LEDs, CFLs: Lighting For a Brighter Future.

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By now it is widely known that LED and CFL lights offer a number of benefits, but still many disbelieve just how beneficial these lights are, compared to incandescent lights. They can save you hundreds of dollars, are significantly better for the environment and the quality of light they give off clearly outshines that of incandescent lights.

 

LED & CFL Light Benefits:

 

Cost & Energy Savings-

 

LED bulbs do carry a higher price tag than the common incandescent bulbs on the shelf and this tends to immediately turn customers away. But, when you factor in the lifespan of the LED bulbs and how much energy you save from using LED bulbs you are actually saving a significant amount in the long run. Compared to incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs will last ten times longer than an incandescent bulb this can mean years longer. You end up replacing those incandescent bulbs three, four or even more times before one LED bulb needs to be replaced. Another thing that is often a disbelief is the fact that LED bulbs will save on your energy usage. LED lighting uses only up to seven watts of electricity. This equals to a third of what incandescent light uses.

 

CFL can also provide you with similar benefits that LED lights provide with a slightly smaller price. CFL bulbs not only use close to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs but cuts back on the CO2 emitted into the environment. If more individuals would begin replacing just one incandescent bulb with a CFL bulb nearly a half ton of the CO2 output would be cut back. The energy that is saved when switching to CFL light bulbs also reduces nuclear waste and the level of sulfur oxide that is being released.

 

CFL and LED light bulbs can be used in any fixture you use incandescent lighting. Meaning you can greatly cut back on the energy you use in your home by replacing your incandescent bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs. LED and CFL bulbs can be used in various lamps, ceiling fixtures, track lighting, outdoor lighting and in recessed lighting fixtures. CFLs and LEDs are also now able to work in dimmer light fixtures and 3 way lighting fixtures. They also come in different sizes and styles such as tube lighting or various diffused bulbs. There are even some LED bulbs small enough to use in flashlights which are proven to extend the battery life in flashlight to at ten times a longer life span of other light bulbs.

 

Give Off Better Light-

 

Both LEDs and CFLs give off a better quality of light than incandescent lights. LED bulbs utilize directional lighting which effectively illuminates a designated area which is favorable in track or recessed lighting. But, there are a variety of these bulbs that are also designed with special diffuser which can disperse the light it gives off in a more spherical direction which is favored in main room lighting fixtures or lamps. Where incandescent bulbs give off an instant, harsh, spherical light LEDs and CFLs give off a more subtle lighting cast that gradually builds in brightness.

 

 

LED and CFL lights are gaining popularity not just because they can save hundreds in utility bills but because they are much better for the environment and because the quality of light is superior as well.

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Sustainability Trends

Ideas for a Greener Home

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Use eco-friendly cleaning supplies
  • Favor cloth over paper products
  • Chlorine-free baby diapers/ wipes
  • Choose natural lawn care - stop using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers
  • Use biodegradable detergent and oxygen bleach
  • For clean, safe drinking water without all of the waste - use a water filter and a reusable bottle
  • Install low-flow toilets

 

Energy Saving Ideas

  • Use CFL or LED light bulbs
  • Use Energy Star labeled equipment
  • Turn off all home and office equipment when not in use
  • Turn off lights when not in use
  • Turn down the thermostat - lowering it by just one degree can reduce heating energy costs significantly
  • Avoid "phantom loads" (electrical equipment that still uses energy even after turned off) by using a power strip
  • Reduce your water heater temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees
  • Install double-pane windows