This post from Jerry Newman is a great reminder about the different light bulbs being phased out in 2014. And of course there is an app that can help you choose which ones will work best for you when you start to change them out!
Have you gone to one of your local retailers, i.e. Lowe’s or Home Depot looking for that 60 or 40 watt incandescent light bulb? Well, as of January 2014 these standard incandescent light bulbs have been phased out. According to a 2013 Osram Sylvania survey, only 4 out of 10 consumers knew about the 2014 phase-out of 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs.
What you’ll find on the store’s shelves these days are CFLs and LEDs. If you are not familiar with these new lights, you can check out these online resources and infographics for more information. See the Light Infographic as a guide to buying energy efficient light bulbs. Then check out Natural Resource Defense Council(NRDC) as another guide for saving money on those new CFLs and LEDs.
CFLs(Compact Fluorescent Lamps or Lights), and LEDs(Light Emitting Diodes) are in all the retail stores today, since old standard incandescent light bulbs are gone. Yes, if you viewed the two charts and infographics above, you know there is a big difference between LEDs and CFLs. LED lighting differs from incandescent and compact fluorescent lighting in several ways. When designed well, LED lighting can be more efficient, durable, versatile and longer lasting. LED lighting products use light emitting diodes to produce light very efficiently. An electrical current passed through semiconductor material illuminates the tiny light sources we call LEDs. The heat produced is absorbed into a heat sink.
Consumers today need to be prepared for higher costs, longer life, and long-term savings with these two new type of lights on the market today. If you’ve experienced higher energy and utility bills due to this past winter, I am sure you’re ready to welcome both of these energy saving light bulbs in your homes.
The Light Bulb Finder is a Mobile App that shows which efficient light bulb is the best replacement for existing inefficient bulbs. Also, Energy Star®-certified CFLs pay for themselves in about six months. To calculate just how much can be saved with an upgrade to a CFL or LED, use Energy Star® calculator.
You may also visit NRDC’s blog for more detailed information about the difference between LEDs and CFLs. But, here are a few simple tips.
• Not all CFLs and LEDs are created equally. To ensure you are getting a good one, only buy those that have the Energy Star® label. These not only save you energy but will also perform well over time.
• Light bulbs come in different flavors. If you want the light to look just like it did with your old incandescent, buy one that says “warm white." Those that say “daylight” or “cool white” will have a much whiter, almost bluish white light, which many consumers may not like.
• If you want a dimmable bulb, buy a LED or incandescent bulb.
If you are ready to purchase a New Energy Efficiency Home that will save on those utility bills, or looking to upgrade and make your existing home more Energy Efficient with Green Home Features, Call Jerry today at 210-789-4216.
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