A lot of confusion surrounds light bulbs today, and we thought we’d take a minute to help answer some of our most frequently asked light bulb questions:
Why were incandescent bulbs eliminated anyway?
About seven years ago (in 2007), a law (the Energy Independence and Security Act) was passed to improve energy efficient requirements form many consumer items, most commonly used – lightbulbs. Incandescent bulbs weren’t eliminated with this law, but it did require lightbulbs to consume much less energy than they previously did. This introduced many different types of light bulbs with much less energy output levels and a much longer lifespan.
Why was it so important to change the energy laws?
Everyone in the United States uses artificial light daily. The average home has around fifty light bulbs in it. We’ve become so used to it, that we barely even notice it anymore. Lightbulbs make a very real impact on home energy usage.
Incandescent bulbs seem much more inexpensive when compared to the newer efficient bulbs, but they burnt out much quicker and had a significant environmental impact and replacement cost. Halogen incandescents, CFL and LED light bulbs last much longer and consume less energy. The original purchase of the bulb may seem costly, but over time they actually can save you money. Energy usage reductions are calculated at about 90% on average!
I want to replace my traditional incandescent bulbs… what should i buy?
You have many options – halogen incandescent, CFL or LED bulbs. If you cant’ remember watts, go for lumens, which is a measure of the light given off by the bulb. Here’s a handy rule you can use:
|40 watts = 450 lumens|
|60 watts = 800 lumens|
|75 watts = 1,100 lumens|
If you have questions about light bulbs, give us a call! Our expert lighting staff is ready to help you make the switch to an energy saving life!