Roll Back the Clock, Upgrade Your Lighting
Daylight savings time – November 6 — is just around the corner and as we roll back the clocks and days get shorter, it’s a good time to think about our home lighting habits.
Many of us are in the habit of using artificial light in virtually every task we do each day and flipping that switch as you walk into a room or sit down at your desk may be a habit you don’t even notice. There are some great new resources that can help you think about how much you really know about lighting, the impact of our habit and most importantly the many energy efficient options available. Here are just a few:
Home Depot, the nation’s largest light bulb supplier, has dedicated an entire portion of its website to lighting facts, tips, industry trends and more. If you’re just getting started, you’ll need to learn the basics about bulb shapes, sizes, temperature and bases. Home Depot’s bulb guide highlights the most common lighting styles and will help you decide the most efficient choice for your home. Also found on the site is a side-by-side comparison of bulbs currently available and information about each, including the wattage, average lifetime and cost to operate. Home Depot even interprets the new Federal Trade Commission labels that will now be found on all lighting by January 2012. A numbered diagram takes you step-by-step through each piece of information from brightness to safe disposal.
You can also expand your efficient lighting knowledge by visiting the Lighting Understanding for a More Efficient Nation Coalition’s [LUMEN] website. The coalition is dedicated to providing consumers with educational resources in order to make energy efficient lighting decisions and purchases. LUMEN also provides a range of facts and statistics on each type of lighting, including the following data about current lighting options:
- Halogen Incandescents use up to 30% less energy, last three times as long and save about $3 over the lifetime of each bulb.
- Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) use up to 75% less energy, last up to 10 times longer and can save up to $50 over the lifetime of each bulb.
- Light emitting diodes (LEDs) use up to 75% less energy and can last up to 22 years. Though the upfront cost is higher, you will save tons of money over the long life of the bulb – and one less thing to think about changing.
If these resources still haven’t cast enough light on all the lighting options, you can find a number of energy efficiency and conservation tips on the Virginia Energy Sense website:
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