How can I save money and energy with light bulbs?

Choosing the right lamp can help you save energy dollars. Deciding between LED, halogen or compact fluorescent lamps can make more sense when you understand your options. Below are some facts about lighting that can help you make the right choice.

Commercial industries, such as stores, schools and businesses, use about 38% of their electricity for lighting. In the average home, up to 25% of the electric bill is for lighting. Most of this light is produced by inefficient incandescent lamps. By choosing to use energy-efficient lamps, monthly electric bills can be significantly reduced. In addition, using more energy-efficient products greatly reduces the amount of carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants released into the atmosphere, which is beneficial for our environment.

Higher wattage incandescent lamps are not necessarily brighter than their energy-efficient counterparts. There are many energy-efficient lighting options that produce light output, quality and performance similar to incandescent lamps. Westinghouse Eco-Halogen lamps are an excellent energy-efficient alternative to traditional incandescent lamps because they use less energy, provide excellent color and they are dimmable.

Consumers are used to traditional incandescent and
halogen lamps that come in a standard “warm white” color.
Westinghouse CFLs are available in a wide range of Kelvin
temperatures including; “Warm White” 2700K, “Bright White” 3500K and “Daylight” 6500K. Today’s energy-saving compact
fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are available in a variety of color
temperatures, shapes and styles providing consumers with
many lighting options to complement their decor.

Lighting technologies continue to evolve creating more application options and improving light quality. Westinghouse provides state of the art LED lighting technology that saves up to 90% in energy costs compared to similar incandescent lamps. In addition to their energy-saving features, these lamps are fully recyclable and do not contain mercury or other hazardous materials. All Westinghouse LED lamps are fully dimmable and light instantly. While energy-efficient lamps are more expensive to purchase than standard lamps, over time using more efficient lighting can save you considerable money. Traditional incandescent lamps burn an enormous amount of electricity and they don’t last very long. A standard 60 watt incandescent lamp uses significantly more energy, typically lasts only 1,000 hours, and costs about $7.00 annually to operate. An equivalent, energy-efficient Eco-Halogen, 42 watt, standard lamp will also last 1,000 hours but only costs around $5.00 to operate. An even more efficient 13 watt compact fluorescent lamp (a 60W incandescent equivalent) costs $1.60 to operate and will last between 6,000 and
10,000 hours. An 8 watt LED (a 40W incandescent equivalent) will cost only $.96 to operate and will last over 30,000 hours.

With so many energy-efficient lighting options, you can choose the best light for your application while saving time and money.