Home Lighting Affects Energy Savings

Back when incandescent bulbs were essentially the primary electric lighting option available for most residences, they often made a greater impact than desired on energy bills. Since 98 percent of the electricity consumed by those old-school bulbs generated heat, not light, your only options for improved energy savings were dimmer, lower wattage bulbs. Today, however, conventional incandescent bulbs are being replaced by several home lighting alternatives that provide better quality illumination and do so with greater energy savings and longer service life. Make the switch today, and start saving energy in your Mount Pleasant, Texas home.

New energy-saving options are available in a variety of styles, watts, and types. Unfortunately, many consumers, because of the comparatively higher costs, have not embraced these energy-saving bulbs. It is important to realize that although the energy-efficient lightbulbs are more expensive, the higher upfront cost is easily absorbed in greater savings on energy bills.

Halogen incandescent Bulbs

Halogens utilize the conventional incandescent design but the bulb contains internal gas that adds more energy efficiency and brighter illumination. Available in many shapes and colors, halogens are also dimmer-friendly. While they meet new federal standards, halogen incandescent bulbs are not the most efficient alternative.

Compact fluorescent Bulbs

Using the same theory incorporated in fluorescent tubes, these compact bulbs will fit most light fixture. They consume only about 25 percent of the electricity used by incandescent bulbs and have an average expected service life 10 times longer. CFL technology has evolved considerably since they were introduced and compact fluorescent bulbs are now available in color temperatures ranging from warm soft hues suitable for interior lighting to bright, white daylight.

LED Lights

The latest addition to the science of home lighting, light emitting diodes convert electrical current to light with superior energy savings. An LED bulb uses only 20 to 25 percent as much energy as a conventional incandescent yet will deliver an expected service life up to 25 times longer. Their substantially higher upfront purchase price is expected to be offset by the low rate of replacement thanks to the extended service life.

Wood Air Conditioning & Plumbing provides expert home performance evaluation services. Call us today at 903-285-6550 for more information about the latest in home lighting technology and ways you can save energy throughout your home.

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