Save Money And Energy By Using Fluorescent Bulbs!

Fluorescent bulbs can increase your lighting efficiency & is one way to decrease your energy bills. Are the new fluorescent lamps a good choice for use in the home?

Since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1880, we have been lighting our homes with the trusty incandescant(pronounced in-kan-des'-ent) light bulb. How does this type of light bulb actually produce light? When an electric current is passed through a metallic filament it heats the filament to a high temperature. The filament is placed inside an evacuated glass bulb attached to a lamp base which supplies the electric current. "Efficiency, in lumens per watt, is increased by raising the temperature of the filament, since more of the output energy is transferred from the infrared to the visible spectrum.¹"

Okay, still confusing, but is this old light bulb the most efficient way of lighting your home?

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, using linear fluorescent and energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps in your house will provide high-quality and high-efficiency lighting. These lamps are proved to be more efficient and will last 6 t 10 times longer than their predecessor, the light bulb.² Although these more modern lighting fixtures are initially more expensive, they will pay for themselves by saving energy over their lifetime.

For outdoor lighting, choose from low-voltage pathway lighting to high-sodium motion-detecting light floodlights. You can also find lights that are actually powered by sunlight. They turn the light from the sun directly into electricity. These are not only energy saving, but are an excellent choice for parts of your lawn, or other outdoors areas, that are not close to an existing power supply.

Your home-supply center will be able to help you in creating energy efficient ways to light-up your home and yard. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Contractors and building suppliers are eager to help the consumer make the right choices.

1. Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia

2. U.S. Department of Energy

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