Energy-efficient lighting: saving money and power

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – One of the easiest ways to cut down on your energy bill is by making the switch to energy-efficient lighting. Claire Cuozzo and Diana Vasquez from the Center for Eco Technology in Florence shared more about the different options available for lighting.

How do I pick which kind of CFL or LED to get?
To find the one you like, consider criteria (like lumens, color, fixture type-show variety of packaged bulbs). Make sure you use them correctly because incorrect use of energy-saving bulbs can shorten their lives.

What are CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb)?

Use about 75 percent less energy and last 7 to 10 times longer than the incandescent bulbs they replace. Lasts on average 10,000 hours or 6-8yrs high use
The spirals and covered spirals give off light in all directions so good for lamps

They take time to fully brighten, typically from 19 seconds for spiral bulbs to several minutes or more for flood/reflector bulbs, especially when used outdoors in frigid temperatures
CFLs contain mercury and while the amount is small (like a tuna fish sandwich), they should be recycled

What are LEDs?

Use slightly less energy than CFLS. Lasts on average 50,000 hours or 50 years of high use
Most cost effective! Cost of electricity to light these for the same life span (50,000hrs) has large cost differences – $45 for LED, $105 for CFL and $450 for incandescent bulb
LEDs instantly brighten, even in frigid temperatures

LEDs can be expensive although prices have been going down

Clean up broken CFLS carefully, and make sure to recycle.

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