Energy Efficient Light Bulbs - Enough to give Edison a headache.

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Energy Efficient Light Bulbs - Enough to give Edison a headache.

Lightbulbs - It's enough to give Edison a headache

 

Here’s a bright idea. Let’s try to make the purchase of energy efficient light bulbs a little easier for consumers. Remember when buying a light bulb involved the simple choice of brightness? Well now you need to know about volts, lumens and kelvins, understand the terms omnidirectional and unidirectional, and know the difference between CFL’s, LED’s and Halogens.

 

 There are now endless choices of energy efficient light bulbs crowding the aisles of your favorite store. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for energy efficiency and welcome the latest products sparked by new Federal standards, but you shouldn’t have to put in hours of research just to buy a light bulb.

 

Energy Efficient Light Bulbs _ enough to give Edison a headacheThere is a flicker of hope on the horizon. Lighting manufacturers are working on displays and packaging information to make energy efficient light bulb shopping less confusing. However, until that happens, expect a challenge.

 

For example, if you're particular like me - you'll want to chooseenergy saving bulbs that produce the most attractive and pleasant light. (It’s all about the ambiance, baby.) Therefore, it's important to understand how to match a bulb’s color temperature to the tones of your room(s). 

 

Energy Efficient Light BulbsSounds simple enough, right?  Wrong. Manufacturers have developed a system called the “correlated color temperature” index. Unfortunately, it works counter to the way most of us think. The lower color temperature, emits a warmer and more yellow light, while the higher color temperature, produces a cooler and more bluish hue.

 

What’s a bulb buyer to do?  Here’s a link to help shed a little light on the subject. HELP!  In the meantime, the next time you need an energy efficient light bulb, you'll have plenty of choices - enough to give Edison a headache.

 

 

When it's time to change the light bulbs at your house in Camas or Washougal, all it takes is one Realtor. I've earned the NAR's Green Designation, and I've done my "light bulb" homework. In fact, let's explore all your Green home and lifestyle goals and options.

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Debbie, so true - it is way more confusing than necessary. The good news is that technology is making it possible to have energy efficient light bulbs that cast attractive light in a variety of spectrums.  But, finding the right bulb for your needs does require a bit of study time. 


Kristine - I knew you'd appreciate the importance of good lighting. Stagers know very well, the importance of lighting for creating ambiance and providing the right kind of light for various roooms.  That awful greenish, sick color that some of the bulbs emit has gotta go!

Steve, they have light bulbs that employ two technologies now to get rid of that warm up time...I think the halogen goes on instantly while the CFL warms up...or something similiar. We had the old warm up ones in the garage for a while, finally I convinced my husband that they  "had to go."

Aug 25, 2011 02:30 AM #13
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Brian,

 So glad you asked.

Kelvin is a unit of measurement used to describe the hue of a specific light source. This is not necessarily related to the heat output of the light source but rather the color of the light output. The higher the Kelvin value of the light source, the closer the light's color output will be to actual sunlight

And, now you know - so, not only do you need to know about the correlated color temperature index, but understand a bit about the Kelvin value.

It really is a complicated issue, but they could (and probably eventually will) make is much easier for the average person to buy a new light bulb.

Thanks for the visit.

Aug 25, 2011 02:34 AM #14
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Mel, yes, there are a few bulbs worthy of our love and adoration. By the way, just left a comment at your blog - email versus text. Funny girl.

 

Cal, Note # 13 - comment to Steve's post. Hopefully, we won't see a lot of the old "warm up" bulbs in the future. The technology is catching up...the incandescents are still going to be available...it's a gradual phase out starting with the 100 Watts. But, if they can make them more energy efficient, which they're now trying to do...they won't become a thing of the past after all.

Aug 25, 2011 02:38 AM #15
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Debb, in today's market having the "GREEN" designation is very important --- great post!

Aug 25, 2011 02:57 AM #16
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Hi Debb, really informative post.  I have to say that I will not purchase the curly light bulbs anymore, as they have mercury in them, even if it is a small amount.  They say they do not break, that is wrong.  A lamp I had fell as I was trying to move things in a tight space.  It fell on carpet and shattered the bulb.  The haze that came up fast and into my face was not pleasant, I moved quickly and cleaned up carefully, but this fell on carpet and broke?  No, I won't be purchasing those any time soon.  We have used the energy efficient that ae not curly for outdoors and plus indoors as well, but they tend to burn out quickly.  I was told by a technician that you should leave them on all the time in order to save.  I don't know, I would rather not do that, and I do try to be as green as I am able, just not with curly bulbs...

