The most popular light bulbs available are halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although they can initially cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs, during their lifetime they save you money, because they use less energy.
Light your home using the same amount of light for less money. An average household dedicates about 5% of its energy budget to lighting. Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $45 each year. New lighting standards took effect in 2012, and money-saving options such as halogen incandescent, CFL, and LED lightbulbs are available today. For high-quality products with the greatest energy savings, choose bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR.
Compact fluorescent lamps are curly versions of the long tube fluorescent lights you may already have throughout your home. They tend to pay for themselves in less than nine months as they begin to trim the cost of powering your home on a monthly basis. According to the DOE, an Energy Star-qualified CFL provides the same amount of light as comparable traditional incandescent bulb, using about one-fourth the energy. Their lifespan is also ten times as long as less energy-efficient bulbs.
CFL bulbs have come a long way since they were first introduced, and now offer a range of light colors. Some even come with a cover to further diffuse the light and create a shape similar to the bulbs you have replaced. Some CFLs also have a feature that allows you to dim the bulb if desired.
2. Halogen Incandescents
Halogen incandescent bulbs successfully meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard and are equipped with a capsule inside that holds gas around a filament to increase bulb efficiency. They come in a vast array of shapes and colors to meet your needs, and can be used with dimmers as well.
Halogen incandescents have a capsule inside that holds gas around a filament to increase bulb efficiency. They are available in a wide range of shapes and colors, and they can be used with dimmers. Halogen incandescent bulbs meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard, but there are now many more efficient options to meet your lighting needs.
3. LED Light
The light emitting diode are a type of solid-state lighting-semiconductors that convert electricity into light. LEDs in white light, general illumination applications are one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing technologies, according to the DOE. Energy Star-qualified LEDs use as little as 20 percent of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs.
Although investing in LED bulbs can be a bit intimidating, they will ultimately save you a great deal of money due to their long lifespan and very low energy use.