An energy-efficient home has become the goal of nearly every modern homeowner. Lower costs, higher performance—what’s not to love? But how can you become more energy efficient?
Lighting upgrades are commonly listed as one of the quickest and simplest methods of improving home efficiency, and this is for good reason. Want to know what new energy-efficient lighting in your home brings to the table? Here are some of the biggest perks:
- Lower energy costs. Both Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL) feature much lower energy consumption when compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. You can expect an LED to use a tenth or less wattage, and a CLF to use roughly half to an eighth on average. For a single bulb the difference is small, but when you’re talking a whole-home and outdoor lighting upgrades the difference is huge.
- Longer bulb and fixture lifespans. Tired of swapping out bulbs all the time and going through the expense of buying bulbs by the dozen? Energy-efficient bulbs do cost more upon purchase, but they also outlive traditional bulbs by many years. That places this investment firmly in the “smart idea” category.
- More stable bulbs.Energy-efficient bulbs like LEDs, CFL, and even halogen bulbs all tend to work far better in temperature extremes as well, failing far less often in heavy winter weather or on hot days. They even produce less heat, meaning you stand to save a bit on cooling costs in the summer!
- Less environmental impact. Being eco-friendly is becoming more and more important as time goes on and swapping out your fixtures and bulbs for higher efficiency ones is a great way to get ahead. Efficient bulbs consume less power, which helps to reduce your home’s carbon footprint.
LED vs CFL Bulbs
LED bulbs are currently available in many products such as replacements for 40W, 60W, and 75W traditional incandescent bulbs, reflector bulbs often used in recessed fixtures, and small track lights, desk lamps, kitchen undercabinet lighting, and outdoor area lights. They come in a variety of colors, and some are dimmable or offer convenient features such as daylight and motion sensors. LEDs work well indoors and outdoors because of their durability and performance in cold environments. Look for LED products such as pathway lights, step lights, and porch lights for outdoor use. You can also find solar-powered outdoor lighting.
While LEDs are more expensive, they save money because they last a long time and have very low energy use. As with other electronics, prices are expected to come down as more products enter the market.
CFL bulbs, on the other hand, are also available in a range of light colors, including warm (white to yellow) tones that were not as available when first introduced. Some are encased in a cover to further diffuse the light and provide a similar shape to the bulbs you are replacing. If you are looking for a dimmable bulb, check the package to make sure you purchase a CFL with that feature.
Fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, and they should always be recycled at the end of their lifespan. Many retailers recycle CFLs for free. See EPA’s website for more information.
Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrades in the DC Metro Area
Interested in gaining the perks of energy-efficient lighting for your home or business? Reach out to the electrical experts at Fab Electric today! We can help you match your needs for ideal efficient lighting solution in your home or workplace. We work on both interior and exterior projects. Our projects include interior and exterior lighting installations, parking lot lights, preventative maintenance and more. At Fab Electric, our specialists have lots of experience, and with our fast, friendly service, you will enjoy electricity safely in your home and cost savings in no time! Call us at (301) 622-6979 to set up an appointment today!