Aug 25, 2011 05:56 AM #17
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Hi Joan, yes, I think Green is where it's going for all of us in the future...why not be riding the wave? Thanks for the visit Joan.

Hi Mary,

 I totally agree with the mercury curly bulbs...they scare the heck out of me.  I'm thinking that technology just keeps getting better and better with the new energy efficient options. So, hopefully, we'll find some bulbs that really work well. I'm actually going to be experimenting and I'll share my results with you.

Always great to see you.  D

Aug 25, 2011 07:47 AM #18
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Hi Debb~

Hope you will post this over at the Eco-All_Stars Group as well. I'd love to Feature it! Solid information...and a plug for NAR GREEN...can't beat that combination =) THX

Aug 25, 2011 08:28 AM #19
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Hi janeAnne,

 How weird is that? I thought I already post to the Eco - All Stars...I've since fixed that. And thanks for the feature and "Green" support. 

Aug 25, 2011 08:49 AM #20
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Debb - I didn't realize there was such a difference!  Thank you.

Aug 25, 2011 02:15 PM #21
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Hi Debb~ 

Super post with lots of information! Glad to see janeAnne feature it! 

I really love the picture of Uncle Fester lighting the way too! That made me laugh...

Have a wonderful weekend,

Aug 26, 2011 07:48 AM #22
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Good Grief, Debb - I'm glad I'm not the one who buys light bulbs in the family. I guess it's an achievement that ought to be celebrated - making buying a light bulb complicated. Thanks for the info.

Aug 26, 2011 11:02 AM #23
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Well done post, Debb.  A simple task has indeed become too complicated.

 Life is good!

Aug 26, 2011 11:54 AM #24
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Can I shed some light on this (blog) subject?  You shoulda been featured, missy!  This is a TERRIFIC post, with all kinds of cool stuff and delightfully written...please take that to heart.

Honestly, a GREAT topic that missed the

*SPOTLIGHT*

it deserved. I'm bummed. Well, I'm hitting *suggest* anyway!

P.S. and bookmarking 'cause this all befuddles me, too!

Aug 26, 2011 02:01 PM #25
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Debb,

I went to an energy summit a few weeks ago and learned about this stuff but truthfully, your post is more enjoyable, educational and definitely more fun! I just love the photos and how you get the message across. A definite suggest!

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Gail and Judy, thanks so much for the read and the comments. Yes, it's almost laughable how complicated this has become. :)

Hi, Roy, thanks to you too. I appreciate the kind words and the flower is exceptional.

 

Dick, yes, you're lucky Mary covers this one too!

Gayle, thanks.  That means so very much to me.  I'll visit your post and see what's shakin at the Lake.

Patricia - Wow, kind accolades from you too. Thanks for the kind words. I did work hard to get the information in a more readable manner...it can be kind of dry. :)

Aug 27, 2011 03:13 AM #27
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Regardless of anything else, this topic is a bandwagon for me.  If we can't produce something in our own country because of the dangers and EPA regulations, and our only source is to purchase these from China, and they are going to be MANDATORY by 2013, and the hazards of breakage, etc., there just has to be a better way.  I am really glad to see that there is a movement in Congress to get rid of this ill-thought-out law.  I'm all for energy efficiency, but the loopholes in this are too huge.  (Thanks for letting me say my piece)

Aug 28, 2011 07:34 AM #28
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I know Mimi, the good news is that there are many companies working on new technology...hopefully, they'll get it right. 
And, you are welcome. :)

Aug 29, 2011 02:05 AM #29
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Mimi, Update. I'll also send you an email. I am using LED's until they get the mercury out of CFL's. There is nothing green to me about Mecury. So, I think we concur. At any rate, I'm still researching the topic and will share the news with my besties. :)

Sep 03, 2011 07:59 AM #30
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Dear Sir(s),

I would like to have your consent in using the image with the "Correlated color temperature" in the website above. The purpose is to embody your photo in chapter 2 of the volume "Principles and units of photometry" that I am writing as part of the educational material for the Hellenic Open University and more specifically for its Postgraduate Studies Program on "Lighting design - Multimedia".

Yours,

Dr. Harry Kambezidis

Mar 18, 2013 12:33 AM #31
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You will need to contact mapawatt.com and no doubt have an attribute in the graphic ( or give credit). If you click on the image it will send you to their site.

 

You will also find that same image used by many companies selling lighting products, blogs, etc.  It's in dozens of sites.

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