approximately 1,000 hours. CFL bulbs, or compact fluorescent lamps, last approximately 5,000 hours, whereas LED bulbs can last between 20 and 50 thousand hours, meaning a life span up to 50 times longer than the Edison bulb!
Savings during operation
LED efficient light bulbs emit plenty of light, but do so with a limited amount of energy consumption. Since they remain cool to the touch, consumers benefit from superior illumination at a fraction of the cost, but also because they don’t have any impact on room temperature. Energy efficient light bulbs, depending on their quality, can use up to 80% less wattage than regular bulbs–directly translating into notable savings on an energy bill. For example, a 60-watt regular bulb would cost $4.80 to use annually, as opposed to a 12-watt LED bulb that would cost as low as $1.00. Multiply these amounts with the number of bulbs currently installed in your home for a personal, more accurate calculation of savings.
Energy efficient light bulbs are also better than ever. In the past, many snubbed them for producing a bright white light that was not surprisingly unattractive. Today they’re available in more colors and light levels to enable consumers to illuminate their homes and offices in an attractive light that allows them to easily create an interesting and desired mood through lighting. In comparing the two types of bulbs, it’s obvious that the consumer saves money at the point of purchase and during use of the energy efficient bulbs. Simultaneously, the planet benefits, as well.
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