Energy efficiency isn’t a new concept, but every single year there seems to be a new advance in the area. Light emitting diodes, or what you know as LEDs, for example, aren’t new but their prices continue to drop and more and more people are using them. And why not? Some LEDs have a lifespan of up to 25 years!
Out With the Old
2013 marks “year two” of an ongoing transition to energy-efficient lighting in the U.S. market. Have you realized that 100-watt incandescent bulbs have been phased out due to their inefficiency? The same will be done to 75-watt incandescent bulbs. Meanwhile, LEDs are now available in 100-watt equivalents in addition to the existing 40-, 60-, and 75-watt versions.
Let’s not forgot the other options that are available, though. These include compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and halogen incandescent bulbs. LEDs and CFLs use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs while halogen incandescent bulbs use 30% less.
In With the New
Here’s a tidbit you might not have known. The famous ball that drops in the middle of Times Square in New York City on New Years’ Eve is comprised of 32,000 glowing LEDs! According to the Times Square Alliance, each LED module contains 12 blue, 12 green, and 12 white for a total of 8,064 of each color. It’s no wonder it glows so bright.
Don’t Forget about ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR puts their stamp of approval on a great deal of products, even light bulbs. They’ll even show you what your annual estimated energy cost would be right on the product label! With some bulbs costing approximately $1.00 per year in energy costs and the amount of bulbs you use in your home, choosing the right bulb is easier than ever.
So you may never use 32,000 LEDs in your lifetime but you don’t have to be the Times Square Alliance to take advantage of the energy saving benefits of light emitting diodes. Choosing energy efficient lighting has the potential to save you money, especially when you realize just how much lighting accounts for on your energy bill.
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