How can I save money and energy with light bulbs?

Choosing the right light bulb can help you save energy and money. Deciding between LED, halogen or compact fluorescent bulbs 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 light bulbs. By choosing to use energy-efficient bulbs, 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 light bulbs 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 bulbs. Westinghouse Eco-Halogen light bulbs are an excellent energy-efficient alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs because they use less energy, provide excellent color and they are dimmable.

Consumers are used to traditional incandescent and halogen light bulbs 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 décor.

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 bulbs. In addition to their energy-saving features, these light bulbs are fully recyclable and do not contain mercury or other hazardous materials. All Westinghouse LED bulbs are fully dimmable and light instantly. While energy-efficient light bulbs are more expensive to purchase than standard bulbs, over time using more efficient lighting can save you considerable money. Traditional incandescent bulbs burn an enormous amount of electricity and they don’t last very long. A standard 60 watt incandescent light bulb 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 light bulb will also last 1,000 hours but only costs around $5.00 to operate. An even more efficient 13 watt compact fluorescent bulb (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.