Energy Saving Light Bulb Buying Tips

By John Focht

Looking for ways to save on your energy bill this year?  A quick energy saving tip is simply replacing your old standard incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs like Halogen Incandescents, CFL’s, or LED’s.

Halogen Incandescent Light Bulbs

Halogen Incandescent Light Bulbs are cheaper than CFL’s and LED’s and use less energy than the Standard Incandescent light bulb.  These light bulbs typically last two years.

CFL’s

CFL light bulbs (compact fluorescent lamps) are the swirly light bulbs.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy (http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/fluorescent-lighting) , CFL’s will last 6,000-15,000 hours longer than standard light bulbs.

LED’s

LED light bulbs (light emitting diode) are the most energy efficient light bulb today.  According to the National Resource Defense Council (http://www.nrdc.org/energy/lightbulbs/files/lightbulbguide.pdf)  , LED light bulbs will last up to 25 years.  LED’s and CFL’s use about 75 percent less energy.

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