Illumination Choices that Help Save Energy and Money

Incandescent bulbs have lighted the way in every home when working on a home improvement, working on housekeeping, working on a type of project, having guests over, and many other regular living events.

Energy consumption is important to control in order to save on your electric bill. Incandescent bulbs do provide a lot of light, but use a lot of energy to run. Incandescent lighting is what most homes are used to, yet those bulbs use a lot of wattage to run. Color tone output has become available over time and it was easy to find the right lighting tone for your needs.

Excellent alternatives include fluorescent lighting and L.E.D. bulbs mainly because of the less demand for energy.  

For every incandescent bulb you replace with a fluorescent, you can save over about 60% in energy use per light. That can be beneficial if you run certain lights all the time. Instead of using 60 watt bulbs, you could be using 13 watt bulbs, give or take a few watts. In addition, fluorescent lamps come in various color tones like daylight, cool white, etc.

As an alternative to fluorescent lighting, L.E.D. (light emitting diode) bulbs have evolved too. They not only save on your electric bill a little more than fluorescent lighting, but also use much less energy than incandescent bulbs. However, an L.E.D. bulb does not currently put out the brightness level that many desire or compare to an incandescent bulb, but this is evolving. In a good way, many options are growing for L.E.D. lamps, including chandelier bulbs, flood lamp bulbs, ceiling light bulbs, etc. If you find the right match in L.E.D. bulbs, you may want to give it a try and see what you think.

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