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Monday, 24 June 2013 00:00

What Are the Most Energy Efficient Light Bulbs?

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With many products on the market claiming to reduce energy consumption, it can be hard to determine whichoption is the best.  For example, determining the most energy efficient light bulbs can be challenging for those unfamiliar with the many different makes available.  Though you may have sworn by traditional, or incandescent, bulbs for years, learning about the more efficient options can help you to save money at your next visit to the store. Two of the most energy efficient light bulbs on the market today are compact fluorescent lights, or CFLs, and light emitting diodes, or LEDs.

 

CFLs may initially cost more to purchase than other options, but make up for the increased cost with a longer lifespan and more efficient performance.   CFLs last ten times longer than incandescent lights, while using up to 80 % less energy. These bulbs are often compatible with standard light fixtures, so replacing your old lights with models that are more energy efficient is as simple as switching the bulb.

 

LED lights increase energy efficiency in multiple ways.  In addition to using less watts of energy overall than traditional lights, LEDs also emit less heat. By staying cooler as they operate, LED lights reduce air conditioning costs. For those who are interested in using alternative energy sources, LEDs are ideal, as they require a low amount of power to operate. They can offer a brilliant glow while using less wattage. This makes them ideal for use with solar panels and other forms of alternative energy.  Once you make the investment in LED light bulbs, you can rest assured that there will no need to replace them in the near future.  

While CFLs may officially be the most energy efficient bulbs, their price point can be intimidating for consumers. For those looking to spend a little less, LEDs are a smart alternative

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